Your RAF Safety and Education Committee is thrilled to announce that AOPA Air Safety Institute’s new Mountain/Backcountry Flight Review is now available free online. It includes videos and pre-flight resources. The RAF collaborated extensively with the ASI to build this profile as a result of your comments in the RAF Safety Survey, where many of you told us you want to…

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Oregon recently gained a new backcountry airfield, developed with RAF assistance. The Mountain Views Airfield is located on a working dry wheat farm, about eight miles northwest of Condon, OR. The 1,650 ft x 40 ft turf runway can be challenging on hot, windy days, which are quite common in the area. The presence of 1,200 ft tall wind…

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As 2018 draws to a close, the RAF is thankful for many things. You and your family’s involvement are top on our list. We are thankful for recreational access to airstrips and for the friends we make there. For food cooked over hot coals, underwing camping, and late-night chats around the campfire. We are thankful…

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Over 25 airplanes brought more than 50 visitors to the November 9-11 gathering at the beautiful 4,000 turf runway (8FD3) in Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest. The Blackwater State Forest Camp Host and family joined the group for the event. RAF Liaison Bobby Capozzi and a crew of volunteers attended. RAF Florida Ambassador Joe DeLeon and Jenny Kuhling arrived Thursday,…

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The DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase features vendors and an airshow, and typically sees hundreds of attendees who enjoy this regional event. This year, RAF Florida Liaison Bobby Capozzi, assisted by Ambassador Amrat Chugani, member/supporter Ariel Gleason, Ambassador Joe DeLeon, Wayne Whitley and Bobby’s wife Kim, participated during the November 1-3 event. A half dozen aircraft sheltered campers in the “underwing”…

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Eight aircraft and ten people descended into Arizona’s historic Double Circle Ranch, (AZ66) midday on Friday, November 2. Located on the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, located 30 miles northwest of Clifton, the airstrip has been preserved through cooperative efforts of the RAF and Arizona Pilots Association. “The old lodge is open to all, and quite comfortable if…

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Many know Steve Johnson as founder of SuperCub.org, and publisher of the stunning SuperCub.org photo calendar. He and his wife Laura live in a suburb of Kansas City, MO. Steve attended the RAF’s Glacier Summit in 2012 in Kalispell, MT and he joined the board after that. Having served for five years helping direct RAF priorities and action, Steve wishes…

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Sunrise Valley Ranch, an 11,000 acre working cattle ranch east of Prineville, OR hosts a backcountry airstrip, developed with RAF assistance. The 2,100 ft x 60 ft dirt airstrip sits in a small valley at 4,400 ft elevation, surrounded on three sides by 6,400 ft mountains. The airstrip can be challenging on hot, windy days. …

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