RAF Minnesota Liaison Kurt Pennuto received word from Dave Retka, president of the Isle Airport Association, (IAA) that the city council voted to keep the Isle airport, (MY72) open. “I want to thank everyone for their hard work, letters of support and commitment to keeping Isle Airport open for future generations of pilots,” Kurt said.  …

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Seventeen-year-old Aaron Trueblood has always been excited about flying. He took time off from his ramp duties at Glacier Jet Center in Kalispell one June day and headed to Missoula for the AOPA Regional Fly-in. It may have changed his life. As he strolled along the impressive lineup of GA aircraft, he was attracted by…

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Be watching for our next Backcountry Boutique item, which will debut on Monday, July 6th! On or around the 5th day of every month, you’ll see a new RAF logo item advertised for sale on the RAF website and Facebook. We will be selling small quantities of each item. When they’re gone, they’re gone! We welcome photos of supporters…

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RAF Montana Liaison Scott Newpower noticed the popularity of Corn Hole lawn games during last year’s Ryan Fly-in. Caterer Mike Lindemer had kindly brought a set for guests to use throughout the weekend, and folks of all ages enjoyed friendly competition. Scott decided that the field needed its own setup, and had these all-weather Corn…

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Ryan Field (2MT1) near West Glacier is open for use this Spring. Pilots approaching Ryan Field will no longer see a cluster of buildings to use for a landmark. Instead, they will see a backcountry airstrip with the green-roofed rustic pilot shelter on its west side. Prior to use, pilots must receive the current pilot…

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The rustic pilot shelter at Escalante, (1L7) was built with funds and volunteer labor from the RAF, the Utah Back Country Pilots, many private donors and local volunteers, and was dedicated to the late Paul Bowmar in 2013. Readers may recall the RAF’s “A ten-spot for a tent-spot” campaign which brought donations from all over the…

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RAF Oregon Liaison Richard Mayes was granted funds toward maintenance at McKenzie Bridge Airport, (00S) in the Willamette National Forest. “McKenzie Bridge Airport is popular with recreational aviators,” Mayes said. “It provides access to the McKenzie River, McKenzie River Mountain Bike Trail, and remote camping.” The RAF observes pandemic recommendations, and this project differs from…

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Former RAF Director Steve Johnson invites all to tune into his Hump Day Hangar Presentations. As founder and administrator for the popular forum SuperCub.org, Steve has initiated weekly free virtual hangar talk presentations available to anyone. “With all the uncertainty in 2020, I felt like something needed to happen to keep people connected, so I started the Hump Day Hangar Presentations with…

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The RAF and the US Forest Service (USFS) have collaborated to make improvements to the primitive airstrip adjacent to the Rager Ranger Station. Located in the Ochoco National Forest in Central Oregon, the Rager Ranger Station served as the administrative site for the Paulina Ranger District for over 105 years.  Administration of the ranger station was…

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RAF Idaho Liaison Tim Riley reports that the improvements to the airport camping facility at Driggs Airport, (KDIJ) are ready for use. The project was a collaborative effort between the RAF, the Idaho Aviation Association, (IAA), the City of Driggs, and its Airport Board. Thanks to financial support from each, a 12′ x 16′ cedar pilot shelter,…

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