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.

Tell us about your flying adventures! Email contact@theraf.org

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Support our work with your tax-deductible donation. The RAF is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Latest News

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER

January 26, 2021

Unlike cookies, whiskey or wine, you are not limited to “just one” when it comes to membership in aviation organizations. We value that you are one of our 10,000 Recreational Aviation Foundation members. We appreciate your support, but suggest you don’t stop there. Please consider supporting your local or state pilot group and type club.…

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VALUE OF STOVEPIPE WELLS AIRPORT DEMONSTRATED

January 18, 2021

The RAF thanks all who took the time to submit comments supporting Stovepipe Wells Airport in Death Valley National Park before the comment deadline closed on December 23. Your comments count, and we are awaiting the outcome. RAF California Liaisons Rick Lach and Katerina Barilov learned of plans to close the airport and convert it to…

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INTRODUCING… THE RAF 2021 HAT

January 18, 2021

New year, new hat! The RAF’s hat for the year 2021 is a snapback with “2021” embroidered on the side in orange to match the RAF orange logo on the front of the hat. The back half of the hat is a black mesh, and the front and bill have camouflage. The hats are available in the…

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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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