Steve Taylor grew up in and around airplanes. He soloed a Super Cub on his 16th birthday and got his pilot’s license on his 17th. His career at Boeing included assignments as the President of Boeing Business Jets, and Chief Pilot for Commercial Airplanes, giving him the distinction of having flown on all seven continents.…

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Seventeen volunteers took up tools the weekend of March 22-24 at Florida’s beautiful 4,000-ft turf Blackwater Airfield (8FD3) in the mixed pine forest near Munson, FL. Leeanna and “DC” Nowling started early by delivering tools and materials and made a truck available for the task. Florida RAF Ambassador John Hall arrived, followed by Florida Liaison Bobby Capozzi and…

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This year’s Migratory Bird Fly-In on March 16 was a success. With Spring just around the corner, the birds were restless as they fueled up for their night flights north. Nine airplanes and 20 people flew in to Havana’s beautiful 2,000-ft grass strip, from Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois. At the Emiquon Refuge we were treated to…

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Florida’s Arcadia Airport (X06) again accommodated folks of all ages who landed to camp and enjoy the Rodeo the March 8-10 weekend. RAF Ambassadors Amrat Chugani and Joe DeLeon helped Florida Liaison Bobby Capozzi and his wife Kim organize and host the group.  “With the great weather we were able to kick back relax and enjoy being…

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It’s a time honored New England aviation tradition that when the Alton Bay seaplane base freezes, pilots land on the ice of Lake Winnepausakee, getting their Ice Wings.  New Hampshire’s new Governor, elected in 2016, was determined to shrink the State Budget – not a bad thing for taxpayers – but it meant Alton Bay Ice…

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The RAF had a solid presence at the 2019 Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium, held March 3-5 in Bismarck, North Dakota. Four hundred people attended the event. North Dakota State Liaison Brian Rau, Ambassador Jeff Faught and Ambassador Rick Mercil visited with attendees at an event booth shared with the Seaplane Pilots Association. The three also gave a one-hour…

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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 Arcadia (X06) in Florida. The small cow town of Arcadia, Florida had long neglected its airport. That began to change in 2012 when a group of volunteers formed…

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