From the start, Steve and Clint, who both work for Castle
Creations, and Darrell, a sponsored Castle pilot, Scale Nats
CD, and well-known Scale helicopter builder, had expressed
how much they would like to have an all-helicopter event at
Triple Tree. The only issue was that there had never been an
“unofficial” Triple Tree event held on the grounds.
The three persisted, and it finally paid off. They were given
the final okay by Triple Tree staff during Joe Nall 2012 to hold
an event. There was little time to plan, set a date (and find
a weekend that would not coincide with any other events),
gather sponsors, and organize.
Word quickly spread that the helicopter community would
have its own fun-fly at the facility, but how the event would
actually go—or what the turnout would be—would be
unknown until it happened.
“Events at Triple Tree are known for larger-than-normal
numbers,” Steve said, “but there’s always a chance of a first-year event yielding a small number. You presume [that] larger
than normal number, but deep down you have to be prepared
for what you get if it’s smaller than the presumption.”
This event was similar to other RC helicopter fly-ins. Pilots
arrived and staked out their spaces with canopies and/or tables
and chairs. Those who preregistered were eligible for raffle
prizes that included a Gaui 200 helicopter kit combo, DJI
Flame Wheel F450, and various items from KDE Direct and
KBDD. Experience RC brought its mobile store trailer.
A dinner was held Saturday night for the pilots, and a live
band provided entertainment. Professional and sponsored
pilots flew during the day among beginner and intermediate
pilots, and night rigs lit the sky in the evenings.
What made this event special was where it took place, the
people who came to participate, and the reaction that the
Triple Tree staff received.
Henry Caldwell’s KDS and T-Rex 700E helis
were two of the many types flown at the Heli
Extravaganza. Synergy and SAB Goblins,
Horizon Hobby Blades, and Hensleit TDRs were
Attendees gather to watch Synergy Helicopters team pilots
fly. The Heli Extravaganza drew 101 registered pilots. The
many canopies set up behind the flightline proved this was a
THE EPITOME OF
A GRASSROOTS-STYLE HELI EVENT,
ON PILOTS OF ALL
FACT THAT IT
WAS TRIPLE TREE
REALLY WAS ICING
ON THE CAKE!”
—Chris Mulcahy Photos by the author
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