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NEW OREGON AIRSTRIP IS MORE THAN WORLD-CLASS FISHERY

Wild Billy Lake is located on 1,100 acres of private land in south-central Oregon. The property sits on a mesa above the Sycan and Sprague river valleys at 4,500-ft elevation. With no signs of civilization, you have a feeling that you are completely alone with nature. The lake is over 200 acres in size and…

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RYAN FLY-IN 2019

This year’s RAF Ryan Field Fly-In hosted a full line up of aircraft, and guests enjoyed the bounty from Lindey’s Steak House catering truck from Seeley Lake. Second-generation chef Mike Lindemer served sirloin steak sandwiches Friday night, and surprised everyone with three kinds of Montana ice cream. RAF ladies added fresh strawberries. Saturday night diners…

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JULY BACKCOUNTRY BOUTIQUE IS SOLD OUT

Our July Backcountry Boutique item, the RAF Logo Hat, is sold out! Thank you for your support of our new logo and the RAF mission. We will offer our next Backcountry Boutique item on Monday, August 5.

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HARTZELL HOSTS RAF AGAIN AT AIRVENTURE, WISCONSIN

The RAF is pleased that our friends at Hartzell Propeller invited us to join them again this year for AirVenture at Oshkosh. Join TEAM RAF on the rooftop patio above the Hartzell Propeller showroom. It’s a great place to view the event and we’ll treat you to coffee and a selection of donuts on Tuesday July 23 from…

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NEW RAF BRAND IS MORE THAN A LOGO

Not long after those six fellows came up with the idea to form a nonprofit foundation to save backcountry airstrips, one of them bumped into a graphic artist – not surprisingly – at the Bozeman airport. The artist enthusiastically sketched an idea on a napkin. The design was quickly adopted by the new Recreational Aviation…

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CHUCK JARECKI’S QUESTION: ARE YOU AN AIRSTRIP BAGGER?

If you’re reading this, you probably enjoy accessing the backcountry by air. The privilege of flying into the backcountry is being threatened by those few who “bag” airstrips just to tally up challenging landings in their logbooks. For over forty years, I have enjoyed flying my 1976 Cessna 180 into the backcountry to camp, and…

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WEST YELLOWSTONE CAMPGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

Volunteers from four states joined RAF Montana Liaison Scott Newpower at West Yellowstone airport (WYS) on Saturday, June 15 for a work party to improve the campground adjacent to the airport. The group enjoyed nice weather, not always the case in June, as the airport elevation is 6,648 feet. The 22 volunteers replaced crumbling concrete fire pits…

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VOLUNTEERS PREPARE RYAN FIELD FOR SEASON AND UPCOMING FLY-IN

The June 15 weekend brought beautiful weather and 21 volunteers to Ryan Field to help RAF co-founder and past director Chuck Jarecki complete spring maintenance. The annual work party takes place ahead of the RAF Fly-In scheduled for the last weekend each June at Ryan Field, (2MT1) near West Glacier. RAF Pennsylvania Liaison Andy Turner…

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2019 RAF GRANT PROJECTS ADD RECREATIONAL ACCESS

The RAF is primarily volunteer-driven, meaning your donations go directly toward on-the-ground projects that further the RAF mission to preserve, maintain, and create airstrips for recreational access. Volunteer RAF state liaisons identify projects, then apply for RAF funds. A grants committee – made up of State Liaisons, RAF members and an RAF Director – then reviews…

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RAF IMPROVES CAMPING FACILITIES AT BOWSTRING

RAF Minnesota Liaison Kurt Pennuto reports that the May 31-June 2 Bowstring work party weekend was “a huge success.” Volunteers completed two campsites, one with four tent pads and one with five tent pads. Each site now has an RAF fire ring, a picnic table and is just a short walk to a newly constructed outhouse. They…

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