Jack and Patricia Tyler had settled in Florida after 11 years travelling around the world in their sailboat. It was at Sun ’n Fun 2012, camped next to their Grumman Tiger that they discovered the RAF. They were so willing to share the mission that Jack became a Florida State Liaison, and Patricia took on VP of Appreciation tasks. 

They travelled to Montana, partly out of a curiosity about Patricia’s great grandparents who’d homesteaded near Fort Benton. The reception was so welcoming, that in 2014, the couple decided to settle in Big Sky Country choosing Bozeman, not coincidentally RAF headquarters. Jack was recruited as Vice President of the RAF Board of directors. 

Now, after nearly eight years of active participation, Jack is stepping away from his RAF board duties. “This group is well set up to manage the many balls in the air,” Jack says, “legislatively on the national and state level, expanding airfields, and supporting its many key volunteers.”

The biggest change Jack has seen is, “how much the RAF has matured, not just in increasing membership numbers, but in the depth of its many liaisons and ambassadors.” Citing the RAF’s national conferences, and alternate-year regional educational conferences, “the effectiveness of these volunteers has really ramped up.”

“Communication is the glue that joins all these volunteers together,” he says, and Jack credits the weekly RAF Latest News and monthly Fire Hub Chats geared for all key volunteers; and the RIF RAF that is emailed to the entire membership. “The RAF Volunteer Coordinator, its only full time staff member, has made much of this possible,” he adds.

Jack and Patricia will retain their RAF membership, but look forward to continuing their journeys in their travel trailer between Canada and the southern states all the way to Florida and back.

“From that very first meeting in the Sun N Fun tent to the last day of Jack’s RAF board tenure you knew you could count on him,” said Chairman John McKenna. “I tend to think that the time spent on the ocean where he and Patricia needed to be there for one another and generally had no other support prepared him for his RAF involvement. Jack, with Patricia right there, was a steady hand on the tiller of the RAF…he has been appreciated and his contributions will be felt for a good long time.” 

Post written by Carmine Mowbray

2 Comments

  1. George Chase on February 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Jack & Pat are great folks and I’m sure the RAF will miss them. They played a big part of my work here at Arcadia Airport in Florida with establishing a one of a kind on airport camping center. Aviation City is now known all across the nation and even beyond with a steady stream of fly in camp out visitors. I, like Jack have stepped back to tend to other issues. Jack & Pat will always have a room ready for them when visiting Florida. Thanks to them both for all they have done for GA.

    George Chase
    Arcadia, Fl.

  2. Ronald McDonald. McDonald’s Field Airport. on February 2, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    I first met Jack years ago at one of the sun and fun Fly-in’s at Lakeland Florida, where the RAF was involved with An initiative to various state legislatures Throughout the country, to allow Private airfields to be Counted as a sport activity and to be add to the state regulations along with the other Sports activities such as horseback riding , bike trails, fishing, four wheeling, etc. that land owners could allow on their property and be protected from liability suits for the use of their land. A very important terminology that needs to be added to state regulations in order to protect our private airports in Florida. I know Jack had worked very hard through the years with other RAF members to achieve this and had made great success in other states. I wish Jack and his wife Patricia the very best in their new adventures and thank you for the great support to aviation city here in Arcadia. Happy trails.

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