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 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

Support our work with your tax-deductible donation.

Latest News

NEW OREGON AIRSTRIP IS MORE THAN WORLD-CLASS FISHERY

July 15, 2019

Wild Billy Lake is located on 1,100 acres of private land in south-central Oregon. The property sits on a mesa above the Sycan and Sprague river valleys at 4,500-ft elevation. With no signs of civilization, you have a feeling that you are completely alone with nature. The lake is over 200 acres in size and…

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RYAN FLY-IN 2019

July 15, 2019

This year’s RAF Ryan Field Fly-In hosted a full line up of aircraft, and guests enjoyed the bounty from Lindey’s Steak House catering truck from Seeley Lake. Second-generation chef Mike Lindemer served sirloin steak sandwiches Friday night, and surprised everyone with three kinds of Montana ice cream. RAF ladies added fresh strawberries. Saturday night diners…

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JULY BACKCOUNTRY BOUTIQUE IS SOLD OUT

July 12, 2019

Our July Backcountry Boutique item, the RAF Logo Hat, is sold out! Thank you for your support of our new logo and the RAF mission. We will offer our next Backcountry Boutique item on Monday, August 5.

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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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