The Keystone Connection, RAF’s 2018 biennial educational conference began in State College, Pennsylvania May 17 and concluded May 19 after a weekend of education and networking opportunities for volunteers. RAF Secretary Alan Metzler and his family hosted the wrap-up barbecue in their pastoral Reedsville hangar. Education continued right up to the dinner bell, with presentations on survival…

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Over the weekend of May 3-6, the New Mexico Pilots Association sponsored a work party at USFS Negrito Airstrip (0NM7) in New Mexico to replace thousands of feet of downed cattle fence surrounding the airstrip.  The event was hosted by New Mexico RAF State Liaisons Larry Filener and myself; both us are also actively involved in…

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May’s Double Circle Ranch event in Arizona was a real treat for attendees as the weather was ideal. Folks flew from as far away as Albuquerque to spend just a few hours with us, and we were joined by four turkey hunters from Tucson and Chandler as they utilized the lodge alongside pilots. Local rancher Darcy…

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RAF Minnesota Liaison Kurt Pennuto wants to thank everyone who took time to respond to a Call To Action regarding Bowstring Airport. The impressive turnout on May 2 included 43 pilots — many of whom are RAF members — a resort owner, and the videographer who produced the Bowstring Fly in video. Twelve airplanes flew in. The…

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That’s the best description of the April 6-8 fly-in at Payson, AZ, (KPAN) for a weekend of fun and camping. The weather was absolutely beautiful as over 30 aircraft and nearly 70 people descended on Payson for the two-day fly-in, all organized by 16-year-old pilot-in-training James Nebrig. James is the son of pilots Ken and Lori Nebrig, of…

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RAF Ambassador Eric Davis reports that the weather they had for the first of the series of Creighton Island fly-ins, held in April, was perfect for exploring this unique place. Folks from Florida and Georgia flew in, including RAF South Carolina Liaison Bill Repucci and his son Turner. Saturday was a day of exploration. Some harvested oysters from…

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RAF Wisconsin Liaison Jeff Russell’s journey to Sun ’n Fun in April included stops at four RAF-supported airstrips. He stopped in to visit Arkansas Liaison Dave Powell in Bentonville who rounded up some pilot friends to take Jeff on a personal air tour of the area including a stop at Trigger Gap.  “What a great airstrip!” Jeff reported.…

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Each month we highlight an airstrip that the RAF has positively impacted. We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips. This month’s Featured Airstrip is Ryan Field in Montana. Ryan Field (2MT1) is a beautiful private airstrip that was given to the RAF by Ben and Butchie Ryan. The airstrip is located one…

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