Since we all seem to be tightening our belt a little during these uncertain times, the RAF would like to help you with yours. This month’s Backcountry Boutique item is a custom RAF belt buckle and belt. We love that they come to us from Midvale, UT and are manufactured with certified aluminum that will…

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A number of you have checked in with us to see how we are doing. We appreciate that, and the short answer is we are fine. At this moment we are all healthy here at RAF HQ, and we know of no one within the RAF core group of volunteers that is dealing personally with…

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RAF Oregon Liaison Richard Mayes has taken on another project. He would like to see the primitive airstrip at the Rager Creek Ranger Station in the Ochoco National Forest included in the Airfield Guide. But first, a number of safety improvements need to be completed. “The airstrip is very remote, located in the Central Oregon high-desert,…

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Isle Airport, (MY72) is a 2,460-ft turf airfield on the southeast shore of Mille Lacs Lake, two miles from the resort town of Isle. Currently it is owned by the City, but is charted “Private” because membership in the Isle Airport Association (IAA), which operates the field, or prior permission from an IAA member, is…

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The volunteer RAF board of directors met in January for strategic planning, and laid out these goals for 2020 to advance the RAF mission to preserve, maintain, and create airstrips for recreational access.  RAF President Bill McGlynn expressed appreciation for the time RAF Directors commit to the RAF, especially the two-and-a-half days every January where…

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The RAF has added new volunteer Ambassadors, five just since the New Year. The RAF’s enthusiastic Ambassadors wear orange at work parties and aviation events, and are of valuable help to State Liaisons in sharing the RAF mission. Ranging in territory from Washington State to Illinois, the recent additions are Ray Ballantyne of Sequim and Jered Paine of…

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– RAF Illinois Liaison Mike Purpura Havana Regional (9I0) is a 2,200-ft turf airstrip situated on a sandy plain near the Illinois River and the Emiquon Wildlife Refuge, and on Saturday, March 7, Havana was again the site of this year’s Migratory Bird Fly-in. Recently, the RAF contributed grant money to upgrade its pilot shelter,…

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Pilots flying over the Colorado Rockies will appreciate that the FAA is expanding its highly successful weather camera safety program in cooperation with the State of Colorado Division of Aeronautics. Beginning this spring, cameras will be added to 13 Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) in mountainous areas to help VFR pilots. The official FAA announcement states:  These…

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The RAF does something rarely found in the non-profit world — it acknowledges all donations of time and money with handwritten notes. We’d like you to meet the all-volunteer team we call our “VPs of Appreciation” who take the time to thank you in their own, personal and sincere way. In alphabetical order, meet: Kim…

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The RAF and Tailwind Aviation Foundation are thrilled to announce that the Airfield.Guide now lists airfields in every US state. The owner of Rhode Island’s Riconn airstrip, (RI11) has allowed his strip to be listed, becoming the fiftieth state to be included.  “It seems like every time I get in front of pilots and tell them about the…

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