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Chicken Strip Call to Action: Your Action is Needed by November 19

The National Park Service (NPS) is asking for public comment on the Saline Valley Warm Springs Airfield, “Chicken Strip.”  This airstrip was in use before the area was added to Death Valley National Park in 1994. When the addition took place, the Park Service did not specify aviation as a legal use. This action is designed to correct that issue.

Superintendent Mike Reynolds proposes adding the special regulation that would legitimize its use, as it has at the other two airports within the park — Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells.

New Hampshire RAF Camaraderie at WAD 2018

Planes coming from as far west as Oklahoma and as far south as Virginia began arriving Thursday, October 4 for this year’s Wentworth Aerodrome “WAD” fly-in. “A mixed bag from a Cessna 172, a Husky on Amphibs, J3s and SuperCubs were abundant,” said RAF New Hampshire Liaison John Meade. At one point, 43 airplanes were lined up. 

An Oregon Gem - Volunteers Protect Pacific City State Airport

The RAF recently learned the history of an Oregon gem, Pacific City State Airport (KPFC), thanks to David Inman, vice president of Friends of Pacific City State Airport.

Featured Airstrip

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 Lee Bottom in Indiana.

Minnesota Fall Color Campout at Bowstring Airport

The mood at Bowstring Fall Fly-in was very upbeat despite the cold windy overcast weather,” RAF Minnesota Liaison Kurt Pennuto reports. Bowstring (9Y0) is a public use airport in the heart of Superior National Forest. Bowstring Lake is just off the west end of the runway and offers resort amenities. Camping, hiking, hunting and fishing is available throughout the region.

Backcountry Boutique October Item: RAF Dog Leash

If only they could speak beyond barks and howls, our furry friends might tell us that they love the RAF just as much as we do. Now Fido can show some RAF pride with this 'K-9 AV8R' leash.  Custom-made in Montana, the leash is six feet long and made of heavy duty nylon, with text on both sides. Comes in RAF orange (of course).

$25 per leash; includes shipping.

As with all Backcountry Boutique items, quantities are limited!

Orders will be shipped in the month of October.

October Events

Fall is a fabulous time to fly. Our event calendar may just give you some ideas of where to touch down during these crisp, colorful months. Clicking on any event title will take you to the RAF events calendar page with more information.

October 4-9: Wentworth Aerodrome Fly-In, New Hampshire.

Join now - We are Stronger Together

Unlike cookies, whiskey or wine you are not limited to “just one” when it comes to joining aviation organizations. The Recreational Aviation Foundation feels strongly that we are much stronger together and can accomplish more by teaming up.  We look to regional pilot organizations that care about aviation in their regions. We reach out to them to gain local knowledge and support for projects in their areas.

Reclaimed California Airport Offers Old West Experience

Five years ago, RAF California Liaison Rick Lach initiated conversation with the BLM about reopening Johannesburg Airport in California, a two-runway dirt airport which appeared on charts until the 1970s. The airstrip served the nearby communities of Randsburg and Johannesburg, which are both functioning gold and quartz mining settlements that date back to the 1800s. Gold miners who’d previously worked in South Africa named the outpost. 

Girl Scouts Get Glimpse of Possibilities in Aviation

“November one tree one fife niner, that’s your name today,” RAF Ohio Liaison Christine Mortine said, as she escorted eight Girl Scouts on their own private tour of Columbus’s Ohio State University Airport, (KOSU).