The gazebo at Triple Tree Aerodrome provided refuge from the rain
and was the spot for late-night helicopter repairs.
Josh Chandler takes advantage of the dry spell
with his Blade 700 X, while his wife, Tara,
spots for him.
2015 Heli Extravaganza
Let’s get this out of the way: it was wet! Little did we know that what we were experiencing was just the tip of the iceberg, as Hurricane Joaquin was barreling its way toward the East Coast.
The week after the Heli Extravaganza saw tremendous flooding at the Triple
Tree Aerodrome, and South Carolina in general. However, we didn’t know about
the hurricane at the time and made the most of it. Despite the weather, we still
had 110 pilots signed in by the time the
event was over!
I pulled in Wednesday evening, and
luckily for me, it was dry and I soon
had the camper situated. The following
four days brought sporadic showers
and gloomy overcast skies. This did not
stop anyone! People squeezed in flights
during the dry periods and wrenched on
helicopters while telling stories during
the wet parts.
The vendors that made it to the event
didn’t let the rain slow them down
either, and were set up along vendor
row. Even the Experience RC big-rig
mobile store made it in!
Not long ago, I discussed going to
events regardless of weather forecasts,
and this was a prime example of just
that. Everyone had a great time, and
there were even some big-name pilots
there who showed off their skills,
including Nick Maxwell, Matt Botos,
Bert Kammerer, and Kyle Stacy.
The pond claimed a few model
aircraft victims, as pilots pushed
their limits over the water. The first
helicopter to go in belonged to Mark
Griggs, who valiantly stripped off his
clothing and waded in to retrieve his
model. Andrew Merlino was next after
something fell off of his heli and ended
up in the water. James Haley waded in
after an FPV quadcopter (it was not
Steve Rogers and Clint Akins of Castle
Creations run the show!
107 Model Aviation JANUARY 2016 www.ModelAviation.com