The Heli Extravaganza was held September 21-23, 2012, on
the same grounds as the popular Joe Nall and e Week events.
It was amazing that so many people attended and stayed until
the end for this inaugural event. Was it the beautiful grounds
and views, or the full-scale aircraft that buzzed around and
took off every now and then that made them stay? Or was it
the warm weather and the sun setting over the ponds in the
To be at the Triple Tree Aerodrome and to fly there left
many in awe, but it really all came back around to those
three little words that Pat spoke of during dinner Thursday
night: fun, fellowship, and hospitality. One more word should,
however, be added to that equation: flying. The heli pilots love
Steve Rogers, Clint Akins, and Darrell Sprayberry had been
managing the helicopter section for the Triple Tree staff at Joe
Nall since its flightline opened approximately four years ago,
and for the last couple of years at e Week.
Cortez Jenkins Jr. talks with other pilots
about his Align T-Rex 600E’s setup. The
helicopter community and its pilots are
willing to o;er advice to others, especially
at fun, relaxed events such as this.
There’s even more to see!
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Helicopter pilots were welcomed to the
;rst Heli Extravaganza with banners at
the front gate and the main flightline. The
Triple Tree sta; deemed the helicopter-only fun-fly an annual Triple Tree event.
Matt Botos, owner of Synergy
Helicopters, helps a beginner with his
training helicopter. The family- and pet-friendly Heli Extravaganza was an event
for all skill levels.
Women flew at the Heli Extravaganza, too!
Amy Botos was at the flightline many times
throughout the weekend flying her Blade 130
X and Blade mCP X helicopters.
Peter Wales’ Vario 1/3-scale 300 C electric
helicopter sets under one of the tents at the
Scale flightline. Strong winds scaled back the
amount of flying for Scale pilots.
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