Director Emeritus Alan’s business acumen and impressive experience on professional boards qualified him for a RAF board position.  But he demonstrated his sleeves-rolled-up dedication to its mission when he flew from his home in Pennsylvania to Ryan Field for a work party. Raised in Pennsylvania, Alan began flying for his diversified forest products business in 1994. His…

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Director Emeritus Steve “SJ” Johnson came to aviation from an unusual direction. Fear of flying on commercial airliners led him to confront the fear and start taking flying lessons in 1997. A rocky start – including an accident as a low-time pilot – fueled his determination to learn all he could about flying. Now a…

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Twenty-four RAF volunteers spent a full Saturday on August 10th learning ways to further the RAF mission at the second of three 2019 RAF Mini Educational Conferences (RMECs). The August 9-11 regional meeting was held in Boise, Idaho, and several attendees flew in to Gowen Field, where Western Aircraft graciously provided a fuel discount and waived tiedown fees.  Friday…

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There are many reasons to head to Tullahoma Municipal Airport (KTHA) September 13 and 14 for the AOPA Fly-In! Start each day with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. AOPA’s paid workshops and free seminars start at 9. Friday’s Flightline Cookout dinner includes STOL demos and a night drone show. Enjoy other exciting aerial activities,…

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The Meadow Creek airstrip (0S1) work party in late July had 19 folks show up, including Paul Johns and Vicki Pauli from Australia. We installed two bear boxes, mowed the runway and parking area. A big thank you to Paul for what Australians call “whippersnipping” the parking area and the runway cones. Both windsocks were replaced, and we cleaned…

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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 Bowstring in Minnesota. Bowstring, (9Y0), is a 2,500 ft grass strip in a beautiful setting just east of Bowstring Lake. The airstrip offers recreational opportunities like camping, fishing and hiking,…

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