The Recreational Aviation Foundation preserves,
improves, and creates airstrips for recreational access.

The Recreational Aviation Foundation preserves,
improves, and creates airstrips for recreational access.

The Recreational Aviation Foundation preserves,
improves, and creates airstrips for recreational access.

Welcome to the RECREATIONAL AVIATION FOUNDATION

The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) was founded by a group of Montana pilots who realized that the threat of recreational airstrip closure was of national concern. They also recognized that there was the need for a unified effort by pilots everywhere to protect public recreational opportunities. The RAF is dedicated to preserving existing airstrips and creating new public-use recreational airstrips throughout the United States.

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The RAF Way

Ryan Barn, MT

Trigger Gap, AR

The RAF implements its mission through these Guiding Principles:

We believe that aviation is a valid form of accessing recreational resources on public and private lands.

We believe in collaboration with both public and private entities to arrive at solutions that provide benefit to all parties.

We value the relationships of all stakeholders – both public and private – and commit to fostering relationships based upon integrity and transparency.

We believe that creation of new recreational airstrips will encourage the general aviation community to get out and recreate as well as provide more dispersed recreational opportunities.

We prioritize safety - from pre-flight planning to the experiences on the ground where our planes have taken us - and consider it a lifetime commitment, rather than an isolated event.

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Support our work with your tax-deductible donation. The RAF is a 501(c)(3) organization.

DID YOU HEAR? RAF members will receive a $1,000 discount on the purchase of Hartzell Propeller's Voyager, Pathfinder, Explorer, and Trailblazer propellers through 2022. Read the Press Release!

Latest News

SHOP THE RAF OUTFITTER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

December 5, 2022

The holiday season is here, and the RAF Outfitter is a great place to shop for everyone in your life! From grandchildren to spouses, we have you covered. With pullovers, onesies, windsocks, decals, and more, you can shop for the whole family! Click here to shop the Outfitter! Thank you for your support of the…

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RAF 2022 YEAR END LETTER – THE RAF WAY AT 20

November 30, 2022

What’s significant about your 20th anything? Most of us can likely recall turning 20 years old; some may recall their 20-year high school or college reunion …. Heck, when my children turned 20, I recalled just how quickly those years had elapsed. So, I am guessing most of us can look at some 20 year…

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CHICKEN STRIP RESTORED AFTER FLOOD DAMAGE

November 29, 2022

“Fifteen volunteers braved hours of rutted out 4×4 roads to come help rebuild Chicken Strip in Saline Valley on November 5 and 6,” RAF California Liaison Katerina Barilov reported. It’s ironic that an airstrip in the driest place in North America suffers occasional flooding, but a regional deluge in July created washouts that closed the airstrip in Death Valley National…

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Did you know…the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) achieves its mission almost entirely through the efforts of volunteers?

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