Thinking about your New Year Resolutions? “Lose 25 pounds” . . . File my income taxes on time this year . . .” You know, the same old ones. How about these ideas, from the RAF: Put on your orange shirt and volunteer at a backcountry strip. Check our website calendar often for opportunities. Send in a…

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I love the RAF’s purpose, its impact on general aviation, and the way it has ignited enthusiasts to go enjoy the magic of flight in places of spectacular beauty. I admire the organization’s ethos: Do what you do extremely well, but never let go of a campfire culture.  I am inspired by the community of people…

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RAF New Mexico Liaison Ron Keller learned of a proposed rule change by the New Mexico Game Commission that would have limited aircraft use, and had the potential to limit recreational aviation. The Game Commission was intent on banning aerial game scouting by eliminating the long standing “48 hour rule”. The new proposal would have…

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RAF California Liaison Rick Lach learned in 2011 that Chicken Strip within Death Valley National Park was threatened with permanent closure. Over the years, seasonal washouts triggered the RAF to complete spring maintenance to return the strip to a safe condition. Last summer, the NPS developed five draft Alternatives for the Saline Valley, one of which…

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Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge, encompasses a vast and remote region with dramatic changes in elevation, terrain, climate and vegetation. Carved by the Wild and Scenic Snake River, Hells Canyon plunges more than a mile below Oregon’s west rim, and 8,000 feet below snowcapped He Devil Peak of Idaho’s Seven Devils Mountains.  The…

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Guests enjoyed what Florida RAF Ambassador Amrat Chugani said was a “very calm weekend to nurse the Thanksgiving  turkey sleepiness” November 23-26 at Lazy S Farm Airport, (7FL7). In addition to Amrat, the RAF presence at Lazy S included FL State Liaison Bobby Capozzi, FL Ambassador Lynn Gardner, FL Ambassador Joe DeLeon, FL Ambassador Wes Whitley, and RAF volunteers Ariel Gleason, Wayne Whitley, Mick Gardner, Kim Capozzi and Bill…

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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 Cinder Cone Dry Lake Bed in California. Cinder Cone Dry Lake Bed is a public use airstrip located roughly 11 miles north of the census-designated place (CDP) Inyokern…

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