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Triple Tree Aerodrome adds fly-in

Event March 27 to 29 honors 96-year-old volunteer John Hartness

Triple Tree Aerodrome, an airstrip, education center, and favorite gathering spot tucked into the South Carolina foothills near Greenville, is adding the Uncle John's Fly-In March 27 through 29 to an already-packed social and aviation calendar.

Young Aviators Fly-In co-founder Cayla McLeod waves goodbye to a departing Cessna 195 pilot at Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina. Photo by David Tulis.

The 7,000-foot-long bent grass runway hosts several popular general aviation and radio-control flying events throughout the year. The social flying season begins with a Chilly Chili Leap Year GA fly-in February 29, when competitors bring on the heat to warm up winter. The flying season includes the popular Joe Nall Week RC event May 9 to 16, the Young Aviators Fly-In June 19 to 21, and the fall’s Triple Tree Fly-In September 21 to 27.

Organizers roll out an immaculate green carpet turf runway, an airplane-watching gazebo, and luxurious camping and restroom facilities for the airfield’s hallmarks of “fun, friendship, and hospitality.”

The new fly-in honors longtime volunteer and active Mooney pilot John Hartness, the uncle of Triple Tree Aerodrome patriarch Pat Hartness. The event kicks off a birthday celebration for “Uncle John,” as he approaches his ninety-seventh birthday.

Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina, will honor longtime volunteer John Hartness with the inaugural Uncle John's Fly-In March 27 to 29. Photo courtesy of Triple Tree Aerodrome.

“Uncle John has a hand in everything we do, from riding his new Kioti tractor mowing our 400-acre facility,” to “mentoring young men and women on how to build model aircraft,” said Robb Williams, the airfield’s executive director.

Williams and other members of the local aviation community have pledged to “ignite and expand the passion for aviation” with hands-on RC events, an aviation-centered education program for youths, EAA Young Eagles flights, and other events designed to make flying more accessible, more educational, and more fun.

David Tulis
David Tulis
Senior Photographer
Senior Photographer David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a private pilot with single-engine land and sea ratings and a tailwheel endorsement. He is also a certificated remote pilot and co-host of the award-wining AOPA Hangar Talk podcast. David enjoys vintage aircraft and photography.
Topics: Aviation Industry, Fly-in, U.S. Travel

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