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.

Team RAF

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Latest News

RAF ANNOUNCES THE 2019 PHOTO CONTEST

October 16, 2019

Thanks to your great response in past years, we’re launching the RAF 2019 Photo Contest! Send us your best photos of you and the family with your airplane out enjoying a recreational airstrip. Winning images will appear on the popular RAF greeting cards that go out to thousands of donors and supporters as thank you…

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HOLLAND COMBINES SAFETY SEMINAR WITH CAMPING WEEKEND

October 9, 2019

Former RAF New York Liaison Russ Holland reports that the Boonville, NY Fly-In and Safety Seminar weekend August 23-25 was a success.  Seven planes arrived at Boonville Airport (1NK7) on Friday, along with several driving in to set up camp for the weekend and enjoy a community dinner around the grill.  Saturday morning several flew up to Piseco (K09) for…

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PRIDMORE-BROWN NEW RAF NEVADA LIAISON

October 7, 2019

Julian Pridmore-Brown has early memories of landing a Bonanza with his father in a cow pasture on the central California coast not far from a spectacular coastline.  Flying has been in his blood from a young age. He learned to fly at the airport on the campus at University of California, Davis while completing a…

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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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