RAF’S PRIVATE USE AIRPORT INITIATIVE

The RAF has been made aware of an effort by the FAA to get updated information from owners of private use airports by the end of 2020.  RAF Liaisons and Ambassadors are reaching out to roughly 2,700 private use airport owners/managers within their respective states to make them aware that if airport data is older than three…

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RYAN BARN RAISING PROGRESS

The Ryan Barn is now a reality!  Once again, a dedicated group of RAF volunteers is making it happen. Much progress was made to raise the barn in just six short days. Each day began with breakfast cooked on our wood stove and a safety briefing. The kitchen crew was up at 5:30 A.M. each…

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RAF WELCOMES VIRGINIA LIAISON ALAN WHITE

RAF is pleased to add a new Liaison in Virginia, Alan White. Alan was one of those kids who always looked up at the sky every time he heard an airplane overhead. His family had no aviation background, but he was so fascinated with airplanes that he promised himself that no matter what his career might…

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Bill and Yvette Tracy

Most pilots hanker for ever-faster aircraft after attaining their pilot privileges, eager to get from point A to B swiftly. But not RAF members Bill and Yvette Tracy of Elyria, Ohio. “It takes us a week to get to Montana,” he says, obviously preferring that slower pace. “I flight plan for 80 miles an hour,…

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DOUG TURNBULL

Western / Central New York Liaison Doug is a native of Bloomfield, NY, in the beautiful Finger Lakes. His father owned a Cessna 185 amphibian, and they would travel to Quebec, Canada on camping and fishing trips during the summer. Doug spent much of this time flying from the right seat. In 1983, he earned…

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NEW WESTERN/CENTRAL NY LIAISON DOUG TURNBULL

Please welcome new Western / Central New York Liaison, Doug Turnbull. Doug is a native of Bloomfield, NY, in the beautiful Finger Lakes. His father owned a Cessna 185 amphibian, and they would travel to Quebec, Canada on camping and fishing trips during the summer. Doug spent much of this time flying from the right…

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RAF FUNDS FOUR-LEGGED PROJECT AT SCHAFER

RAF grants are used typically to purchase building materials, with much of the labor provided by RAF volunteers. Occasionally professionals must be engaged to complete specialized tasks. When Montana’s Schafer Forest Service airstrip (8U2) needed serious grounds work this summer, RAF Montana Liaison Scott Newpower outlined the need, and an RAF grant was awarded for the…

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WEST VIRGINIA RECREATIONAL DESTINATION TO BE UPGRADED

A West Virginia RAF member who owns the mountaintop grass airfield Rainelle, (WV30) has worked with RAF West Virginia Liaison Evan Davis to open it to RAF membership for fly-in camping. “There is no place in West Virginia that provides a facility like this that I am aware of,” Evan said. In order to make it…

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FEATURED AIRSTRIP: PARLIN

Each month we highlight an airstrip where RAF has had involvement. We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips. This month’s Featured Airstrip is in Newport, NH. New Hampshire’s Newport/Parlin Field Airport (2B3) is an active “go-to” place for aviators, townspeople, and local organizations who use its facilities and grounds for activities of all sorts.…

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MAINE’S COWBOY’S AIR RANCH CLOSES FOR PROJECT

Maine RAF Liaison Andy Rowe reports that the tree removal project has begun on Cowboy’s Air Ranch (84ME), closing it for the time being. An RAF grant is being used to extend the 2,100-foot long turf airfield an additional 1,300-1,500 feet and equipment is now on site. This airfield is privately owned, and permission is required…

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