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RAF's Next Backcountry Boutique Item Debuts August 5

On Sunday, August 5, we will debut our next RAF Backcountry Boutique logo item. Be sure to check out the RAF websiteFacebook page or Instagram page on the morning of the 5th. We sell small quantities of each Backcountry Boutique item and let you know how many we have in stock. When they’re gone, they’re gone!

RAF hosts Two Hearted Airstrip Grand Opening

To celebrate the addition of another premier recreational flying destination, the RAF held a Grand Opening July 7 at Two Hearted airstrip, in Michigan’s Lake Superior State Forest.

Fly-ins Resume at Georgia’s Creighton Island

After one weather cancellation, the series of Creighton Island Fly-in’s continued on the June 22-24 weekend. 

Gary Davis (RAF Georgia Ambassador Eric Davis's father) and Ambassador Amrat Chugani and Florida Liaison Bobby Capozzi flew in and while there, found ancient artifacts, among them, a perfectly preserved tomahawk head.

New Weather Station at Ryan Field - Bill McGlynn

While in Missoula for AOPA’s regional Fly-In, we were visited by Eugene Bodrero, a representative of Dyacon, the Logan, UT-based manufacturer of new weather stations.  Using all the latest technology, Dyacon can put up a full-function weather station – similar to a standard METAR station – at a fraction of the cost. It records and displays wind and direction, pressure, air temperature, humidity, and dew point on 10-minute intervals.

Skywagons Come Out for Ryan Fly-In

When the weather cleared over this year’s Ryan Fly-In in Montana, the sun shone on 21 aircraft, and many drive-in vehicles. Swan Mountain Outfitters catered Friday and Saturday chuckwagon-style dinners. The keg was tapped each evening at 5 o’clock, and folks huddled under shelter while they waited for RAF volunteers to grill the perfect steak on Saturday night.

Featured Airstrip

Two Hearted airstrip, (6Y5) is a new recreational destination near where Ernest Hemingway’s “Big Two Hearted River” joins Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Two Hearted River is considered a premier US trout stream, and there is a state campground near the airstrip.

RAF Opens New Airstrip in Michigan's UP

The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) is pleased to announce the public opening of Two Hearted airstrip, (6Y5) a new recreational destination near where Ernest Hemingway’s “Big Two Hearted River” joins Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Two Hearted River is considered a premier US trout stream, and there is a state campground near the airstrip.

July Events

July is very busy with fly-ins and work parties. Please plan on joining us for one or more events. Clicking on any event title will take you to the RAF events calendar page with more information.

July 7: Two Hearted River Airstrip Grand Opening, Michigan

Senator Daines announces Forest Service request at AOPA Fly-in

During his address to the AOPA crowd in Missoula, Montana, Senator Daines announced that he had just delivered a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, requesting he consider re-opening a select number of the original US Forest Service airstrips lying within the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. Beginning in the 1930s the USFS established and used nine widely dispersed pastoral airstrips to fight fires and re-supply Ranger Stations — saving hours and hours by mule-train — until the 1964 Wilderness Act summarily closed all of them.