Recently, I had the great privilege of introducing Craig Fuller, President of AOPA, to Montana backcountry flying. The flight needed to take place near Billings, Montana.  As a crow flies Billings is over 150 nm from my home in Helena, and even further from the mountains and backcountry airstrips I know very well in western Montana. …

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The Minam River Lodge (Minam Lodge sits deep inside the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.  Use at your discretion), airlift was an outstanding success, with 25-plus volunteers in 20-plus planes flying multiple sorties between Joseph, Oregon, and the lodge, on April 14th and 15th. The volunteer crews ferried new supplies in and roughly 50 years of accumulated debris out. The effort was a mutual…

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One of the great things about being a pilot is there is always a new challenge to meet, a new horizon to cross. It’s the same with an organization like the RAF. Over the last few years, the RAF has worked hard to meet the “basic requirements”: creating and growing the organization while pursing the…

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After an incredibly eventful week at Sun ‘n Fun, we closed the RAF exhibit and bid farewell to what was one of our most successful gatherings. Throughout the “Spring Break for Pilots”, we renewed acquaintances with many of our supporters, made new friends and spread the word to many attendees about the RAF’s mission. The center…

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