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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.

RAF Attends Annual Boonville Pig Roast

RAF New York Liaison Russ Holland reports that 120 people attended the annual Boonville Pig Roast on Saturday, August 11. “Turnout was excellent considering threatening weather just south of the airport,” he said. Locals joined the group to enjoy the pilot community and conversation centered on recreational flying. “Several took advantage of the camping area and spent the majority of the weekend with us,” Russ added.

Nehalem Bay, Oregon Fly-in

Oregon and Washington RAF members escaped the hot summer weather and smoky skies with a long weekend at the Oregon coast July 28-29.  Pleasant 65˚ temperatures greeted visitors to Nehalem Bay State Airport (3S6), a welcome respite from the 100˚ inland temperatures.  

Montana Call to Action for Helena Lewis and Clark Forest

The Helena/Lewis and Clark has done a respectful job of including aviation in the Forest plan and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. For example, their desired conditions include this language: “Forest visitors use the designated system of roads, trails, and airstrips to access recreation activities appropriate within identified recreation opportunity setting locations.”

The pilot community should comment, showing appreciation for the consideration of aviation on the Forest.