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RAF explores easier recreational border crossing

For the past eight years, our RAF Vermont Liaison has been working with aviators and businesses in the U.S. and Quebec to make border crossing easier for what one could call "known good actors." 

On Saturday, Sept. 17 a meeting of these professionals was held just across Vermont’s border in Stanstead, Quebec at Weller airfield (CTQ2).

Ben Ryan takes the stick

8th Annual Negrito Fly In, NM.

The 8th annual Negrito (0NM7) Fly-in was held in the Gila National Forest Sept. 16-18 and was a great success!  At 8,000 feet and in the heart of the Gila National Forest, Negrito is an incredibly beautiful and remote spot. The event is co-sponsored by the New Mexico Pilots Assoc., (NMPA) and the RAF, and 18 planes and 30 individuals came from NM, TX and even one visitor from CA.  

Lee Bottom Fly In, IN.

The Lee Bottom fly-in the weekend of September 16-18 became the soggy bottom fly-in. The field, (64I) is six miles south of Hanover, IN.  A few campers arrived Friday and stayed the weekend, but Saturday’s activities had to be canceled completely due to uncooperative weather. Nevertheless, we had folks from as far away as Texas, South Carolina and Michigan.

Myrick Field Fly In, MA.

AOPA Fly-In Battle Creek, MI.

The RAF was well-represented at AOPA’s regional Fly-in at Battle Creek, MI. Nearly 2,000 AOPA members, family and guests attended despite less than desirable weather. The RAF secured a great display in a prime location. The camp scene was set by Diz Frederick which drew in visitors, many of whom became new RAF members.

Grapevine is One Step Closer!

Grapevine airstrip, located in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, is one step closer to being fully opened and charted! 

The RAF and Arizona Pilot’s Association (APA) worked with Tonto National Forest personnel nearly four years toward this goal. Most maintenance and improvements are complete, the most challenging being the RAF and APA’s crack sealing of this 3,800 x 40 ft asphalt runway, that had been closed since 1997. 

Boonville Airfield

The RAF has supported Boonville Airfield since 2013, co-sponsoring its annual Boonville Fly-in and Pig Roast.