RAF’s new Virginia State Liaison is 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 be, when he started…

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Thanks to your great response in past years, we’re announcing the RAF 2020 Photo Contest! It’s time again to find your favorites. Starting Thursday, October 1, we’ll be asking you to send us your best photos of scenic, recreational airstrips. Winning images will appear on the popular RAF greeting cards that go out to thousands of donors and…

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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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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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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 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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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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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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An astute reader wrote to clarify our story on Maine’s Cowboy’s Air Ranch Airport. An Alaskan, James A. Canitz pointed out that the 0 degree longitude line runs through Alaska’s Aleutian Chain, actually the most eastern part of the US, which would receive the first sunlight to hit our nation. Although our original text was…

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