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.

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NEW RAF BRAND IS MORE THAN A LOGO

June 25, 2019

Not long after those six fellows came up with the idea to form a nonprofit foundation to save backcountry airstrips, one of them bumped into a graphic artist – not surprisingly – at the Bozeman airport. The artist enthusiastically sketched an idea on a napkin. The design was quickly adopted by the new Recreational Aviation…

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WEST YELLOWSTONE CAMPGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

June 24, 2019

Volunteers from four states joined RAF Montana Liaison Scott Newpower at West Yellowstone airport (WYS) on Saturday, June 15 for a work party to improve the campground adjacent to the airport. The group enjoyed nice weather, not always the case in June, as the airport elevation is 6,648 feet. The 22 volunteers replaced crumbling concrete fire pits…

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VOLUNTEERS PREPARE RYAN FIELD FOR SEASON AND UPCOMING FLY-IN

June 23, 2019

The June 15 weekend brought beautiful weather and 21 volunteers to Ryan Field to help RAF co-founder and past director Chuck Jarecki complete spring maintenance. The annual work party takes place ahead of the RAF Fly-In scheduled for the last weekend each June at Ryan Field, (2MT1) near West Glacier. RAF Pennsylvania Liaison Andy Turner…

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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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