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House fire changes plan but not spirit

Minnesota RAF supporter Jim Hanson and his wife Mary Alice had planned to attend the RAF's biennial conference in May, the Keystone Connection, but suffered a house fire, losing nearly everything. “Here's what's left of my RAF shirt,” Jim wrote of this photo.

While they were busy dealing with insurance, restoring power, water, and communications, they were surprised when RAF’s John and Tricia McKenna showed up on their drive back to Montana from Pennsylvania.

Productive Negrito Work Party pleases USFS

Over the weekend of May 3-6, the New Mexico Pilots Association sponsored a work party at USFS Negrito Airstrip (0NM7) in New Mexico to replace thousands of feet of downed cattle fence surrounding the airstrip. 

The event was hosted by New Mexico RAF State Liaisons Larry Filener and myself; both us are also actively involved in NMPA. 

Arizona’s Spring Flying Season Continues

May's Double Circle Ranch event in Arizona was a real treat for attendees as the weather was ideal. Folks flew from as far away as Albuquerque to spend just a few hours with us, and we were joined by four turkey hunters from Tucson and Chandler as they utilized the lodge alongside pilots. Local rancher Darcy Ely was kind enough to provide her grill and picnic tables once again, and graced us with a good visit, discussing the area and the challenges of ranching.

Bowstring Call to Action fills the room

RAF Minnesota Liaison Kurt Pennuto wants to thank everyone who took time to respond to a Call To Action regarding Bowstring Airport. The impressive turnout on May 2 included 43 pilots — many of whom are RAF members — a resort owner, and the videographer who produced the Bowstring Fly in video. Twelve airplanes flew in. The County also received 28 emails, letters and phone calls. All wanted Bowstring to retain its open status.

Eagle Scout's Successful Payson Fly-In


That’s the best description of the April 6-8 fly-in at Payson, AZ, (KPAN) for a weekend of fun and camping.

Creighton Island Fly-in Sets a High Bar

RAF Ambassador Eric Davis reports that the weather they had for the first of the series of Creighton Island fly-ins, held in April, was perfect for exploring this unique place. Folks from Florida and Georgia flew in, including RAF South Carolina Liaison Bill Repucci and his son Turner.

Fun Trip to Sun 'n Fun

RAF Wisconsin Liaison Jeff Russell's journey to Sun ’n Fun in April included stops at four RAF-supported airstrips.

He stopped in to visit Arkansas Liaison Dave Powell in Bentonville who rounded up some pilot friends to take Jeff on a personal air tour of the area including a stop at Trigger Gap.  “What a great airstrip!” Jeff reported. Dave also shared additional projects that are in the works there.  

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 Ryan Field in Montana.

Havana Airport to host Short Field Takeoff and Landing workshop

RAF Illinois Liaison Mike Purpura is pleased to announce “the perfect workshop for those folks who want to learn how to land on grass and land short.” This two-day workshop is co-sponsored by the RAF, Havana (9I0) Airport Board and SimplyFLY Flight School. “Many pilots have asked me about short and soft field techniques,” Mike said.

Mexican Mountain remains in good shape

Mexican Mountain airstrip in southern Utah is considered by some to be the “best backcountry strip in Utah.” It lies within a Wilderness Study Area, and remains open as a “casual use” airstrip. It’s only accessible by air or on foot. Federal WSA lands are managed to retain their “primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation.”