FEATURED AIRSTRIP: BLACKWATER, FLORIDA

Each month we highlight an airstrip with hopes that you will get out and enjoy these special places.  When you’re ready to “get away from it all,” the RAF suggests Blackwater airfield (8FD3) near Munson, Florida 33 nm northeast of Pensacola. Florida State Forestry owns the airfield, and the RAF partners with the agency in…

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RAF 2021 YEAR END LETTER

The RAF is approaching 20 years preserving and improving airstrips across the country. It is your support that has created that momentum. One of our key donors speaks for many: “I feel the money I allocate to the RAF is magnified in so many positive ways.“ It is you, our supporters and key volunteers who…

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RAF MINNESOTA AMBASSADOR AMY GESCH STEPS UP TO STATE LIAISON ROLE

Amy says “I adopted my aviation family through volunteering with various organizations,” and she has stepped up from her RAF Ambassador position to fulfill Liaison duties in Minnesota. “I look forward to learning the ropes from the great team of RAF volunteers,” Amy added. Her passion for aviation began in high school when she began…

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AIRFIELD GUIDE FEATURED IN YOUTUBE VIDEO

Charlie Gasmire, who operates airplaneacademy.com, which creates and posts YouTube videos on various aviation topics, created a video featuring the Airfield Guide. It shows how to use the Airfield Guide and highlights some of the most valuable features of the program.  Submitted on January 18, 2022.

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VOLUNTEER HELP WANTED

Are you seeking a fulfilling purpose as a volunteer?We invite you to consider helping the RAF – a volunteer-driven national non-profit organization.We have these tasks for volunteers who’d like to join us: Product Fulfillment VolunteerOur retail component is growing and we need help. You must be available to Bozeman and willing to spend 1-2 days…

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Joe Feiler

RAF supporter Joe Feiler of Casper, Wyoming loads his tools into his Cessna Cardinal and brings his skills where the RAF is making an impact. Joe’s 35-years teaching Career and Technical education included woodworking, carpentry, and welding, and he readily puts his knowledge and experience to work as a volunteer. “I learned Tim Riley was…

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JEREMY LEZIN

California Ambassador Day Job:  Having fun. Fully retired after three careers. I bounce between bicycling, flying, photography and playing guitar. Next Adventure:  Back to the NW this June, unless we have yet another pandemic.   Favorite Strip: Tough to choose, between Las Trancas and the Monterey Bay Academy. Both are on the coast, spectacular and…

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LOU FURLONG

Georgia Ambassador Day Job: Retired FedEx pilot, aviation career mentor, and exercising my C-180 throughout the lower 48. Favorite Airstrip: I have two: Creighton Island, Georgia and Cavanaugh Bay (66s), Idaho. And of course, any strips in the Missouri Breaks, Montana! Next Adventure: Work parties at any of the RAF Airstrips in the Southeast U.S.…

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BRUCE “SPARKY” PARKER

Idaho State Liaison “I have, and always will, champion preservation and access to backcountry airstrips as a user and volunteer. It is such an important part of my life,” Bruce “Sparky” Parker says.  His passion for flying the Idaho backcountry began early, as his father was a pilot for the US Forest Service, based in…

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BRUCE “SPARKY” PARKER JOINS TEAM RAF AS IDAHO LIAISON

“I have, and always will, champion preservation and access to backcountry airstrips as a user and volunteer. It is such an important part of my life,” Bruce “Sparky” Parker says.  His passion for flying the Idaho backcountry began early, as his father was a pilot for the US Forest Service, based in Boise, ID where…

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