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The RAF at AirVenture July 28, 2016

The Recreational Aviation Foundation is pleased that our friends at Hartzell Propeller invited us to join them again this year for AirVenture at Oshkosh! Stop and see us Thursday, July 28 on the roof top patio in the Hartzell Propeller showroom booth #'s 296 and 297. We’ll be serving ice cream from 2 - 4:30 pm. Enjoy the "best ice cream in America" from Wisconsin’s own Kelley Country Creamery of Fond du Lac. So cool down with us and learn more about the RAF.

STOL Tips Seminar, Tullahoma, TN

The Art and Science of Operating Safely in Short Environments

The Beechcraft Heritage Museum in Tullahoma, TN hosted the RAF two-day seminar June 18-19 focused on operating aircraft in short environments. RAF Georgia Liaison Eric Davis organized the event “for anyone who desires to learn how to operate safely in short environments but believes they lack the right aircraft for the mission.”

North Fox Island Work Weekend

The North Fox Island work weekend on June 17-19 was a huge success according to Michigan State Liaison Brad Frederick. Seventeen aircraft brought 24 volunteers who cut brush and trees and mowed grass. RAF president John McKenna and board member Alan Metzler found their niche removing ant hills.

Ryan Field Fly-In June 24-26, 2016

RAF No-host Fly-in at Ryan Field, West Glacier, MT (2MT1) 

Come for the day or the entire June 24-26 weekend for the annual RAF Ryan Fly-in, open to everyone!  The RAF’s Dave and John Whitelaw are roasting a pig for Saturday night, complete with salads and dessert for $15 per person; kids eat free. A dinner ticket enters you in the drawing for free RAF logo wear!

RAF Weekend at Triple Tree

Tailwheel or nosewheel, everyone we interviewed at the RAF Triple Tree weekend June 3-5 agreed that the grass at SC00 is the finest their tires have ever touched. Imagine 8,000 feet of putting green with no bump to blame for that second bounce!

We wish to thank Pat Hartness and his amazing crew of Triple Tree volunteers for welcoming the RAF and dedicating their weekend to making sure everything was perfect. Weather cooperated with midday highs in the 80’s and comfortable nights in the 60’s.

FAA Reauthorization Letter

RAF joins its aviation industry friends to sign FAA Reauthorization Letter.


On June 8, a letter was sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the FAA Reauthorization Act. 

"Open for business" Three Montana airstrips

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For pilots flying the Northwest, summer flying season is off to a great start! And the Recreational Aviation Foundation is “open for business” – that is, the serious business of safe and memorable recreation!

Skypark Aviation Festival and Expo – Woods Cross, UT

The Fifth Annual Skypark Aviation Festival on June 3-4 was a success this year with several thousand folks attending. RAF Utah State Liaison Steve Durtschi gave an RAF presentation on Friday evening that was well attended.

Where will you join the RAF in June?

From New Hampshire to Utah the RAF is staying busy with fly-ins, work parties and educational seminars!  Where will you join the RAF?  Make sure to check out the RAF Calendar and plan to meet up with the RAF crew- have some fun, learn something new or help work on an airstrip.