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Ryan Field Fly In

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

Wisconsin- Bratwurst Party Fundraiser a Success

Wisconsin State Liaison Jeff Russell hosted the traditional “WFO” Winter is Finally Over (or something to that effect) hangar party May 21 at his hangar in Middleton, WI.  While this is the third year of this annual gathering of local aviators and friends of aviation, it is the first year it included an RAF fundraiser. 

Ranger Creek Airport Work-party- Greenwater, WA.

The Green River Chapter of the Washington Pilots Association and the RAF held their annual work party at Greenwater/Ranger Creek Airport (21W) on Saturday, May 7. 

Grapevine Airstrip To Be Charted!

Team effort between the Recreational Aviation Foundation and the Arizona Pilot’s Association is producing great results! The process of placing the Grapevine airstrip back on the Phoenix sectional, replacing the closed airport symbol that has marked the place of the Grapevine for nearly 20 years has begun!

Double Circle Ranch (Z66)- First newly charted airstrip on Forest Service Lands in Region 3 for Decades!

​Homesteaded by George Stevens and his Apache bride in 1878, under the Desert Lands Act, the Double Circle Ranch was once one of the largest cattle ranches in the southwest. It's place between Willow and Eagle creeks at 4,800' made it a coveted place by not only the ancient pueblo Indians, but by the then marauding Apaches, the most notorious being Geronimo, who even tried to bargain with General George Crook for the site.

Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering

The Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering the weekend of April 29-30 was a wonderful opportunity for the RAF to chat with aviators. The RedBird flight Simulator drew a crowd to our booth. Pilots of all ages practiced their skills, flying in and out of some fun recreational airstrips, coordinated by RAF volunteer Smoky (Debra Folsom).


Back to Basics Issue #3

This months topic: Airstrip Safety Evaluation

How do you prepare for landing in a new location?  

Here is a twelve-step program for pilots to use to prepare for landing at new locations.  

Click here to access the full pdf on the RAF Safety and Education Link

RAF at the Alaska Aviation Gathering

RAF Alaska Liaison Al Clayton and Press Liaison Carmine Mowbray hosted the RAF booth at the 19th annual Alaska Aviation Gathering at Ted Stevens Airport, (ANC) in Anchorage April 30-May 1. The event maxed out at 275 exhibitors, including cutting-edge bush aircraft and rare vintage models. Folks from as far away as Florida milled about the huge Fed Ex hangar and outdoor static displays all weekend.

Spring is in the air...

Spring is in the air and so are all our RAF members- its flying season!  There are so many events all over the country for RAF members to attend and enjoy some fun, friendship and flying.

New Pennsylvania State Liaison- Al Corden

The RAF is pleased to introduce new Pennsylvania State Liaison, Al Corden, teaming up with Chris Groshel, current Pennsylvania State Liaison.

Courtesy of a Royal Air Force (RAF) scholarship, 18-year-old Al Corden earned his private pilot's licence in  a Tiger Moth at Marshall’s Airport, Cambridge.  Naturally, this lead to his joining the RAF where he spent an enthusiastic eleven years flying Chipmunks, Gnats, Vulcans, and Canberras in the far flung outposts of Her Majesty’s Empire.