Just a few years ago, a group of Arkansas pilots and RAF members walked a large meadow owned by The Nature Conservancy in the Ozarks above the Kings River. They envisioned a turf airfield, where folks could land and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, and floating the river. The RAF raised funds to create that 3,000-ft…

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The RAF is adding podcasts of stories about flying, airplanes and how and why people bond with this organization. In our latest installment, find out how a free pair of plastic wings from Northwest Airlines ignited a passion for aviation in RAF Florida Ambassador Amrat Chugani. Now you can enjoy The RAF and Backcountry Flying 30-minute podcasts on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcast, and Apple podcasts on your smartphone…

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RAF Virginia Liaison Alan White has been awarded an RAF grant to make improvements to Barrows Field (VA04) in Fincastle, Virginia. Barrows is home to R&B Aircraft, makers of Bearhawk aircraft. White’s plans include establishing a camping and picnic area along the river, repairing the outhouse, clearing encroaching limbs, and installing an RAF windsock. He expects…

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RAF Alaska Liaison Al Clayton, RAF members Bill Rusk and Jeff DeFreest report that the US Forest Service cabins primarily in Southeast Alaska that are available for public use may be in jeopardy of closure. Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is the nation’s largest National Forest, and includes 142 cabins accessible by boat, trail, seaplane, and a…

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Virginia Ambassador Day Job: Head Scaler at Huber Engineered Woods Favorite Airstrip: Mine: 00VA Next adventure: Various airports or grass-strips in VA

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Website Volunteer Lisa Ellington, a fifth-generation Texan, grew up on a farm in South Texas. Every day was an adventure with horses, cows, pigs, and chickens (most of whom were pets), as well as numerous dogs and cats. Her family took fun summer trips around the US, such as hiking the Grand Canyon, canoeing the…

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Idaho Aviation Association (IAA) and Idaho’s Division of Aeronautics are seeking public comments in support of rehabilitating Hoodoo Meadows Airstrip. Hoodoo Meadows is located in Idaho’s Salmon-Challis National Forest. For the last two years the IAA has worked with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), US Forest Service, Idaho Fish & Game, and RAF to help make…

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Aviation runs deep in Lincoln family history. Brittanee grew up on a Montana ranch next to her family’s grass airstrip. She loved exploring the backcountry with her father who taught her to fly. Britt became their fourth generation pilot in 2017, and obtained five ratings within a year. At the age of 38, Britt has…

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The RAF has volunteer State Liaisons in more than 40 states across the U.S. That said, we’d love to have one or more Liaisons in every single state! Currently, our greatest need for State Liaison Volunteers is in North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Iowa, Mississippi and Texas. No matter where you live, we’d love to talk…

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As Sporty’s Pilot Shop marks sixty years of business, we thought it was a good time to honor their success and contributions to General Aviation, and the many thousands of pilots who have achieved their aviation goals with help from Sporty’s.  In 1961, a young Cincinnati flight instructor began selling radio scanners to pilots from…

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