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PHOTO CONTEST RESULTS ILLUSTRATE RAF MISSION

The 2019 RAF Photo Contest has concluded, again with breathtaking results. Close to 200 submissions came from five geographic regions, including an International category.  Our judges had difficulty selecting just one winner from each region, finally settling on nine winners and three Honorable Mentions.  We are pleased that photos came from several airfields where the RAF has…

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COMMUNITY TURNS OUT IN FAVOR OF AIRFIELD

As reported, the Selectboard meeting and public hearing about the possible closure of Maine’s Charles A. Chase Memorial airfield (44B) in Dover-Foxcroft took place November 12. The town manager and at least one select person wanted to close the airfield and construct a solar farm on the site.  “There was a very large turnout of local…

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CALL TO ACTION — MAINE AIRFIELD THREATENED WITH CLOSURE

Your action can make a difference! Maine pilots learned that the town of Dover-Foxcroft is considering closing Charles A. Chase Jr. Memorial Airfield (44B) to install a four megawatt solar generating plant. RAF Maine Liaison Andy Rowe, Steve Mason and RAF New Hampshire Liaison John Meade are rallying pilots to protect the 2,926-ft scenic airfield.…

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PATRICIA TYLER SETS HIGH BAR

The RAF got a dynamic duo with the addition of Jack and Patricia Tyler, who originally encountered the RAF in Florida in 2012. Finding the RAF to be a great way to fulfill their sense of adventure and purpose, Jack served as Florida Liaison, then the couple moved to Bozeman, Montana and now Jack serves…

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VOLUNTEERS IMPROVE ARIZONA’S GRAND GULCH

RAF Utah Liaison Wayne Loeber reports that the October 25-26 work party at Grand Gulch Mine airstrip in Arizona was productive. Four aircraft brought enough people to clear campsites and the north half of the runway. The airstrip is on land managed by the BLM, and on Saturday, Erica Jensen, a BLM intern arrived to install an…

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TIM RILEY NEW RAF IDAHO STATE LIAISON

Please welcome new Idaho State Liaison Tim Riley, who joins Mike Hart in representing RAF in the state. Tim is a native of upstate New York. His introduction to aviation was as a youngster in a Beaver on floats on the lakes in the Adirondacks. He has lived and traveled around the world during a…

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NOVEMBER BACKCOUNTRY BOUTIQUE

On Tuesday, November 5 we will debut our next RAF Backcountry Boutique logo item. Be sure to check out the RAF website or Facebook page on the morning of the 5th. We sell small quantities of each Backcountry Boutique item and when they’re gone, they’re gone! Thanks to all who have supported the RAF mission…

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FALL BREAKFAST AT CHUKAR FLATS, OREGON

Oregon RAF members and friends flew to Chukar Flats on October 20 for an impromptu Sunday breakfast. Oregon RAF Liaison Richard Mayes reports that eight aircraft flew into the challenging backcountry airstrip, located in North Central Oregon in a deep canyon along the east bank of the John Day River.  Pilots brought in loads of firewood and quickly made a…

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CREIGHTON ISLAND GETS WX STATION

Georgia RAF Ambassador Eric Davis reports on a very successful work week October 7-13 at Creighton Island. “I’d been exploring the idea of island Internet service for several years now,” Davis said. “Having personally flown to Creighton Island many times, I can attest to the diversity of weather relative to the nearest reporting stations,” he…

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