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.

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

YEAR-END DONATIONS BOOST THE RAF MISSION

February 26, 2021

We wish to heartily thank everyone who responded to our once-a-year appeal to help fund our mission to preserve, improve, and create new airstrips for recreational access. Your response to our 2020 campaign is greatly appreciated. As a primarily volunteer-driven organization, your funds go toward the RAF’s grant program and mission-related projects, resulting in real,…

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PLEASE WELCOME RAF’S NEW INDIANA LIAISON BILL STEINMETZ

February 24, 2021

Bill Steinmetz grew up in a flying family. He graduated in 1979 from Purdue University in Indiana with a degree in Professional Pilot Technology. “I was teaching and flying Part 135,” he says. Eventually becoming engaged full time in a family construction business, Bill flew a club Bonanza and a Cherokee Six to projects around…

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AOPA STATE ADVOCACY TEAM AND RAF KEY VOLUNTEERS MEET VIRTUALLY

February 23, 2021

Mike Ginter, Vice President of AOPA’s Airports and State Advocacy anchored an RAF “Fire Hub Chat” session with State Liaisons, Ambassadors and the RAF Board on February 16. AOPA organizes its US membership into seven multi-state regions in order to focus on specific issues. (Only the Alaska region is comprised of a single state.) All…

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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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