Cavanaugh Bay homeowner, Idaho Aviation Association member, and RAF supporter Steve Pryor reports that thanks to well organized teamwork, an irrigation installation was completed at Cavanaugh Bay, 66S the weekend of May 4-5. Improvements at the parklike airport have been provided by Idaho Aeronautics, Idaho Aviation Association and the RAF. A substantial amount of volunteer work has been, and continues to be provided by the homeowners, in Pryor’s words, “to help this airstrip to be the best it can be,” and the results are impressive.

Thanks in part to a second RAF grant that RAF Idaho Liaison Sparky Parker applied for, the runway turf had been analyzed. The grant also helped fund the parts and controls for the irrigation system, grass seed, and twelve tons of fertilizer to improve and stabilize the runway turf. Volunteer Keith Kopf brought the fertilizer to the site, and the homeowners plan to apply it the first of June. Sparky previously applied for and received a grant for fertilizer in 2022.

“I managed to fly in on Friday hoping to assist where I could,” said Steve Johnson, Idaho Ambassador. “I was greeted by a friendly crowd of really capable people. This was an impressive effort in coordination and labor, digging out and replacing 90 plus deeply placed sprinkler connections, all while keeping the runway open. To get it all done in a weekend was really astonishing.”

Cavanaugh Bay now has vastly improved amenities for fly-in camping. IAA provided loaner bicycles, Idaho Aeronautics completed major investments in the campground including more tie-downs, interior bathrooms, a new deck, refrigerator, freezer, and covered stainless sink outside for campers’ use, new coffeemaker and better internet; and an outhouse available during the off-season. The local homeowners have invested untold hours of labor, equipment usage and travel and generously invite the public to enjoy the results. 

For more on Cavanaugh Bay, see the Airfield Guide.

By Carmine Mowbray

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