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An oasis in South Carolina

Sunshine and smiles greet sixteenth annual Triple Tree Fly-In attendees

One of the most asked questions about the Annual Triple Tree Fly-In, held in 2023 from September 18 through 24 at the Triple Tree Aerodrome (SC00) in Woodruff, South Carolina, is, “can I land my airplane on the grass runway?” The answer is almost invariably, “yes!”
Photography by Kollin Stagnito
Sunrise arrival. A Bellanca Super Decathlon lands on the 7,000-foot grass runway during the sixteenth annual Triple Tree Fly-In. Photo by Kollin Stagnito.
More than 600 aircraft flew in for the event, and hundreds of attendees camped next to their airplanes. Photography by Kollin Stagnito.

The 7,000-by-400-foot runway—believed to be the longest grass runway in the United States—is so smooth and perfectly mown, aircraft of all varieties flew in this year ranging from Piper Cubs to Cessna 172s, Cirrus SR22s, Pilatus PC–12s, a P–51 Mustang, a DC–3, and many more interesting and unique airplanes.

Triple Tree is an altogether different kind of fly-in where flying, socializing, camping, and eating rule.

AOPA created an "Oasis" for attendees at its tent on the 400-acre site, which features a 7,000-foot-long grass runway. Photography by Kim Trischman.

Attendees gather in pockets across the sprawling 400-acre facility to watch endless takeoffs, landings, and fly-bys. Each night homemade meals are served at the Main Hangar and afterward attendees drift off to campsites and RVs to share hangar stories late into the night.

“Another banner year, over 600 airplanes with over 1,500 operations,” said Robb Williams, Triple Tree Aerodrome executive director. “During that week we were not only one of the busiest airports in South Carolina, but we were equivalent to Cleveland International Airport. We had guests come from 34 states and nine foreign countries.”

Mark your calendars for next year’s Triple Tree Fly-In September 23 through 29, 2024. AOPA plans to return with its Oasis hospitality tent so we can swap tall tales and root for our favorite college football teams on one of our favorite grass strips.

Alyssa J. Miller

Kollin Stagnito

Senior Vice President of Media and Marketing
Senior Vice President of Media and Marketing Kollin Stagnito is a commercial pilot, advanced and instrument ground instructor and a certificated remote pilot. He owns a 1947 Cessna 140.

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