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RAF Mission Statement

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

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The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) was founded by a group of Montana pilots who realized 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 actually creating new public-use recreational airstrips throughout the United States. Recognized by the IRS as a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the RAF is using tax-deductible donations to:

  • Identify private and public land for the development of new airstrips,
  • Assist in funding the building of new airstrips on public land,
  • Develop educational materials to assist pilots in being knowledgeable advocates,
  • Fund efforts to gain national recognition of backcountry recreational aviation and airstrips as a legitimate use of public lands.
  • Provide educational information regarding recreational airstrips to members of Congress and their staff.
Alan Metzler
President
Jack Tyler
Director and Vice President
Bill McGlynn
Director and Secretary
Mike Perkins
Director and Treasurer
Peter Bunce
Director
Steve Johnson
Director
Jerome Morrison (Jerry) Cain
Director Emeritus
Reade Genzlinger
Former Director and Secretary/Treasurer
Chuck Jarecki
Founding Director
Tim Clifford
Former Director and Vice President
Rol Murrow
Former Director
Dan Prill
Founding Director
Roger Blew
Environmental Science Advisory Committee
F. Richard "Ric" Hauer
Environmental Science Advisory Committee
Mark Novak
Environmental Science Advisory Committee
Andrew Turner
Environmental Science Advisory Committee
Al Clayton
Alaska State Liaison
Mark Spencer
Arizona State Liaison and Public Lands Liaison
Dave Powell
Arkansas State Liaison
Richard "Rick" Lach
California State Liaison
Tom Haefeli
Colorado State Liaison
Patrick Romano
Colorado State Liaison
Bobby Capozzi
Florida State Liaison
Eric Davis
Georgia State Liaison
Brett Wilkes
Georgia State Liaison
Mike Hart
Idaho State Liaison
Mike Purpura
Illinois State Liaison
Jeff Smith
Kentucky State Liaison
Steve Mason
Maine State Liaison
Andy Rowe
Maine State Liaison
Craig McCullough
Maryland State Liaison
Rene Robillard
Massachusetts State Liaison
Brad Frederick
Michigan State Liaison
Kirk Hiner
Minnesota State Liaison
Kurt Pennuto
Minnesota State Liaison
Jim Dickerson
Missouri State Liaison
Sarah Dickerson
Missouri State Liaison
Ron Normandeau
Montana State Liaison
Scott Newpower
Montana State Liaison
Dan Keller
Nebraska State Liaison
John Meade
New Hampshire State Liaison
Larry Filener
New Mexico State Liaison
Ron Keller
New Mexico State Liaison
Russell "Russ" Holland
New York State Liaison
Tim Farris
North Carolina State Liaison
Brian Rau
North Dakota State Liaison
Christine Mortine
Ohio State Liaison
Freeman Swank
Ohio State Liaison
Steve Thompson
Oklahoma State Liaison
Richard Mayes
Oregon State Liaison
Bill Repucci
South Carolina State Liaison
Ray Jilek
South Dakota State Liaison
Steve Lewis
Tennessee State Liaison
Chase Snodgrass
Texas State Liaison
Steve Durtschi
Utah State Liaison
Wayne Loeber
Utah State Liaison
R.M. "Bob" Burley
Vermont State Liaison
Matthew Kline
Virginia State Liaison
Dave Whitelaw
Washington State Liaison
Jeff Russell
Wisconsin State Liaison
Lori Olson
Wyoming State Liaison
Carmine Mowbray
Press Liaison
Craig McCullough
Bureau of Land Management Liaison
Pete Smith
Bureau of Land Management Liaison
Sarah Chandler
Volunteer Coordinator

RAF History

"If not now, when; and if not us, who?" Those two questions were the basis for this organization we call the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF). Like certain words in other documents that we all refer back to, they are as appropriate today as they were on that starlit evening when those two questions were asked of the group of pilots a number of years ago while sitting around a campfire on a backcountry airstrip.

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