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Bowstring Call to Action fills the room

RAF Minnesota Liaison Kurt Pennuto wants to thank everyone who took time to respond to a Call To Action regarding Bowstring Airport. The impressive turnout on May 2 included 43 pilots — many of whom are RAF members — a resort owner, and the videographer who produced the Bowstring Fly in video. Twelve airplanes flew in. The County also received 28 emails, letters and phone calls. All wanted Bowstring to retain its open status.

Eagle Scout's Successful Payson Fly-In

“Incredible!” 

That’s the best description of the April 6-8 fly-in at Payson, AZ, (KPAN) for a weekend of fun and camping.

Creighton Island Fly-in Sets a High Bar

RAF Ambassador Eric Davis reports that the weather they had for the first of the series of Creighton Island fly-ins, held in April, was perfect for exploring this unique place. Folks from Florida and Georgia flew in, including RAF South Carolina Liaison Bill Repucci and his son Turner.

Fun Trip to Sun 'n Fun

RAF Wisconsin Liaison Jeff Russell's journey to Sun ’n Fun in April included stops at four RAF-supported airstrips.

He stopped in to visit Arkansas Liaison Dave Powell in Bentonville who rounded up some pilot friends to take Jeff on a personal air tour of the area including a stop at Trigger Gap.  “What a great airstrip!” Jeff reported. Dave also shared additional projects that are in the works there.  

Featured Airstrip

Each month we highlight an airstrip that the RAF has positively impacted. We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips. This month's Featured Airstrip is Ryan Field in Montana.

Havana Airport to host Short Field Takeoff and Landing workshop

RAF Illinois Liaison Mike Purpura is pleased to announce “the perfect workshop for those folks who want to learn how to land on grass and land short.” This two-day workshop is co-sponsored by the RAF, Havana (9I0) Airport Board and SimplyFLY Flight School. “Many pilots have asked me about short and soft field techniques,” Mike said.

Mexican Mountain remains in good shape

Mexican Mountain airstrip in southern Utah is considered by some to be the “best backcountry strip in Utah.” It lies within a Wilderness Study Area, and remains open as a “casual use” airstrip. It’s only accessible by air or on foot. Federal WSA lands are managed to retain their “primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation.” 

RAF Volunteering Information

Thank you for your interest in the RAF! Our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Lightspeed Boosts Backcountry Boutique results

Thanks to your response to our March Backcountry Boutique offer, Lightspeed made a substantial contribution to the RAF, another in a sequence of generous contributions.