Over ten yeas ago around a campfire in the backcountry of Montana, a few pilots voiced their concern about the closure of some of their favorite backcountry airfields. They formed the Recreational Aviation Foundation and its mission to preserve, maintain and create public-use recreational and backcoutnry airstrips nationwide has struck a chord from STOL pilots…

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RAF Vermont State Liaison Bob Burley hitchhiked a ride in this stunningly-restored Lockheed 12A Electra to AOPA’s regional Fly-In at Plymouth, MA in July. The aircraft was an attractive discussion-starter, and Bob says, “the RAF orange worked its magic, too.” The event gave Bob a chance to reconnect with AOPA’s Dave Hirschman and discuss upcoming RAF projects with…

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The Mexican Mountain back country air strip over the years has grown in with weeds and debris. The Back Country Pilots Association with the help and support of the Recreational Aviation Foundation started a project to make repairs to the strip. Steve Durtschi, President of the Back County Pilots Association and RAF Utah state liaison…

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Recently Judy Birchler, representing “Ladies Love Taildraggers” spotted Oklahoma’s beautiful Lake Murray State Park Airport (1F1) and considered it for their national fly-in. Victor Bird, Director of Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission contacted the group in a welcoming tone. In his position, he is aware that as of 2013, Oklahoma includes aviation in its recreation laws, thanks…

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The 2014 Recreational Aviation Foundation River Run event was held September 19th-21st. Recreational aviation enthusiasts gathered at the Tusquittee Landing Airport in Hayesville, North Carolina, the starting point for the aerial migration toward the sea, which would conclude on the Georgia Coast at Berg Park Aerodrome in Midway.   Tusquittee Landing is a beautiful fly- in community nestled…

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We accomplished everything we’d planned and more this weekend at the old Double Circle Ranch and airstrip. (Eagle Creek.) Nine aircraft and about twenty-two folks including personnel from the US Forest Service came to support the work. Local ranchers Jean and Erik Schwennesen, Jacob Cannon, ranch hand from the old 4-Drag Ranch and Dave Krejci, showed…

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