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.

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Latest News

BACKCOUNTRY BOUTIQUE SEPTEMBER ITEM: LEGACY ORANGE SHIRT

September 5, 2019

This is your last chance to get the classic orange RAF shirt with our legacy logo! RAF members have worn these shirts since the beginning of the Recreational Aviation Foundation, identifying themselves as backcountry enthusiasts and RAF volunteers. These long sleeve shirts are made of a light, comfortable material. This is a special opportunity to…

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RAF ANNOUNCES SALINE VALLEY’S CHICKEN STRIP IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

August 30, 2019

After ten years of communications and cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS), the RAF is pleased to announce that Saline Valley’s “Chicken Strip” in Death Valley National Park was officially authorized on August 19. The Federal Register states that “the Chicken Strip has been in continuous use for decades, pre-dating the management of the…

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RUSSELL JOINS RAF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

August 30, 2019

RAF Wisconsin Liaison Jeff Russell has accepted the position of RAF Director, and will join the Board immediately. Russell became a State Liaison in August of 2015. “My four years’ experience as a State Liaison was valuable and really helped me understand this great organization and the impact it has had to enhance and improve…

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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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