Archive for June 2019

NEW RAF BRAND IS MORE THAN A LOGO

Not long after those six fellows came up with the idea to form a nonprofit foundation to save backcountry airstrips, one of them bumped into a graphic artist – not surprisingly – at the Bozeman airport. The artist enthusiastically sketched an idea on a napkin. The design was quickly adopted by the new Recreational Aviation…

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CHUCK JARECKI’S QUESTION: ARE YOU AN AIRSTRIP BAGGER?

If you’re reading this, you probably enjoy accessing the backcountry by air. The privilege of flying into the backcountry is being threatened by those few who “bag” airstrips just to tally up challenging landings in their logbooks. For over forty years, I have enjoyed flying my 1976 Cessna 180 into the backcountry to camp, and…

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WEST YELLOWSTONE CAMPGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

Volunteers from four states joined RAF Montana Liaison Scott Newpower at West Yellowstone airport (WYS) on Saturday, June 15 for a work party to improve the campground adjacent to the airport. The group enjoyed nice weather, not always the case in June, as the airport elevation is 6,648 feet. The 22 volunteers replaced crumbling concrete fire pits…

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VOLUNTEERS PREPARE RYAN FIELD FOR SEASON AND UPCOMING FLY-IN

The June 15 weekend brought beautiful weather and 21 volunteers to Ryan Field to help RAF co-founder and past director Chuck Jarecki complete spring maintenance. The annual work party takes place ahead of the RAF Fly-In scheduled for the last weekend each June at Ryan Field, (2MT1) near West Glacier. RAF Pennsylvania Liaison Andy Turner…

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2019 RAF GRANT PROJECTS ADD RECREATIONAL ACCESS

The RAF is primarily volunteer-driven, meaning your donations go directly toward on-the-ground projects that further the RAF mission to preserve, maintain, and create airstrips for recreational access. Volunteer RAF state liaisons identify projects, then apply for RAF funds. A grants committee – made up of State Liaisons, RAF members and an RAF Director – then reviews…

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RAF IMPROVES CAMPING FACILITIES AT BOWSTRING

RAF Minnesota Liaison Kurt Pennuto reports that the May 31-June 2 Bowstring work party weekend was “a huge success.” Volunteers completed two campsites, one with four tent pads and one with five tent pads. Each site now has an RAF fire ring, a picnic table and is just a short walk to a newly constructed outhouse. They…

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JULY BACKCOUNTRY BOUTIQUE

On Tuesday, June 9, after the long holiday weekend, we will debut our next RAF Backcountry Boutique logo item. Be sure to check out the RAF website or Facebook page on the morning of the 9th. We sell small quantities of each Backcountry Boutique item and when they’re gone, they’re gone! Thanks to all who…

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A SECOND STATE LIAISON FOR KENTUCKY – BILL MCCORMICK

Growing up in St. Joseph and Kansas City, Missouri, Bill McCormick always wanted to take flying lessons. He began his training in 1997, “but then a move, life and work got in the way,” he says. While on a fishing trip in western Alaska with his brother in 2011, each day’s flights on and off…

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July Event Calendar

Summer is here, and the RAF event calendar is filling up with aviation events! Clicking on any event title will take you to the RAF events calendar page with more information. We highly recommend checking back often with the calendar, as more events are being added each week. July 4-7: Fly-In at New River Gorge, West Virginia A fly-in will…

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SUCCESSFUL ASI-RAF SEMINAR SERIES CONCLUDES

The Recreational Aviation Foundation is pleased to have teamed up with AOPA’s Air Safety Institute on more than fifty of their in-person live seminars, “From Peaks to Pavement: Applying Lessons from the Backcountry”. This ambitious six-month series just concluded, with 88 separate two-hour sessions held across the country. A total of 8,526 people attended the seminars. Thirty-five key RAF…

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