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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).

New Mexico Call to Action

The Recreational Aviation Foundation, along with the New Mexico Airstrip Network and the New Mexico Pilots Association, needs your help.

Night of Discovery at Havana, IL

The small, country airport of Havana, IL (9I0) came alive September 15 when over 150 people came together to gaze at the wonders of the universe.

RAF proposes safety improvements at Fish Lake

The RAF is interested in volunteering to work on a beautiful US Forest Service airstrip in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness area. Fish Lake (S92) is a 2,650-ft turf strip at an elevation of 5,650, 14 miles northwest of Moose Creek, and about 40 miles southwest of Hamilton, Montana. The strip was opened by the Forest Service in 1949, and it is open for public access. Remarks about the strip state “Fair turf, soft when wet; elk wallows on runway.” 

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 Miracle Mile in Wyoming. The airstrip was recently added to the RAF Airports Map.

Miracle Mile is a public use airstrip in Wyoming, located on the Miracle Mile section of the Platte River -- a renowned fly fishing area. Engstrom Campground, a USFS campground, is 0.5 miles SW of the runway, with an outhouse facility.

September Events

Summer may be winding down, but there is still plenty of flying to be done in September. Clicking on any event title will take you to the RAF events calendar page with more information.

August 31-September 3: Prickett-Grooms Fly-In, Michigan.

RAF Liaison Organizes Montana Vet Flights into the Wilderness

RAF Montana Liaison Scott Newpower organized volunteer pilots to fly a group of veterans into Meadow Creek (0S1) August 16-18. The Montana Vet Program approached Montana Pilots Association to ask for the lift. Under the sponsorship of Eagle Mount this Great Falls-based group provides veteran-led adventures to promote healing through camaraderie and physical activity.

Lee Bottom Social Sees Record Attendance

RAF Kentucky Liaison Jeff Smith reports that volunteers served 150 brats and nine gallons of ice cream at the RAF-sponsored August 12 Sinful Sunday ice cream social fly-in at Lee Bottom (64I). This beautiful grass airfield is open for public-use and lies along the Ohio River six air miles south of Hanover, IN.