Alabama State Liaison 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 and vegetables, and hog and cow operation during Dan’s…

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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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Growing up in St. Joseph and Kansas City, Missouri, Bill McCormick always wanted to take flying lessons. He began his training in 1997, “but then a move, life and work got in the way,” he says. While on a fishing trip in western Alaska with his brother in 2011, each day’s flights on and off…

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Each month we highlight an airstrip that the RAF has positively impacted. We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips. This month’s Featured Airstrip is Sullivan Lake in Washington. In the northeast corner of Washington State, Sullivan Lake offers the opportunity to land on either water or land. Float planes can land on the pristine…

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The Recreational Aviation Foundation is pleased to have teamed up with AOPA’s Air Safety Institute on more than fifty of their in-person live seminars, “From Peaks to Pavement: Applying Lessons from the Backcountry”. This ambitious six-month series just concluded, with 88 separate two-hour sessions held across the country. A total of 8,526 people attended the seminars. Thirty-five key RAF…

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In Oregon recently, the RAF worked in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) to maintain McKenzie Bridge State Airport (00S), a premier backcountry airfield located in the Cascade Range. “We had an excellent turnout, everyone contributed and had a good time,” RAF Oregon Liaison Richard Mayes said of the June 1 work party. Approximately 30…

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The RAF Annual Ryan Field Weekend on June 28-30 will again feature an Out West theme. Fly or drive in and join us at the beautiful airstrip near West Glacier, Montana, 2MT1. We’ve reserved restauranteur Mike Lindemer and his food truck for Friday and Saturday dinner. If you attended the Seeley Lake Fly-in immediately after the AOPA…

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Each month we highlight an airstrip that the RAF has positively impacted. We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips. This month’s Featured Airstrip is Reserve (T16), a public use airstrip in New Mexico. New Mexico State Liaison Ron Keller represented RAF at an initial meeting in 2017 with the Catron County…

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Steve Taylor grew up in and around airplanes. He soloed a Super Cub on his 16th birthday and got his pilot’s license on his 17th. His career at Boeing included assignments as the President of Boeing Business Jets, and Chief Pilot for Commercial Airplanes, giving him the distinction of having flown on all seven continents.…

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