This year’s AirVenture at Oshkosh included a dedication service to honor Reade Genzlinger at the historic landmark Brown Arch on Thursday, July 28. Reade joined the RAF board in July of 2012 and was serving as its Secretary/Treasurer at the time of his death in an aircraft accident last January.  The RAF had declared Thursday as “RAF Orange Day” in…

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Ragmuff is the first airstrip within the privately-held North Maine Woods to open for public use. “We’re considering this a test case, the first step in working with North Maine Woods ownership as other owners are watching,” said RAF Maine Liaison Andy Rowe. The source of its singular name is murky, but the beauty and proximity…

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Born in the Iowa river town of Davenport, Kurt migrated to California in the mid 1970’s with his parents and eight siblings. Growing up in the central valley of California fueled his interest in the outdoors. Kurt spent his free time fishing, skiing and skateboarding. Midway through high school his family relocated from sunny California…

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Rene always wanted to fly, and was lucky enough to find a spouse who came from an aviation family and who also loved to fly. In 1999, his extremely pregnant wife, Heather, was on the ramp to watch his first solo. After a career change and relocation from Colorado to the Boston area, Rene earned…

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The RAF is pleased to introduce new Minnesota State Liaison, Kurt Pennuto, teaming up with Kirk Hiner, current Minnesota State Liaison. Born in the Iowa river town of Davenport, Kurt migrated to California in the mid 1970’s with his parents and eight siblings. Growing up in the central valley of California fueled his interest in the outdoors. Kurt…

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After graduating with an engineering degree from Western Michigan University and spending four years living with roommates who were in the aviation program, Bill began flight training shortly thereafter. In the ensuing 30-plus years he has flown over 90 different makes and models of aircraft. “I have some very generous friends, for which I am very…

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The RAF is pleased to introduce new South Carolina State Liaison, Bill Repucci, teaming up with Kathy Hegenberger, current South Carolina State Liaison. After graduating with an engineering degree from Western Michigan University and spending four years living with roommates who were in the aviation program, Bill began flight training shortly thereafter. In the ensuing 30-plus years he…

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On July 16, 2016 the sky was covered with cotton candy clouds as two hundred airplanes converged on Washington Island for the annual fish boil. Some slipped unnoticed across the Cheddar Curtain and into Wisconsin from Northern Illinois. Others flew east out of the North Woods and across Green Bay. A few pilots and passengers…

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Illinois RAF member, Greg DeJong, hosts the website Chicago Flying Advisor.   His goal is to share local aviation treasures with pilots, around the Chicago area.  He recently joined RAF Illinois State Liaison, Mike Purpura, for a day trip to North Fox Island.  Here is what he had to say, “A June highlight for me has been…

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