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Triple Tree Aerodrome cancels fall events

Triple Tree Fly-In, Heli Extravaganza, Nall in the Fall RC events affected

Aviators hoping for a reprieve from the coronavirus pandemic received more bad news with the cancellation of multiple late-summer and fall events scheduled for Triple Tree Aerodrome, an idyllic 7,000-foot-long grass landing strip and airplane-camping magnet in Woodruff, South Carolina.

Pilots and their aircraft gather at Triple Tree Aerodrome for the 2017 solar eclipse. Multiple late summer and fall events were canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Photo by Alyssa Cobb.

The airfield’s board of directors made the decision to keep their aviation kinfolk safe during rising cases of COVID-19 reported in surrounding Southeastern states and through the Midwest.

“When you attend any of our events, you become part of our family. Families take care of each other and their well-being,” read a July 2 statement by Triple Tree Aerodrome Executive Director Robb Williams. “In the interest of safety for our family, it brings me great sadness to announce that we will be canceling our Fall 2020 series of events.”

Pilots will have to wait until early 2021 and the Frosty Dog radio control event or the Chilly Chili general aviation aircraft fly-in to return to the airstrip surrounded by tall southern pines and fishing ponds developed by founder Pat Hartness, who relishes the trademarks of “fun, fellowship, and hospitality.”

The Triple Tree Fly-In was moved to September 20 through 26, 2021; the Nall in the Fall weeklong radio control event was moved to October 2 through 9, 2021; and the Heli Extravaganza was moved to October 2021, with exact dates to be determined. The Young Aviators Fly-In presented by—and for—young pilots was previously moved to June 18 to 21, 2021.

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 ad photography.
Topics: COVID19, Fly-in, People

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