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

RAF 2022 PHOTO CONTEST CONCLUDED

November 15, 2022

The 2022 RAF Photo Contest just concluded, again with striking results among the 149 images we received. Again this year, our VP’s of Appreciation took time to review and judge them anonymously. The “RAF Mission” category yielded appealing images of what we do and why. Your response illustrates that the RAF is fulfilling its mission…

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RAF SUPPORTER PROVIDES A LOT OF GREEN

November 14, 2022

When you create and commit to preserving airfields, you quickly learn that grass grows, weeds encroach, and RAF volunteers must work hard keeping ahead of it all. One of our RAF friends has stepped up to help, and has set a new high for support. Peter Burwell is not only an avid airplane and helicopter pilot, enthusiastic…

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LONG TERM EFFORTS KEEP STOVEPIPE WELLS OPEN

November 14, 2022

“Success has many fathers,” RAF Director Tim Riley says, using the proverb to point out that many people put in a lot of time and effort toward preserving Stovepipe Wells airport in Death Valley National Park.  The Park Service had planned to close the airstrip in favor of stargazing. After meetings with aviation advocates, and…

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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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