WORTH THE READ: SCOTT HECK 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 by Scott Heck, a longtime RAF friend and supporter. It was the early 2000s when John McKenna asked me to fly into Ryan Field with him and Chuck…

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VOLUNTEERS CONTINUE IMPROVING HISTORIC WATERBURY

“Thanks to a group of thirteen volunteers, we were able to have a successful RAF work party,” Brian Thomas, RAF Connecticut Liaison reported of the June 23 gathering at the Waterbury Airport, N41. He reports that the airport owners are very appreciative of the collective efforts from the local pilot community to keep Waterbury looking…

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CALL TO ACTION: SAN RAFAEL SWELL TRAVEL MANAGEMENT PLAN

We need your help to preserve Utah’s scenic backcountry airstrips. Due to the 2017 lawsuit settlement with an environmental group, the BLM is obligated to revise 13 Travel Management Plans (TMPs) in Utah. Each requires public comment periods. RAF Utah Liaison Wendy Lessig says, “Please hang in there and keep sending your comments. Every voice counts.”  Draft San Rafael Swell TMP…

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FIVE HELLS CANYON AIRSTRIPS GET ANNUAL MAINTENANCE

RAF Oregon Liaison Bill Ables reports that in May, thirty volunteers completed another successful work party on five airstrips within Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge. “This has been a long-standing Idaho Aviation Association work party, and they provide food and drinks for the volunteers,” Ables said. “Nineteen aircraft arrived at Dug Bar at…

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VOLUNTEERS COMPLETE MEADOW CREEK SEASONAL WORK

RAF Montana Liaison Scott Newpower reports that in spite of occasional rain, nine volunteers from the RAF and Montana Pilots Association flew in from as far away as Washington State, Columbus, Billings and Kremlin, Montana on Saturday, June 15 to work on Meadow Creek USFS airstrip. The turf 2,800-ft airstrip lies along the South Fork…

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AIRFIELD GUIDE SPORTS CLEANER LOOK, NEW FEATURES

We have released the improved Airfield Guide for your free use just in time to plan some fun stops on your way to Oshkosh! Along with updated software and features, users will find a completely new, cleaner look and feel. Among the new features is the ability to leave comments with photos and videos on airfields. We encourage users…

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CONCERNED ABOUT LIABILITY? VIEW OUR RUS INFORMATION

Are you interested in allowing public use of your private airstrip, but don’t know where to start? The RAF has multiple educational resources available for private airfield owners. One tool is the Recreational Use Statute (RUS) section of our website RUSs can protect landowners from liability when they allow the public to recreate on their land. Read…

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JULY FEATURED AIRSTRIP: WASHINGTON ISLAND, WISCONSIN

Each month we highlight an airstrip with hopes that you will get out and enjoy these special places. This month, we’re featuring Washington Island, Wisconsin. Why is it that airports on islands always have a special appeal?  Maybe it’s because aviation serves a heightened level of utility in arriving on an island. And that island airports are often…

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