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Richard Mayes

Oregon State Liaison

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Richard grew up in Texas and earned his private pilot’s certificate at age 18.  His first airplane was a J3 Cub that cost him the princely sum of $1,500.  After finishing a couple of degrees in engineering, Richard decided – without much forethought– that his future lay in Alaska.  For ten years, he flew a C-185 to remote locations throughout the state.
In the mid-1980s he was offered a 12-month employment contract with an engineering firm in Taiwan. This overseas adventure lasted almost 30 years, with opportunities for Richard and his wife Sarah to live and work in many locations in Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
Upon retiring, Richard and Sarah returned to the US and moved to Oregon to look for new adventures.  Both are pleased to be back in the General Aviation arena, particularly backcountry flying.  Richard is excited by the opportunities presented by the RAF liaison role and looks forward to working with Team RAF to further its mission.
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