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Where will you meet the RAF?

The RAF will be at the upcoming AOPA Regional Fly-Ins.  We hope you can include one or more in your flight plans this summer/ fall. 

August 19-20 | AOPA Fly- In Bremerton, Washington (KPWT) | contact: Dave Whitelaw

New Massachusetts State Liaison - Rene Robillard

The RAF is pleased to introduce new Massachusetts State Liaison, Rene Robillard.

Rene always wanted to fly, and was lucky enough to find a spouse who came from an aviation family and who also loved to fly. In 1999, his extremely pregnant wife, Heather, was on the ramp to watch his first solo.

After a career change and relocation from Colorado to the Boston area, Rene earned his private pilot license and added instrument and commercial ratings. In 2013, CFI was added with CFII shortly thereafter.

Genzlinger Brick Dedication at AirVenture

This year’s AirVenture at Oshkosh included a dedication service to honor Reade Genzlinger at the historic landmark Brown Arch on Thursday, July 28. Reade joined the RAF board in July of 2012 and was serving as its Secretary/Treasurer at the time of his death in an aircraft accident last January. 

Ragmuff open for public use!

Ragmuff is the first airstrip within the privately-held North Maine Woods to open for public use. “We’re considering this a test case, the first step in working with North Maine Woods ownership as other owners are watching,” said RAF Maine Liaison Andy Rowe.

New Minnesota State Liaison - Kurt Pennuto

The RAF is pleased to introduce new Minnesota State Liaison, Kurt Pennuto, teaming up with Kirk Hiner, current Minnesota State Liaison.

Rene Robillard

Massachusetts State Liaison

Rene always wanted to fly, and was lucky enough to find a spouse who came from an aviation family and who also loved to fly. In 1999, his extremely pregnant wife, Heather, was on the ramp to watch his first solo.

After a career change and relocation from Colorado to the Boston area, Rene earned his private pilot license and added instrument and commercial ratings. In 2013, CFI was added with CFII shortly thereafter.

Telephone Number: 
617-797-7351
RAF Email Address: 

Kurt Pennuto

Minnesota State Liaison

Born in the Iowa river town of Davenport, Kurt migrated to California in the mid 1970’s with his parents and eight siblings. Growing up in the central valley of California fueled his interest in the outdoors. Kurt spent his free time fishing, skiing and skateboarding. Midway through high school his family relocated from sunny California to a slower pace back in Iowa. Fortunately, that is where he met his future wife Betsy.

Telephone Number: 
612-209-3478
RAF Email Address: 

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New South Carolina State Liaison - Bill Repucci

The RAF is pleased to introduce new South Carolina State Liaison, Bill Repucci, teaming up with Kathy Hegenberger, current South Carolina State Liaison.

Bill Repucci

South Carolina State Liaison

After graduating with an engineering degree from Western Michigan University and spending four years living with roommates who were in the aviation program, Bill began flight training shortly thereafter. In the ensuing 30-plus years he has flown over 90 different makes and models of aircraft. “I have some very generous friends, for which I am very thankful,” he says, noting that he has been fortunate to fly everything from antiques and warbirds to many unique homebuilts. He currently flies his Van’s RV‐9, which he completed in 2007 with the help of his wife Nora.

Telephone Number: 
704-607-4572
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