Archive for October 2019

CALL TO ACTION — MAINE AIRFIELD THREATENED WITH CLOSURE

Your action can make a difference! Maine pilots learned that the town of Dover-Foxcroft is considering closing Charles A. Chase Jr. Memorial Airfield (44B) to install a four megawatt solar generating plant. RAF Maine Liaison Andy Rowe, Steve Mason and RAF New Hampshire Liaison John Meade are rallying pilots to protect the 2,926-ft scenic airfield.…

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PATRICIA TYLER SETS HIGH BAR

The RAF got a dynamic duo with the addition of Jack and Patricia Tyler, who originally encountered the RAF in Florida in 2012. Finding the RAF to be a great way to fulfill their sense of adventure and purpose, Jack served as Florida Liaison, then the couple moved to Bozeman, Montana and now Jack serves…

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VOLUNTEERS IMPROVE ARIZONA’S GRAND GULCH

RAF Utah Liaison Wayne Loeber reports that the October 25-26 work party at Grand Gulch Mine airstrip in Arizona was productive. Four aircraft brought enough people to clear campsites and the north half of the runway. The airstrip is on land managed by the BLM, and on Saturday, Erica Jensen, a BLM intern arrived to install an…

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TIM RILEY NEW RAF IDAHO STATE LIAISON

Please welcome new Idaho State Liaison Tim Riley, who joins Mike Hart in representing RAF in the state. Tim is a native of upstate New York. His introduction to aviation was as a youngster in a Beaver on floats on the lakes in the Adirondacks. He has lived and traveled around the world during a…

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FALL BREAKFAST AT CHUKAR FLATS, OREGON

Oregon RAF members and friends flew to Chukar Flats on October 20 for an impromptu Sunday breakfast. Oregon RAF Liaison Richard Mayes reports that eight aircraft flew into the challenging backcountry airstrip, located in North Central Oregon in a deep canyon along the east bank of the John Day River.  Pilots brought in loads of firewood and quickly made a…

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CREIGHTON ISLAND GETS WX STATION

Georgia RAF Ambassador Eric Davis reports on a very successful work week October 7-13 at Creighton Island. “I’d been exploring the idea of island Internet service for several years now,” Davis said. “Having personally flown to Creighton Island many times, I can attest to the diversity of weather relative to the nearest reporting stations,” he…

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HOLLAND COMBINES SAFETY SEMINAR WITH CAMPING WEEKEND

Former RAF New York Liaison Russ Holland reports that the Boonville, NY Fly-In and Safety Seminar weekend August 23-25 was a success.  Seven planes arrived at Boonville Airport (1NK7) on Friday, along with several driving in to set up camp for the weekend and enjoy a community dinner around the grill.  Saturday morning several flew up to Piseco (K09) for…

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JULIAN PRIDMORE-BROWN NEW RAF NEVADA LIAISON

Julian Pridmore-Brown has early memories of landing a Bonanza with his father in a cow pasture on the central California coast not far from a spectacular coastline.  Flying has been in his blood from a young age. He learned to fly at the airport on the campus at University of California, Davis while completing a…

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FEATURED AIRSTRIP

Blackwater River State Forest is one of the largest state forests in Florida and is named for the Blackwater River, which begins to the north in Alabama and meanders approximately 30 miles southwestward through the forest into Blackwater Bay near Milton, Florida. Blackwater Airfield (8FD3) is a Florida Forest Service airfield to which the FFS…

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