The Recreational Aviation Foundation preserves,
maintains, and creates airstrips for recreational access.

The Recreational Aviation Foundation preserves,
maintains, and creates airstrips for recreational access.

The Recreational Aviation Foundation preserves,
maintains, and creates airstrips for recreational access.

Welcome to the RECREATIONAL AVIATION FOUNDATION

The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) was founded by a group of Montana pilots who realized that the threat of recreational airstrip closure was of national concern. They also recognized that there was the need for a unified effort by pilots everywhere to protect public recreational opportunities. The RAF is dedicated to preserving existing airstrips and actually creating new public-use recreational airstrips throughout the United States.

The RAF implements its mission through these Guiding Principles:

We believe that aviation is a valid form of accessing recreational resources on public and private lands.

We believe in collaboration with both public and private entities to arrive at solutions that provide benefit to all parties.

We value the relationships of all stakeholders – both public and private – and commit to fostering relationships based upon integrity and transparency.

We believe that creation of new recreational airstrips will encourage the general aviation community to get out and recreate as well as provide more dispersed recreational opportunities.

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Latest News

RAF Announces Saline Valley’s Chicken Strip is Officially Open

August 23, 2019

After ten years of communications and cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS), the RAF is pleased to announce that Saline Valley’s “Chicken Strip” in Death Valley National Park was officially authorized on August 19. The Federal Register states that “the Chicken Strip has been in continuous use for decades, pre-dating the management of the…

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Sullivan Lake – Perfect for a Summer Dip

August 22, 2019

Washington Liaison Dave Whitelaw and his brother John report that the annual Sullivan Lake (09S) fly-in near Metaline Falls in northeast Washington State (August 2-4) was a success. “We had beautiful weather after being hampered by fires and thick smoke the last three years,” Dave said. Twenty-two aircraft flew in, including two by water that beached on the nice gravel. Around 30 folks enjoyed the weekend, some…

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SEPTEMBER BACKCOUNTRY BOUTIQUE

August 21, 2019

On Thursday, September 5 we will debut our next RAF Backcountry Boutique logo item. Be sure to check out the RAF website or Facebook page on the morning of the 5th. We sell small quantities of each Backcountry Boutique item and when they’re gone, they’re gone! Thanks to all who have supported the RAF mission…

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Did you know…the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) achieves its mission almost entirely through the efforts of volunteers?

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