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

NEW PILOT SHELTER AT ASTRONAUT KENT ROMINGER AIRPORT

December 11, 2019

Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the RAF, a new pilot shelter is near completion at Astronaut Kent Rominger Airport (KRCV) in Del Norte, Colorado.RAF Colorado Liaison Tom Haefeli reports that other funding includes $5,500 in cash donations, $18,200 in donated labor, supplies, heavy equipment use and operation from the various contractors involved. Rio Grande…

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BACKCOUNTRY BOUTIQUE DECEMBER ITEM: GARMIN® INREACH + RAF GEAR PACK

December 5, 2019

RAF Members and Friends, We are pleased to announce a very special program uniquely for RAF Members and friends: the inReach® Mini + RAF Gear Pack. Working with Garmin®, Iridium® and many other partners of the RAF, we have assembled a unique collection of essential backcountry, preparedness and emergency gear – required equipment for all RAF…

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RAF TO PARTNER WITH NPS ON CHICKEN STRIP MAINTENANCE

December 4, 2019

The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) and Death Valley National Park officially signed a five-year cooperative maintenance agreement for the Chicken Strip in Saline Valley. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), dated October 18, also renews the established maintenance agreement at Furnace Creek Airport and Stovepipe Wells Airstrip.  “The RAF has proven that this partnership works since…

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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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