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 creating new public-use recreational airstrips throughout the United States.

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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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Support our work with your tax-deductible donation. The RAF is a 501(c)(3) organization.

DID YOU HEAR? RAF members will receive a $1,000 discount on the purchase of Hartzell Propeller's Voyager, Pathfinder, Explorer, and Trailblazer propellers through 2022. Read the Press Release!

Latest News

GILA AIRSTRIPS HISTORY OF EFFECTIVE USFS PARTNERSHIP

September 21, 2021

The New Mexico Pilots Association 2021 Gila Regional Fly-in was a huge success. Perfect weather and very little smoke enabled 37 planes and 56 folks to attend, including new RAF Texas Liaison Steve Goebel, according to RAF New Mexico Liaison Ron Keller. Based at Reserve, New Mexico, T16, pilots could explore some of the six…

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RAF PHOTO CONTEST 2021 OPENS OCTOBER 1!

September 15, 2021

The tradition continues! Thanks to your great response in past years, we’re announcing the RAF 2021 Photo Contest! It’s time again to find your favorites. Starting October 1, send us your best photos of scenic, recreational airstrips. Again this year, we are including the “RAF Mission” category, for photos we feel best illustrate people enjoying recreational aviation,…

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VOLUNTEERS ESTABLISH “NEW” MOWER AT SCHAFER MEADOWS

September 13, 2021

RAF Montana Liaison and Montana Pilots Association Past President Scott Newpower reported that a half dozen planes and a helicopter landed at Schafer Meadows for a short-notice work party September 3-4. Originally scheduled for July 17, the annual work party was postponed due to smoke.  Schafer Meadows is Montana’s only airstrip within a Wilderness area,…

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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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