General Aviation Manufacturing Association (GAMA) recently held their Annual Industry Review and Press Briefing in the nation’s capital and RAF Board Chair John McKenna and RAF President Alan Metzler attended.  “We appreciate GAMA President Pete Bunce’s invitation to attend this high-level discussion of General Aviation,” said Metzler.  “It’s clear this important industry group recognizes and…

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During the recent congressional break, Montana U.S. Senator Jon Tester returned to Montana and hosted a press conference to discuss aviation issues.  RAF Director Jack Tyler and Chairman John McKenna had the opportunity to discuss issues of importance to the RAF during the event. Senator Tester expressed his interest and support for issues that are…

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Over two dozen RAF volunteers participated in the first RAF Mini Educational Conference, “RMEC” at Henderson, Nevada’s Executive Airport on Saturday, February 18. Typical of the RAF, it was a high-energy day preceded by an informal meet-and-greet Friday evening. “This conference was short and highly efficient, something that is important to my packed schedule,” said…

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The RAF is pleased to announce a new State Liaison in Ohio, Christine Mortine, teaming up with Freeman Swank, current Ohio State Liaison. During a career in classical music spanning over twenty-five years, Christine Mortine turned from conducting and playing instruments to flying them. She is now a full-time flight instructor, having spent the past ten years…

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After nearly 14 years of energetic leadership, RAF President John McKenna is moving from the role of President of the organization to that of Chairman of the Board. During the RAF’s January board meeting, the following officers were elected to these volunteer positions: Alan Metzler of Reedsville, PA, President; Jack Tyler of Bozeman, MT, Vice…

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Our RAF mission is to preserve airstrips, and in New Hampshire we found an unusual one – the only FAA-approved ice runway in the lower 48.  When winter comes to New England, the seaplane base at Alton Bay, (B18) on Lake Winnepausakee starts to freeze. Local volunteers watch it closely for an ice thickness of 12 inches –…

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Each month we will be highlighting an airstrip that the RAF has had an impact on.  We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips.  This month’s Featured Airstrip is Blackwater Airstrip. Blackwater Airfield 8FD3 is a Florida Forest Service(FFS) airfield to which the FFS is willing to permit public access on a ‘request’ basis, should its condition…

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