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DAN BARNHILL NEW ALABAMA LIAISON

RAF is pleased to announce our new Alabama State Liaison, Dan Barnhill! There was an Aeronca Champ on the family farm in south Alabama where Dan was raised. “My dad got his pilot’s license while at Auburn University in the late 60s,” Dan says. He flew it from their grass strip overseeing the row crops, pecans, fruits…

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RAF WELCOMES NEW TEXAS LIAISON

Please welcome new RAF Texas Liaison, Tres Clinton! Tres Clinton is a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma, earning his B.S. in Aviation Management. He began flying in 2004, with the goal of becoming an airline pilot. “Landing a Super Cub for the first time, my path was altered,” he says.  Owner of C3 Air flight school…

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NEW PILOT SHELTER AT ASTRONAUT KENT ROMINGER AIRPORT

Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the RAF, a new pilot shelter is near completion at Astronaut Kent Rominger Airport (KRCV) in Del Norte, Colorado. RAF Colorado Liaison Tom Haefeli reports that other funding includes $5,500 in cash donations, $18,200 in donated labor, supplies, heavy equipment use and operation from the various contractors involved. Rio…

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RAF AND AMAZON SMILE

The RAF is pleased to be a listed charity that benefits when you shop AmazonSmile. Once you’ve designated the Recreational Aviation Foundation as your selected charity, Amazon will automatically donate a portion of your purchases to the RAF! It costs you nothing more! To date, the RAF has received $947 of the $156,109,909 in total donations…

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FEATURED AIRSTRIP: ALTON BAY

When winter comes to New England, the seaplane base at Alton Bay, (B18) on Lake Winnepausakee starts to freeze.  Local volunteers watch it closely for an ice thickness of 12 inches – the magic number that triggers contact with the NHDOT Aeronautical Division. This is normally late January or early February. Once NHDOT gives the green light, volunteers plow a  2600′ x…

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THANKSGIVING THOUGHTS FROM THE RAF

Happy Thanksgiving Week To You All. Recently I was reading a blog that I follow, and true to form, I am a shameless plagiarizer. I give credit to Seth Godin for some of the words and the general thought. I tell Trish (the one who really runs this outfit) that when someone writes down concisely…

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RAF FIRE RING POPULAR AT DELAND SHOWCASE

It was cold, and sometimes rainy, but a tight knit RAF crew persevered through the weather at the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase, held at the DeLand Municipal Airport (KDED). “Having a [camp]fire there was a real godsend during the cold, misty nights,” said Florida Ambassador Amrat Chugani. Florida State Liaison Bobby Capozzi and Ambassadors Lynn…

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NEW UTAH STATE LIAISON: WENDY LESSIG

Please welcome Wendy Lessig, who joins current Liaison Wayne Loeber in advancing the RAF mission in Utah. Wendy was introduced to aviation as a five-year-old when her family transferred overseas, but she had no dream of becoming a pilot. That all changed when, as a solution to a transportation problem, she took her first flight…

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BENTONVILLE DISPLAY INSPIRES BACKCOUNTRY AVIATION

If you’ve been to Thaden Field in Bentonville, AR (KVBT), you’ve seen its exceptional Fieldhouse right on the field. RAF members Chad Cox and Chip Gibbons along with Fieldhouse staff and Arkansas Liaison Dave Powell set up a “Backcountry and Recreational” display and promotion for Fieldhouse hangar visitors. “Pilots and non-pilots can see and envision…

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AIRFIELD.GUIDE APPRECIATION LUNCH

RAF Arkansas Liaison Dave Powell reports that on November 23, local airstrip owners who have allowed their airstrips to be included in the Airfield.Guide were hosted for lunch at Thaden Field, Bentonville, AR (KVBT).  Airstrip owners were updated on the progress of the Guide, and were offered suggestions on ways to control their own airstrips. “Most importantly,…

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