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Carver’s Cut Opens with RAF Weekend Campout and Work Party

The first-ever Fly-in weekend at Carver’s Cut airstrip Aug 25-27 brought 15 planes and 30 folks to the newest recreational airstrip in California’s southern Sierra Nevadas. Guests enjoyed camping, potluck meals, trout fishing, hiking, and fellowship under the festive lights of the new pilot shelter.

The Moral Hazard of ATC Privatization

The Felts Field (KSFF) Tenants Association Board of Directors met with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) Tuesday, August 29 to discuss Air Traffic Control. Attending was board member Jeff Hamilton, who owns and flies a variety of vintage, warbird and contemporary GA aircraft from his hangar at Felts Field. “It seemed to be a good dialog and this meeting allowed me to refine my thinking about the ATC Privatization issue,” he said. 

Join the RAF at the next three AOPA Fly Ins

The RAF crew will be setting up camp at the next three AOPA Fly Ins! 

September 8-9 | Norman, Oklahoma (KOUN)

October 6-7 | Groton, Connecticut (KGON)

Midwest RMEC Emphasizes Collaboration

Twenty RAF volunteers spent August 19 networking and learning ways to further the RAF mission at the “Midwest” RAF Mini Educational Conference (RMEC) hosted by JA Air Center in Aurora, Illinois. Guest speakers included state aviation officials, adding what RAF Michigan Liaison Brad Frederick called, “their great and enlightening input and perspective.”

Sunrise Valley Ranch Safety Briefing

This briefing is advisory in nature and does not replace the responsibility of the pilot in command obligation to use sound judgment regarding skill level, experience and aircraft suitability.

The RAF makes no warranty for the condition of the runway surface or suitability of the airstrip environment.

RAF selects new board member Todd Simmons

Aviation is in Todd’s DNA. His father was a U.S. Army flight surgeon; one grandfather a B-26 pilot during WWII, the other a crop duster. An uncle flew A-4’s in Vietnam; another uncle hunted enemy submarines in a Sea King for the Navy; yet another served as Beechcraft’s chief structures engineer for the Starship, the first all-composite business airplane. Flying is as much a part of Todd’s life now as it was for family and friends before him.

Sunrise Valley Ranch in Oregon

Sunrise Valley Ranch is an 11,000 acre working cattle ranch located approximately 40 miles by air, or 85 miles by road, due east of Bend, Oregon.  Nestled in a small valley surrounded by the Ochoco Mountains, the ranch is owned by Larry and Susan Fildes. Three generations of their extended family live on the ranch and work alongside Larry and Susan.

RAF Trail Stop #9

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

It is clearly, or should I say not clearly, that time of year when fires tend to be a factor out west. This weekend I had planned to be a part of the annual Husky Flyin at the Root Ranch in the Central Idaho Wilderness. This annual event is hosted by RAF supporter and friend Dr. Paul Collins of Boise, Idaho.

Important notice due to EXTREME fire danger in the west.

Ryan Field Temporarily Closed

Due to extreme fire danger in and around Ryan Field 2MT1 the RAF has made the decision to temporarily close Ryan Field to any and all activity.  We will keep you informed when we will be able to reopen the airstrip.  In the meantime, thank you for understanding and complying with this closure.