SHANE HARTMAN

Florida Ambassador Day Job: Owner of Blackwater Excavation, LLC Favorite Strip: KMPJ Petit Jean Park Next Adventure: camping at North Fox Island 6Y3. Submitted on January 10, 2022.

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PAUL GAINSBACK

Virginia Ambassador Day job – Retired Aircraft Mechanic and Flight Engineer Favorite Airstrip – Bear River (VA) Next adventure – My life is a daring adventure. My greatest challenge is squeezing my innumerable interests into the limited time and space granted to me. Submitted on January 3, 2022.

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SKYE RANDALL

Pennsylvania Ambassador What is your day job? Ceramic coating installer for aircraft and mobile light sport mechanic What is your favorite airstrip? Cheat River Island, West Virginia What is your next adventure? Flying with my amazing wife to meet new grass airstrip owners and introducing them to The RAF. srandall@theraf.org Submitted on December 21, 2021.

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DJ NICHOLSON

Connecticut Ambassador Day job: High School Science and Engineering Teacher Favorite airstrip: The dream of flying came early. As a kid I loved going to the top of Route 254 in Thomaston, CT with my grandfather or my Dad to watch the gliders soar above Waterbury Airport (locally known as Mt. Tobe).  This was my…

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JASON BRAND

California Ambassador Day Job: Mechanical Engineer at an electronics companyFavorite strip: Like my children, I do not have a favoriteNext Adventure: Anywhere beyond the Sierra Nevada range

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JEREMY VAUGHAN

Virginia and North Carolina Ambassador Day Job: General Manager at Dix Aviation at W78 airport Favorite Airstrip: Mine: 00VA Next adventure: Various airports or grass-strips in VA

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SAMANTHA INGUANZO

Florida Ambassador Day job: Data Visualization Analyst Favorite airstrip: River Ranch (2RR) Next adventure: Kailua-Kona (KOA)

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DHRUV THAKKAR

Maryland Ambassador Day job:¬†Product Manager of Digital Air Traffic Tower Solutions at Frequentis USA Favorite airstrip: Far too many to say. Perhaps Alton Bay or KLUA. Honestly, I hope I haven’t found my favorite yet. Next adventure: Backcountry flying in Idaho – hopefully very soon!

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ZACH MONROE

Maine Ambassador Day job: Maine Forest Ranger Favorite airstrip: Lindbergh Field (08ME) Next adventure: Flying my Taylorcraft back to its birthplace in Alliance, Ohio

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JERED PAINE

Washington Ambassador Day job: Journeyman – Hydro Mechanics Favorite airstrip: Tieton State in Washington and Moose Creek Idaho are my favorite to visit. That being said, my favorite airstrip is my home strip in Cashmere, WA. This is where my love of flying started and my best memories with my Grandpa are. The field is…

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