VOLUNTEERS REOPEN SACATON AFTER DECADES OF CLOSURE

“After FAA approval and no objections from Forest Service Fire and Aviation, the District Ranger approved Sacaton Landing Strip for recreational access this morning,” RAF New Mexico Liaison Ron Keller reported on January 9, and his dream that Sacaton reopen by New Years was fully realized. This airstrip had lain unusable for three decades. “At least a…

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WHERE WILL YOU CELEBRATE RAF’S 20TH BIRTHDAY?

By now you know the RAF is celebrating twenty years of success thanks to the efforts of our volunteers! This year, we encourage you to join the fun and get out to the backcountry – which to us is more than a place. It’s a style of flying we enjoy, whether arriving at your favorite…

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FAA CLARIFIES CHARTING TERMS

A September 2022 announcement by the FAA stirred up social media chatter and piqued AOPA and RAF attention over the possible removal of a sector of private airfields from charts. On chart legends, the open magenta circle “R” was labeled Non-public use having emergency or landmark value. The FAA bulletin stated that “only private airports…

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RAF BOARD MEETS IN MONTANA; REFLECTS ON 20 YEARS

The RAF’s all-volunteer board of directors gathered in Bozeman, MT for its annual face-to-face meeting in January to discuss areas of focus for 2023 and reflect on 20 years of success furthering the mission. “A top priority is to celebrate this special year with our volunteers and supporters,” RAF President Bill McGlynn said. Bridger Aerospace…

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WORTH THE READ: BEN SCLAIR GUEST EDITORIAL

Our many RAF supporters have such vast and varied experience, and we’re capturing some of their words of wisdom to share with you. This month’s guest editorial is from Ben Sclair, Owner/Publisher of General Aviation News. 20 Years of Todays. Generally speaking, the most effective way to ensure tomorrow is better than yesterday is to focus…

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FEBRUARY FEATURED AIRSTRIP: GRAPEVINE, ARIZONA

Each month we highlight an airstrip with hopes that you will get out and enjoy these special places. This month’s Featured Airstrip is Grapevine, Arizona. Years ago, the Arizona Pilots Association recognized the value of Grapevine, an abandoned asphalt airstrip on the Tonto National Forest within the Sonoran Desert near Roosevelt Lake. “Sadly, this incredible airstrip was…

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