FEATURED AIRSTRIP: FORT KENT, MAINE

Each month we highlight an airstrip with hopes that you will get out and enjoy these special places. The June Featured Airstrip is Fort Kent, Maine. “It’s a good time to visit Fort Kent, Maine,” RAF Maine Liaison Andy Rowe says, of this naturally beautiful airfield in Maine’s northernmost region. Fort Kent Airfield, FTKEN is…

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RAF VOLUNTEERS ATTEND EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE

“RAF 2022 – The RAF Way” was a three-day educational conference held near Milwaukee May 15-17. RAF liaisons, ambassadors, and other key volunteers gathered at their own expense in Pewaukee, WI. EAA CEO Jack Pelton welcomed early arrivals at Pioneer Field, and when the educational sessions began, the group was 110 folks from as far…

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VOLUNTEERS WORK ON SIX HELLS CANYON STRIPS

RAF Oregon Ambassador Bill Ables reports that more than two dozen volunteers arrived to clean up airstrips in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area on April 23.  What may surprise some is that Hells Canyon is North America’s deepest river gorge. The Snake River is known for whitewater rafting, jet boating, fishing and access to native sacred…

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INNOVATOR AND FABRICATOR BUILDS AND DONATES TURF ROLLER

RAF supporter and skilled fabricator Joel Wyttenbach learned that Cornucopia Airfield WI23 needed a turf roller to smooth mole hills and prepare the surface for aircraft use. “Organizations like this are made of people with a lot of different abilities,” he said. “I could help out Corny with a roller, and had to take the opportunity to…

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MACKIE RANCH GETS COMPOSTING TOILET

Mackie Ranch lies at 5,642 elevation a few miles south of Enterprise, Utah surrounded by the Dixie National Forest. Owner Justin Mackie opened the airstrip for public use. Mackie, a supporter of both the RAF and Utah Back Country Pilots (UBCP), has cleared room for aircraft parking, a porta-potty and fire ring. Now he is creating…

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RAF OUTFITTER MAY FEATURED ITEM

This durable 17″ bag is manufactured by eqpd for the RAF. The bottom section is made of a breathable, basket-like, 100% recycled mesh. The handles are padded and reinforced and they snap together. This bag is bleach-safe and can hold over six times the weight that a standard paper or plastic single-use bag can hold. Made in…

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IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE AT TRIGGER GAP

With the increased popularity of Trigger Gap RAF Arkansas Liaisons Dave Powell and Harper Goodwin began considering noise mitigation. “As an organization, we have truly strived to make as low an impact as possible,” Goodwin said. They examined current usage and flight paths, and coordinated with The Nature Conservancy. With help from fellow RAF members…

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HISTORIC, SCENIC KATAMA GETS RAF GRANT

You may not have heard of Edgartown, MA but you probably know of Martha’s Vineyard. The Katama Airpark, 1B2 is a recreational turf airfield on the island, and the RAF has awarded a $10,000 grant toward a facility for pilots and passengers to gather, picnic, and enjoy direct access to the Atlantic Ocean. “First opened in…

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AMANDA LEVIN STEPS UP TO LIAISON

The RAF is pleased that Amanda Levin has stepped up to serve as Wisconsin Liaison. She began helping the RAF as the database volunteer, and Social Media Coordinator. “Now I hope to have more local impact as Wisconsin’s State Liaison,” Amanda says. She has always had a passion for adventure and travel. Her first glimpse of GA was through her…

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US FOREST SERVICE INVITES PARTICIPATION

If your state includes land within a National Forest, the USFS wants to keep you informed of its Forest use public planning steps. RAF liaisons are tasked with tracking their respective Forest planning. If appropriate, RAF Public Agency Consultant Ron Normandeau prepares talking points, and state liaisons let RAF supporters know when public input is…

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