Wondering what the RAF has accomplished? Your RAF volunteers have been busy working to improve, create and preserve airstrips for recreational access. Our grant program has helped complete projects from Washington State to Vermont. Meet our new State Liaisons, read about Colorado’s Airport of the Year, and get the update on Ryan Field.   We are…

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Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is the largest National Forest in the nation. There are 144 public use cabins in the Forest, accessible by boat, trail, seaplane, and wheeled aircraft. Twenty-six are accessed by flight only, and may be in jeopardy of closure. “These cabins are a true treasure in one of the most beautiful parts…

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How do you mow the tall spring grass on Red’s Wallowa Horse Ranch airfield in Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness – without the use of motorized equipment? You trail in 20-year-olds Bird and Bat, who team up for the kind of job they know well. With just the right experience, these two mules – with Jim and Holly Akenson…

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Not surprisingly, word about a place as beautiful as Ryan Field gets out. The RAF welcomes visitors with backcountry flying skills appropriate for this special place. RAF volunteers have built rustic amenities that campers are welcome to use. During the construction project now through October, we expect our contractors and volunteers to create extra traffic.…

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California State Liaison Originally from Russia, Katerina lives and works out of a small airport in Santa Paula in southern California. Along with a team of engineers based in Silicon Valley, she is growing a start-up that is building an electric aircraft that will help first responders get to the scene of an accident in remote areas…

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Arkansas State Liaison In eighth grade, Harper’s dad gave him a book, How to Become an Airline Pilot, then career day in high school “sealed the deal,” Harper says. “The job was described to me as something like, ‘Fly around the world in fast moving jets with lots of levers, knobs, gauges and important procedures, while…

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Please welcome Katerina Barilov as a new Liaison for California. Since January, 2019, she had served as an RAF Ambassador. Originally from Russia, Katerina lives and works out of a small airport in Santa Paula in southern California. Along with a team of engineers based in Silicon Valley, she is growing a start-up that is building an electric aircraft that will…

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In eighth grade, Harper’s dad gave him a book, How to Become an Airline Pilot, then career day in high school “sealed the deal,” Harper says. “The job was described to me as something like, ‘Fly around the world in fast moving jets with lots of levers, knobs, gauges and important procedures, while wearing a cool…

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What is it like to view Comet NEOWISE from the sparseness of Oregon’s Alvord Desert, a large ancient dry lakebed east of the Steens Mountains, close to the borders of Oregon, Idaho and Nevada? “At night the Milky Way was overwhelming,” RAF member Richard Greenstead said, “and the opportunity to view the comet in such…

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RAF Montana Liaison Scott Newpower reports that the US Forest Service is CLOSING Schafer airstrip (8U2) from August 23 though August 31 for runway improvements.  Schafer lies within a Wilderness Area where no motorized equipment is allowed, so the work will be done by a team of mules. The project includes plowing, grading, rolling and…

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