The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) is pleased to announce the public opening of Two Hearted airstrip, (6Y5) a new recreational destination near where Ernest Hemingway’s “Big Two Hearted River” joins Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Two Hearted River is considered a premier US trout stream, and there is a state campground near the airstrip. You…

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The Big Sky around Missoula hummed more than usual with the sounds of GA aircraft over Father’s Day weekend, as hundreds of visiting aircraft arrived for the AOPA regional Fly-in. Many stopped to visit at the RAF display, anchored by Jon and Berkley Hudson’s glistening Cessna 180. More than a dozen backcountry seekers joined the…

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During his address to the AOPA crowd in Missoula, Montana, Senator Daines announced that he had just delivered a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, requesting he consider re-opening a select number of the original US Forest Service airstrips lying within the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. Beginning in the 1930s the USFS established and…

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Nine dedicated RAF volunteers drove in for a weekend of work to keep Ryan Field a place we can all be proud of, including Chris Ogden and Margo Sety from Chewelah, WA. Chuck Jarecki assigned tasks, and the crew completed on Saturday what had been planned to take two days.  Montana Liaison Ron Normandeau, assisted by…

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The RAF sponsored a volunteer work party at McKenzie Bridge State Airport (00S) June 2 and 3. Approximately 40 volunteers turned out, contributing more than 360 work hours. Most of the volunteers came from Oregon. “We also attracted two RAF members on their way from Florida to Alaska, and an RAF member who flew from Boise, Idaho specifically…

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The “Miracle Mile” section of the Platte River lies between Pathfinder and Seminole Reservoirs, and is known as a premier fly-fishing destination in Wyoming. There’s an airstrip there, and RAF Wyoming Liaison Lori Olson organized a work party in cooperation with the Cheyenne and Casper EAA Chapters to restore the original grass strip to a surface…

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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 North Fox Island in Michigan. The RAF completed a formal agreement with the State of Michigan to open North Fox Island, located on an 820-acre island in Lake…

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