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 creating new public-use recreational airstrips throughout the United States.

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Ryan Barn, MT

Trigger Gap, AR

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 Propeller's Voyager, Pathfinder, Explorer, and Trailblazer propellers through 2022. Read the Press Release!

Latest News

FEATURED AIRSTRIP: BLACKWATER, FLORIDA

January 25, 2022

Each month we highlight an airstrip with hopes that you will get out and enjoy these special places.  When you’re ready to “get away from it all,” the RAF suggests Blackwater airfield (8FD3) near Munson, Florida 33 nm northeast of Pensacola. Florida State Forestry owns the airfield, and the RAF partners with the agency in…

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RAF 2021 YEAR END LETTER

January 21, 2022

The RAF is approaching 20 years preserving and improving airstrips across the country. It is your support that has created that momentum. One of our key donors speaks for many: “I feel the money I allocate to the RAF is magnified in so many positive ways.“ It is you, our supporters and key volunteers who…

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RAF MINNESOTA AMBASSADOR AMY GESCH STEPS UP TO STATE LIAISON ROLE

January 21, 2022

Amy says “I adopted my aviation family through volunteering with various organizations,” and she has stepped up from her RAF Ambassador position to fulfill Liaison duties in Minnesota. “I look forward to learning the ropes from the great team of RAF volunteers,” Amy added. Her passion for aviation began in high school when she began…

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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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