Each month we highlight an airstrip where the RAF has had involvement. We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips. This month’s Featured Airstrip is Nehalem Bay State Airport in Oregon. Set between the ocean and a bay, Nehalem Bay State is located along the Oregon Coast just 86 miles west of Portland.  Situated…

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We wish to heartily thank everyone who responded to our once-a-year appeal to help fund our mission to preserve, improve, and create new airstrips for recreational access. Your response to our 2020 campaign is greatly appreciated. As a primarily volunteer-driven organization, your funds go toward the RAF’s grant program and mission-related projects, resulting in real,…

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Bill Steinmetz grew up in a flying family. He graduated in 1979 from Purdue University in Indiana with a degree in Professional Pilot Technology. “I was teaching and flying Part 135,” he says. Eventually becoming engaged full time in a family construction business, Bill flew a club Bonanza and a Cherokee Six to projects around…

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Mike Ginter, Vice President of AOPA’s Airports and State Advocacy anchored an RAF “Fire Hub Chat” session with State Liaisons, Ambassadors and the RAF Board on February 16. AOPA organizes its US membership into seven multi-state regions in order to focus on specific issues. (Only the Alaska region is comprised of a single state.) All…

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Our good friends at Lightspeed Aviation have put together a survival preparedness series. We wanted to share it with you because safety is of the utmost importance in our flying. Check out their survival gear contest and their informative news posts. This month’s newsletter highlights the importance of aviation survival preparedness with three stories from…

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A recording is now available for RAF Chairman John McKenna’s one hour webinar that took place on SocialFlight Live Tuesday, Feb. 9. McKenna was the featured guest for the show “Back Country Flying with the RAF.” One the show, McKenna describes the RAF mission, and some of the places where the RAF has had an…

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Each month we highlight an airstrip where the RAF has had involvement. We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips. This month’s Featured Airstrip is Reserve in New Mexico. Reserve Airport (T16) is a public use airport located approximately 6 miles west of Reserve, New Mexico. New Mexico State Liaison Ron Keller represented the…

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RAF Chairman John McKenna and US Forest Service Recreational Director Michiko Martin on January 6 co-signed a five-year renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the USFS and the RAF.  “The RAF has worked consistently for the last eighteen years to build a good working relationship with the Forest Service at the district, regional, and…

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Unlike cookies, whiskey or wine, you are not limited to “just one” when it comes to membership in aviation organizations. If you are one of our 10,000 Recreational Aviation Foundation members, we value your support, but suggest you don’t stop there. Please consider supporting your local or state pilot group and type club. The RAF…

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The RAF thanks all who took the time to submit comments supporting Stovepipe Wells Airport in Death Valley National Park before the comment deadline closed on December 23. Your comments count, and we are awaiting the outcome. RAF California Liaisons Rick Lach and Katerina Barilov learned of plans to close the airport and convert it to…

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