CLICKERS OR DOERS

In today’s “watch me” world, and the bombardment of colorful imagery, it’s sometimes difficult to discover who the RAF is, and how we do things. Mostly because we always try to shine the spotlight outward as opposed to inward. Naturally, the RAF does utilize social media to get our message out, and to tell stories…

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IMPORTANT STEPS TO SAVE BACKCOUNTRY FLYING – CLAY SIMMONS PODCAST WITH BILL MCGLYNN

Fourth-generation pilot, aircraft broker, and builder Clay Simmons sits on the RAF’s new Backcountry Etiquette Team. The group formed out of concern for the growing impact of increased backcountry activity by a variety of users. On the RAF podcast hosted by RAF President Bill McGlynn, Clay explains experiencing Idaho’s backcountry as a very young passenger. When his dad survived a serious airplane…

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RAF AT AIRVENTURE 2024

We’ll be at AirVenture again this July, and hope to see you throughout the week! Join us on Tuesday, July 23 from 9 am-11 am on Hartzell’s rooftop (#296) for coffee and Manderfield’s gourmet donuts. Enjoy sharing the love of aviation with folks from all over the country during this popular standing-room only event! Throughout…

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RAF OUTFITTER JULY FEATURED ITEMS

To celebrate the release of the updated Airfield Guide, we created this fun collection of quality items. Order our full package of Airfield Guide products! This includes our entire Airfield Guide Collection, worth $76. It features RAF tried-and-true items we know you’ll enjoy! Order the Featured Items and shop the RAF Outfitter. If you have questions, please email contact@theraf.org or…

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WORTH THE READ: SCOTT HECK GUEST EDITORIAL

Our many RAF supporters have such vast and varied experience, and we’re capturing some of their words of wisdom to share with you. This month’s guest editorial is by Scott Heck, a longtime RAF friend and supporter. It was the early 2000s when John McKenna asked me to fly into Ryan Field with him and Chuck…

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VOLUNTEERS CONTINUE IMPROVING HISTORIC WATERBURY

“Thanks to a group of thirteen volunteers, we were able to have a successful RAF work party,” Brian Thomas, RAF Connecticut Liaison reported of the June 23 gathering at the Waterbury Airport, N41. He reports that the airport owners are very appreciative of the collective efforts from the local pilot community to keep Waterbury looking…

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CALL TO ACTION: SAN RAFAEL SWELL TRAVEL MANAGEMENT PLAN

We need your help to preserve Utah’s scenic backcountry airstrips. Due to the 2017 lawsuit settlement with an environmental group, the BLM is obligated to revise 13 Travel Management Plans (TMPs) in Utah. Each requires public comment periods. RAF Utah Liaison Wendy Lessig says, “Please hang in there and keep sending your comments. Every voice counts.”  Draft San Rafael Swell TMP…

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FIVE HELLS CANYON AIRSTRIPS GET ANNUAL MAINTENANCE

RAF Oregon Liaison Bill Ables reports that in May, thirty volunteers completed another successful work party on five airstrips within Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge. “This has been a long-standing Idaho Aviation Association work party, and they provide food and drinks for the volunteers,” Ables said. “Nineteen aircraft arrived at Dug Bar at…

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VOLUNTEERS COMPLETE MEADOW CREEK SEASONAL WORK

RAF Montana Liaison Scott Newpower reports that in spite of occasional rain, nine volunteers from the RAF and Montana Pilots Association flew in from as far away as Washington State, Columbus, Billings and Kremlin, Montana on Saturday, June 15 to work on Meadow Creek USFS airstrip. The turf 2,800-ft airstrip lies along the South Fork…

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AIRFIELD GUIDE SPORTS CLEANER LOOK, NEW FEATURES

We have released the improved Airfield Guide for your free use just in time to plan some fun stops on your way to Oshkosh! Along with updated software and features, users will find a completely new, cleaner look and feel. Among the new features is the ability to leave comments with photos and videos on airfields. We encourage users…

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