RAF AND THE NATURE CONSERVANCY INK AGREEMENT TO OPEN REMOTE MAINE AIRFIELD

The RAF and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have signed an agreement allowing the RAF to manage recreational aviation use of the Red Pine airfield, located within TNC’s St John’s River Forest in northern Maine. RAF volunteers have worked to return the airstrip to a safe condition for backcountry use. Red Pine, a remote 2,470-ft paved…

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2022 RYAN FLY-IN BIGGEST EVER

Beginning Thursday, June 23, aircraft began arriving under sunny skies for the annual RAF Ryan Fly-in. By mid-day Friday, winds were calm, and 47 aircraft were tied down along the emerald turf, colorful tents and camp chairs beneath the wings. Folks relaxed in the bright orange Adirondack chairs in the shade of the barn roof…

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ALASKA’S AMPHITHEATRE GROOMED FOR USE

RAF Liaison and Alaska native Al Clayton had been eying an uncharted airstrip at the toe of the Nizina Glacier locally known as Amphitheatre Creek strip. He envisioned that pilots with appropriate aircraft – bush types, or even C182s with 8.50 main tires, and Beavers, for example – could enjoy the views from this natural amphitheatre, and…

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RAF AT OSHKOSH AIRVENTURE

Come spend time with the RAF at Oshkosh AirVenture during the week of July 25-31! On the morning of Tuesday, July 26, join us for mouthwatering donuts, coffee, and conversation from 9am-11am. The RAF again shares Hartzell Propeller’s rooftop with great views of AirVenture activity. At 12:45pm, the RAF is pleased to announce a special…

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SOUTH DAKOTA WELCOMES STATE LIAISON

Please welcome RAF’s new South Dakota Liaison, Karl Jungclaus. Karl, born and raised on a small farm in southern Indiana with a grass strip, was surrounded by his father’s passion for all things aviation, from RC models, homebuilts, ultralights to GA aircraft. His maternal grandfather was a corporate pilot, instructor and A&P. “Their early influences…

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SPIRIT OF RAF VOLUNTEERISM

What motivates the RAF volunteer to spend their weekend or vacation days pounding nails, painting tires, installing roofing, assembling balky picnic tables or bear boxes, or spending a day in the rain chopping undergrowth? Montana volunteer Duane Francis summed up a common sentiment shared by RAF volunteers. “Do something that makes a difference. Find a…

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SHOP THE RAF OUTFITTER!

Have you shopped at our online store, the RAF Outfitter? Select from tie downs, binoculars, jackets, caps, work gloves, windsocks, and more. Even our attractive RAF fire rings are available at the RAF Outfitter. Be watching for our Featured Item to be released on the fifth day of every month. Items are chosen for durability and…

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FEATURED AIRSTRIP: RUSSIAN FLAT, MONTANA

Each month we highlight an airstrip with hopes that you will get out and enjoy these special places. The July Featured Airstrip is Russian Flat, Montana. Russian Flat was just a twinkle in the eyes of recreational flying enthusiasts in 2003, and since 2010 when this brand new airstrip opened, has been the place for…

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WHY DO WE DO THIS? NEW RAF VIDEO RELEASED

We invite you to enjoy the new RAF Way video. We’re frequently asked, “Why the RAF?” and our many volunteers needed something to really convey the spirit of the RAF at presentations, like EAA, type clubs, and other aviation gatherings.  We began with the simple question, “Why do people feel so good supporting and volunteering for the…

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