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Swank Farms Fly-in

Since 1950, Swank Farms near Butler, OH has continued the American Midwest tradition of productive farming. In 1999, pilot Freeman Swank and his wife Mary added a barnstormer element by building an airfield, converting a turn-of-the-century barn into a picnic pavilion, and opening their farmstead to fly-in visitors. 

Great Turnout for Donuts and Coffee Event at OSH

Morning sun graced the rooftop deck above Hartzell Propeller's showroom at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh as RAF supporters and friends gathered there Thursday morning, July 26. Attendees came to enjoy not-so-ordinary donuts, piping hot coffee and good company. A team of RAF volunteers served up the decadent gourmet treats. 

RAF Liaison featured in AOPA Pilot

 

RAF hosts Two Hearted Airstrip Grand Opening

To celebrate the addition of another premier recreational flying destination, the RAF held a Grand Opening July 7 at Two Hearted airstrip, in Michigan’s Lake Superior State Forest.

Fly-ins Resume at Georgia’s Creighton Island

After one weather cancellation, the series of Creighton Island Fly-in’s continued on the June 22-24 weekend. 

Gary Davis (RAF Georgia Ambassador Eric Davis's father) and Ambassador Amrat Chugani and Florida Liaison Bobby Capozzi flew in and while there, found ancient artifacts, among them, a perfectly preserved tomahawk head.

New Weather Station at Ryan Field - Bill McGlynn

While in Missoula for AOPA’s regional Fly-In, we were visited by Eugene Bodrero, a representative of Dyacon, the Logan, UT-based manufacturer of new weather stations.  Using all the latest technology, Dyacon can put up a full-function weather station – similar to a standard METAR station – at a fraction of the cost. It records and displays wind and direction, pressure, air temperature, humidity, and dew point on 10-minute intervals.

Skywagons Come Out for Ryan Fly-In

When the weather cleared over this year’s Ryan Fly-In in Montana, the sun shone on 21 aircraft, and many drive-in vehicles. Swan Mountain Outfitters catered Friday and Saturday chuckwagon-style dinners. The keg was tapped each evening at 5 o’clock, and folks huddled under shelter while they waited for RAF volunteers to grill the perfect steak on Saturday night.

Featured Airstrip

Two Hearted airstrip, (6Y5) is a new recreational destination near where Ernest Hemingway’s “Big Two Hearted River” joins Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Two Hearted River is considered a premier US trout stream, and there is a state campground near the airstrip.

RAF Opens New Airstrip in Michigan's UP

The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) is pleased to announce the public opening of Two Hearted airstrip, (6Y5) a new recreational destination near where Ernest Hemingway’s “Big Two Hearted River” joins Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Two Hearted River is considered a premier US trout stream, and there is a state campground near the airstrip.

July Events

July is very busy with fly-ins and work parties. Please plan on joining us for one or more events. Clicking on any event title will take you to the RAF events calendar page with more information.

July 7: Two Hearted River Airstrip Grand Opening, Michigan