A number of you have checked in with us to see how we are doing. We appreciate that, and the short answer is we are fine. At this moment we are all healthy here at RAF HQ, and we know of no one within the RAF core group of volunteers that is dealing personally with…

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RAF Oregon Liaison Richard Mayes has taken on another project. He would like to see the primitive airstrip at the Rager Creek Ranger Station in the Ochoco National Forest included in the Airfield Guide. But first, a number of safety improvements need to be completed. “The airstrip is very remote, located in the Central Oregon high-desert,…

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Isle Airport, (MY72) is a 2,460-ft turf airfield on the southeast shore of Mille Lacs Lake, two miles from the resort town of Isle. Currently it is owned by the City, but is charted “Private” because membership in the Isle Airport Association (IAA), which operates the field, or prior permission from an IAA member, is…

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The volunteer RAF board of directors met in January for strategic planning, and laid out these goals for 2020 to advance the RAF mission to preserve, maintain, and create airstrips for recreational access.  RAF President Bill McGlynn expressed appreciation for the time RAF Directors commit to the RAF, especially the two-and-a-half days every January where…

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Washington Ambassador Day job: Journeyman – Hydro Mechanics Favorite airstrip: Tieton State in Washington and Moose Creek Idaho are my favorite to visit. That being said, my favorite airstrip is my home strip in Cashmere, WA. This is where my love of flying started and my best memories with my Grandpa are. The field is…

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The RAF has added new volunteer Ambassadors, five just since the New Year. The RAF’s enthusiastic Ambassadors wear orange at work parties and aviation events, and are of valuable help to State Liaisons in sharing the RAF mission. Ranging in territory from Washington State to Illinois, the recent additions are Ray Ballantyne of Sequim and Jered Paine of…

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Illinois Ambassador Day job: Babysitter Favorite strip: Two Hearted (6Y5) Next adventure: Cutting some grass at North Fox as well as visiting as many RAF strips as possible

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Missouri Ambassador Day job: Human ResourcesFavorite airstrip: 17A Trigger Gap and 0M2 Reelfoot LakeNext adventure: Rent a plane on one of my international trips and see the countryside by air.

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Oregon Ambassador Day job: Retired Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Officer (Backcountry Game Warden) Favorite airstrips: Shearer & Red’s Horse Ranch Next adventure: Heading north to the Arctic Circle 

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Washington Ambassador Day job:  Retired ATC.  I got to work all three options – Flight Service, Terminal, and En Route. Favorite airstrip:  I love to fly to Stehekin, WA in the North Cascades National Park from my Sequim, WA residential air park Rakes Glen (WA59).  I can be there in less than an hour from…

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