AIRFIELD GUIDE SPORTS CLEANER LOOK, NEW FEATURES

Arkansas pilots Dave Powell and Chip Gibbons had a good idea when they first began surveying out-of-the way airfields and listing them on their new interactive Airfield Guide. At an RAF conference in 2016, they revealed it to a very eager crowd. The team continued adding airfields that RAF Liaisons helped survey, and to date, it includes 389 listings. We…

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RAF EDUCATION CONFERENCE SIZZLES WITH INNOVATIONS

Over 120 RAF volunteers and noted speakers from across the country gathered in Bozeman for the RAF’s biennial Education Conference May 16-19. A dozen flew their own GA aircraft, lining BZN’s ramp with an impressive array. One stalwart volunteer, RAF Maine Liaison Andy Rowe, took honors for longest distance road trip in his electric SUV…

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POWELLS RECOGNIZED AS “THE WIND BENEATH OUR WINGS”

Dave and Julie Powell of Rogers, Arkansas were honored with the “Wind Beneath Our Wings” award during the RAF’s biennial education conference in May. This award recognizes extraordinary efforts to further the RAF mission. This award was created and sponsored by RAF co-founders/volunteers Dan and Margie Prill, and Chuck and Penny Jarecki. Powells’ names have…

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WHY WE WORK ON MOOSE CREEK

We’d like to direct you to Levi Armichardy’s beautifully written essay in this issue of Idaho Magazine. He writes of joining his dad on a horseback ride trailing pack mules 26 miles into Moose Creek Forest Service Ranger Station in the middle of Idaho’s Selway–Bitterroot Wilderness. There’s a historic turf airstrip there, too, and if you’ve been there,…

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Glenn and Carol Punske-Brasch

Glenn and Carol Punske-Brasch give back through public service. Like many pilots, Glenn always wanted to fly. He grew up in Chicago, attended college at Southern Illinois University where he began to fulfill his dream of flight fairly early in life by getting his private pilot license.  Another desire was to find clearer skies, so…

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GETTIN’ IT DONE IN UTAH

RAF Utah Liaison and Utah Back Country Pilots board member Wendy Lessig reports that this spring, UBCP volunteers completed work to preserve several airstrip treasures. Recently Locomotive Springs was dragged. “Both runways are smooth enough for most planes to land, for now,” Lessig said. Here you’ll stand on the transcontinental airmail route and one of the concrete directional arrows, a sort of early…

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RAINELLE, WEST VIRGINIA GETS NEW SHOWER HOUSE

Rainelle, (WV30), a privately owned turf airfield on top of a mountain in southern West Virginia now has a spiffy dual restroom and shower house, thanks in part to an RAF grant and hard-working local volunteers. RAF Pennsylvania/West Virginia Liaison Chip Vignolini tracked progress on the grant and reports that the facility is now functional.…

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SIMUVATION’S RAF-BRANDED REDBIRD MAKES BOZEMAN STOP

Redbird co-founder Charlie Gregoire was a featured speaker at the RAF’s biennial Education Conference May 16-19 in Bozeman, MT. His collaborator Michael Leek of Simuvation, brought an industry-leading mobile flight training studio, complete with the RAF-branded Redbird MX2, a single occupant, fully immersive, motion simulator. Leek, the founder of Simuvation, generously welcomed all conference attendees to experience…

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THREE URGENT CALLS TO ACTION

The BLM is taking public comments on two Travel Management Plans, (TMPs) and the Bears Ears draft Resource Management Plan (RMP), which you’ve already heard about. RAF Utah Liaison and UBCP board member Wendy Lessig has followed the progress of each and urges that your help is needed NOW to preserve many Utah backcountry airstrips. You’ll simply…

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