RAF OUTFITTER JANUARY FEATURED ITEM

The RAF is thrilled to announce that its first Featured Item for 2023 is the popular Gerber Fastball folding knife. This limited-edition knife is engraved with our 20th Anniversary logo. The Gerber Fastball features an aircraft-grade aluminum handle, an intuitive finger flipper opening, and a pocket clip.  The RAF agrees with Gerber, that it’s important…

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KEN WARREN STEPS UP TO IOWA STATE LIAISON

The RAF is excited to announce that Iowa Ambassador Ken Warren has stepped up to a Liaison role. Ken spent his early years in western Kentucky and Tennessee where he learned the joy of outdoor activities from his father, uncle, and grandfathers. In 1994 he moved to Indiana and earned an Electrical Engineering degree from…

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JANUARY FEATURED AIRSTRIP: CHICKEN STRIP, CALIFORIA

Each month we highlight an airstrip with hopes that you will get out and enjoy these special places. This month’s Featured Airstrip is Chicken Strip in California. Just a short flight east of Lone Pine, California between the Inyo and Panamint Mountain ranges is the Saline Valley, a remote region of Death Valley National Park.…

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RAF 2022 YEAR END LETTER – THE RAF WAY AT 20

What’s significant about your 20th anything? Most of us can likely recall turning 20 years old; some may recall their 20-year high school or college reunion …. Heck, when my children turned 20, I recalled just how quickly those years had elapsed. So, I am guessing most of us can look at some 20 year…

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CHICKEN STRIP RESTORED AFTER FLOOD DAMAGE

“Fifteen volunteers braved hours of rutted out 4×4 roads to come help rebuild Chicken Strip in Saline Valley on November 5 and 6,” RAF California Liaison Katerina Barilov reported. It’s ironic that an airstrip in the driest place in North America suffers occasional flooding, but a regional deluge in July created washouts that closed the airstrip in Death Valley National…

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WORK CONTINUES AT SACATON, NEW MEXICO AIRSTRIP

“We just concluded our phase two work party at Sacaton landing strip, and I think we are about ninety percent finished,” RAF New Mexico Liaison Ron Keller reported. Approval must come from the Glenwood District Ranger before Sacaton is open for general recreational use after decades of closure and neglect. As of now, usage is limited…

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FEATURED AIRSTRIP: GRAND GULCH, ARIZONA

Each month we highlight an airstrip with hopes that you will get out and enjoy these special places. This month’s Featured Airstrip is Grand Gulch, Arizona. It’s grand, and there’s a gulch. This aptly-named location in Arizona’s Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is just 50 nm south of St. George, UT. There are two dirt runways…

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FATHER-SON PAIR CONTINUE TO IMPROVE CREIGHTON ISLAND

RAF Georgia Ambassador and Bonanza pilot Eric Davis and his father Gary evaded poor flying weather and made the four-hour drive and boat ride into Creighton Island in October to make a variety of improvements to the unique fly-in island setting. They have proven to be a multi-skilled “dynamic duo” when it comes to upkeep…

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