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RAF Represented on Hells Canyon Recreation Access Council

Hells Canyon, North America's deepest river gorge, encompasses a vast and remote region with dramatic changes in elevation, terrain, climate and vegetation. Carved by the Wild and Scenic Snake River, Hells Canyon plunges more than a mile below Oregon's west rim, and 8,000 feet below snowcapped He Devil Peak of Idaho's Seven Devils Mountains. 

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 Cinder Cone Dry Lake Bed in California.

Cinder Cone Dry Lake Bed is a public use airstrip located roughly 11 miles north of the census-designated place (CDP) Inyokern in California.

New Mexico Flight Ban Stopped–Call To Action Brings Favorable Outcome

RAF New Mexico Liaison Ron Keller learned of a proposed rule change by the New Mexico Game Commission that would have limited aircraft use, and had the potential to limit recreational aviation.

Lazy S Thanksgiving Weekend in Northern Florida

Guests enjoyed what Florida RAF Ambassador Amrat Chugani said was a “very calm weekend to nurse the Thanksgiving  turkey sleepiness” November 23-26 at Lazy S Farm Airport, (7FL7).

Mountain/Backcountry Flight Review Now Available Online

You asked for it, and it’s now available FREE online.

Your RAF Safety and Education Committee is thrilled to announce that AOPA Air Safety Institute's new Mountain/Backcountry Flight Review is now available free online. It includes videos and pre-flight resources. The RAF collaborated extensively with the ASI to build this profile as a result of your comments in the RAF Safety Survey, where many of you told us you want to strengthen your mountain and backcountry flying skills. 

Oregon Gains New Recreational Destination

Oregon recently gained a new backcountry airfield, developed with RAF assistance. The Mountain Views Airfield is located on a working dry wheat farm, about eight miles northwest of Condon, OR. The 1,650 ft x 40 ft turf runway can be challenging on hot, windy days, which are quite common in the area. The presence of 1,200 ft tall wind turbines adjacent to the airfield attest to the windy conditions and add a bit of spice to the appro

Time for Public Comments: Bonny's Airfield Offers Eastern CO Recreation

RAF Colorado Liaison Patrick Romano reports that, “We have an opportunity to reopen a public recreation airstrip near Bonny Reservoir in eastern Colorado.” The airfield would offer access to hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, and camping. This area is also very popular for deer, pheasant, and dove hunting; ATV and horseback riding.  

RAF Gives Thanks

As 2018 draws to a close, the RAF is thankful for many things. You and your family’s involvement are top on our list.

We are thankful for recreational access to airstrips and for the friends we make there. For food cooked over hot coals, underwing camping, and late-night chats around the campfire.

Photo Contest Illustrates RAF Mission

The 2018 RAF Photo Contest concluded, with striking results. We had split the nation into five regions and asked you to send in your favorite images of your, or your friend’s airplane in a recreational setting. We also added a new category this year, for youth ages 18 and under. 

Blackwater Gathering Worth Repeating

Over 25 airplanes brought more than 50 visitors to the November 9-11 gathering at the beautiful 4,000 turf runway (8FD3) in Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest. The Blackwater State Forest Camp Host and family joined the group for the event. RAF Liaison Bobby Capozzi and a crew of volunteers attended.