BILL ABLES

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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RAY BALLANTYNE

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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MIGRATORY BIRD FLY-IN THRILLS VISITORS

– RAF Illinois Liaison Mike Purpura Havana Regional (9I0) is a 2,200-ft turf airstrip situated on a sandy plain near the Illinois River and the Emiquon Wildlife Refuge, and on Saturday, March 7, Havana was again the site of this year’s Migratory Bird Fly-in. Recently, the RAF contributed grant money to upgrade its pilot shelter,…

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FAA TO ADD WEATHER CAMERAS IN COLORADO

Pilots flying over the Colorado Rockies will appreciate that the FAA is expanding its highly successful weather camera safety program in cooperation with the State of Colorado Division of Aeronautics. Beginning this spring, cameras will be added to 13 Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) in mountainous areas to help VFR pilots. The official FAA announcement states:  These…

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THE PEOPLE WHO WRITE TO YOU

The RAF does something rarely found in the non-profit world — it acknowledges all donations of time and money with handwritten notes. We’d like you to meet the all-volunteer team we call our “VPs of Appreciation” who take the time to thank you in their own, personal and sincere way. In alphabetical order, meet: Kim…

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KIM CAPOZZI

Vice President of Appreciation Kim Capozzi has been actively involved with the RAF for years along with husband Bobby Capozzi, RAF’s Florida State Liaison.

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AIRFIELD.GUIDE LISTS FIFTIETH STATE

The RAF and Tailwind Aviation Foundation are thrilled to announce that the Airfield.Guide now lists airfields in every US state. The owner of Rhode Island’s Riconn airstrip, (RI11) has allowed his strip to be listed, becoming the fiftieth state to be included.  “It seems like every time I get in front of pilots and tell them about the…

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RAF WELCOMES NEW RI AND MA LIAISON GABRIEL JASZCZAK

In early February, RAF Massachusetts Liaison Rene Robillard moved to New Hampshire, vacating the position in Massachusetts. Wishing to continue the mission in his new state, Robillard will join the efforts of RAF New Hampshire Liaison John Meade. The RAF enlisted Gabriel Jaszczak to fill both the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Liaison positions.“As the new…

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