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

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

The Recreational Aviation Foundation preserves,
improves, 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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Support our work with your tax-deductible donation. The RAF is a 501(c)(3) organization.

DID YOU HEAR? RAF members will receive a $1,000 discount on the purchase of Hartzell Propellers's Voyager, Pathfinder, Explorer, and Trailblazer propellers through 2022. Read the Press Release!

Latest News

THE RAF OUTFITTER MAY FEATURED ITEM

May 5, 2021

The May Featured Item is the RAF’s Wells Lamont work gloves. Just in time for the season, these high-quality gloves will be the talk of the work party! They’re made of heavy-duty full-grain cowhide with high abrasion and puncture resistance. They have reinforced leather palms and reinforced thumb and finger seams for longer wear. They’re comfortable and durable, and…

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TRIGGER GAP PAVILION TAKES SHAPE

April 30, 2021

A small group of generous RAF supporters has offered to match Trigger Gap, Arkansas (17A) pavilion donations up to $10,000 from May 1 to May 15, so contributions during this time double in value! Thanks to an outpouring of support, the pavilion is taking shape. Concrete has been poured for the foundation of the pavilion,…

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OREGON AIRSTRIPS RECEIVE FUNDS FOR CONTINUED MAINTENANCE

April 30, 2021

“McKenzie Bridge Airport in the Central Oregon Cascades is popular with recreational aviators. It provides access to the McKenzie River, mountain bike trails, and remote camping,” RAF Oregon Liaison Richard Mayes says. To ensure the continued utility of the airport, Mayes has been awarded an RAF grant to employ a contractor to mow the airfield.…

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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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