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

Team RAF

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

Latest News

RAF GRANT HELPS SAVE ISLE AIRPORT

November 30, 2020

The RAF has granted $14,000 toward the preservation of Minnesota’s Isle Airport, (MY72). Minnesota Liaison Kirk Hiner and RAF Director Emeritus Peter Burwell met with Isle Airport management to agree on cost sharing a project to remove encroaching trees that were threatening to close the airport. In June, the RAF reported that the city council…

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HAVANA PICNIC PAVILION IN PROGRESS

November 30, 2020

A picnic pavilion is going up at Havana Regional (9I0) in Illinois! The project is being coordinated by the Havana Regional Airport Board and members of the local EAA Chapter 1420. RAF awarded grant funds to partially fund improvements at the airport. Additional improvements include year-round showers and a fire pit, for those who want…

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TWO NEW TAX LAWS MAY BENEFIT DONORS

November 30, 2020

The RAF has some good news for those who are considering their charitable giving prior to year end; and those with IRAs or workplace retirement plans. In response to the widespread financial setbacks the pandemic has caused, Congress modified two tax laws to help ease taxes, and give investors more time to take Required Minimum…

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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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