RIBBON CUTTING CELEBRATES NEW CUYAMA REOPENING

An RAF grant funded improvements in conjunction with a major repaving project at New Cuyama airstrip in California, L88, and as planned, on October 13 folks gathered for a celebration. The ribbon was cut by key volunteers Steve and Nancy Sappington from the Blue Sky Center, who helped drive the project. Alex Guerrero, the craftsman of Warrior…

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RAF, FRIENDS, COMPLETE LONE PINE IMPROVEMENTS

“Thanks to an RAF infrastructure improvement grant, California’s Lone Pine Airport now has new flushing toilets and enclosed restrooms with running water,” RAF California Liaison Katerina Barilov reported. The work was completed as part of a greater rejuvenation effort by Friends of Lone Pine, a non-profit group of local volunteers who recognized the potential of…

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BENEFIT THE RAF AT NO EXTRA COST WITH AMAZON SMILE

The RAF is pleased to be a listed charity that benefits when you shop AmazonSmile. Once you’ve designated the Recreational Aviation Foundation as your selected charity, Amazon will automatically donate a portion of your purchases to the RAF! It costs you nothing more! To date, the RAF has received $2,906 of the $422,611,733 in total donations…

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FEATURED AIRSTRIP: CREIGHTON ISLAND, GEORGIA

Each month we highlight an airstrip with hopes that you will get out and enjoy these special places. The November Featured Airstrip is Creighton Island, Georgia. It would be hard to find an airfield with more diverse recreational offerings than Creighton Island. Located on Georgia’s coast roughly halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, FL, it’s one of the…

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SACATON SLATED FOR FUTURE RENOVATION

In light of the recent cooperative Challenge Cost Share agreement between the RAF and the Gila National Forest, work to re-open New Mexico’s Sacaton airstrip is on the calendar. The agreement acknowledges “mutual desire to return Sacaton airstrip to operational status to increase public access, promote tourism and economic development, while protecting the natural resource.” …

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WATERBURY TURF FIELD IMPROVEMENTS

RAF Connecticut Liaison Drew Lyons reports a successful work day at Waterbury, N41, even though rain had shifted it to Sunday, October 2. Ten volunteers including Supporter Brian Thomas and CT Ambassador Greg Delp showed up to improve the camping area near the two turf runways, the longest of which is 2,000 feet long. “A…

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ENJOY AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS AT THE HAVANA (9I0) STARGAZING PARTY

The improvements continue at Illinois’ Havana Regional Airport, 9I0. RAF Illinois Liaison Mike Purpura worked with the local airport authority, and local EAA Chapter 1420, and with leverage from an RAF grant, made this multi-year effort possible. In addition to the new four-season men and womens’ shower/restroom facility, a patio seating area and RAF fire…

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CALL TO ACTION: WAKULLA COUNTY AIRPORT, FLORIDA

On Monday September 19, 2022 Wakulla County Commissioners are expected to effectively close the Wakulla County airport by terminating the Airport license. This will result in the loss of Wakulla’s only public use airport. Once it’s closed it’s lost forever, a loss to Florida and all pilots who enjoy flying to this Florida airfield near Panacea, FL with nearby Gulf fishing, boating,…

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UTAH BACKCOUNTRY STRIPS CALL TO ACTION – DEADLINE IS SEPT. 27

The BLM has begun the Public Scoping process to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Utah’s Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument (GSENM). The BLM scoping process is to gather topics that the public thinks should be considered in the EIS and RMP. Your help is needed to encourage the…

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HEAR THE GLACIER GROAN AT CHILDS GLACIER CAMPGROUND

RAF Alaska Liaison Al Clayton provided an update on the work that has been accomplished at the airstrip and campground near Childs Glacier, where Clayton says, “You can see the glistening face of Childs Glacier and hear it. It’s always moving and you can hear popping, groaning, and booms like cannon fire. Of course, a highlight…

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