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RAF at AOPA, Regional MSO Fly-in

The Big Sky around Missoula hummed more than usual with the sounds of GA aircraft over Father’s Day weekend, as hundreds of visiting aircraft arrived for the AOPA regional Fly-in.

Many stopped to visit at the RAF display, anchored by Jon and Berkley Hudson’s glistening Cessna 180.

More than a dozen backcountry seekers joined the organized fly-out over the Bob Marshall Wilderness to view its iconic Chinese Wall.

Senator Daines announces Forest Service request at AOPA Fly-in

During his Friday evening address to the AOPA crowd in Missoula, Senator Daines announced that he had just delivered a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, requesting he consider re-opening a select number of the original US Forest Service airstrips lying within the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. Beginning in the 1930s the USFS established and used nine widely dispersed pastoral airstrips to fight fires and re-supply Ranger Stations — saving hours and hours by mule-train — until the 1964 Wilderness Act summarily closed all of them.

Ryan work party a success

Nine dedicated RAF volunteers drove in for a weekend of work to keep Ryan Field a place we can all be proud of, including Chris Ogden and Margo Sety from Chewelah, WA. Chuck Jarecki assigned tasks, and the crew completed on Saturday what had been planned to take two days. 

Oregon's McKenzie Bridge Airport Improved

The RAF sponsored a volunteer work party at McKenzie Bridge State Airport (00S) June 2 and 3. Approximately 40 volunteers turned out, contributing more than 360 work hours. Most of the volunteers came from Oregon. “We also attracted two RAF members on their way from Florida to Alaska, and an RAF member who flew from Boise, Idaho specifically for the event,” RAF Oregon Liaison Richard Mayes said.

Wyoming Work Party Reclaims Strip on Platte River

The “Miracle Mile” section of the Platte River lies between Pathfinder and Seminole Reservoirs, and is known as a premier fly-fishing destination in Wyoming. There’s an airstrip there, and RAF Wyoming Liaison Lori Olson organized a work party in cooperation with the Cheyenne and Casper EAA Chapters to restore the original grass strip to a surface that’s safe for aircraft access.

June Backcountry Boutique

Summer is almost here, which means it's grilling season!

Function meets fashion with this RAF Grilling Set, which includes a denim apron and custom metal RAF spatula. This reinforced long apron features multiple pockets and suspenders, and has the RAF logo emblazoned on the front. The heavy duty custom designed spatula is made by an RAF supporter and features the letters 'RAF' and a bottle opener. 

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 North Fox Island in Michigan.

The RAF completed a formal agreement with the State of Michigan to open North Fox Island, located on an 820-acre island in Lake Michigan.  

Beginning in 2014, the RAF organized work parties to restore it for safe use, and has committed to its ongoing support.  

Ryan Field Work Party Scheduled for June 9

In the past, a dozen volunteers have turned out to prepare Ryan Field (2MT1) for another summer of safe and scenic operations. This year, the Ryan Field Work Party is scheduled Saturday, June 9 to separate it from the June 15-16 AOPA Fly-in in Missoula with Seeley Lake fly-out, and we look forward to another successful, fun turnout!

Get out west at RAF's annual Ryan Fly-In

Thanks to a positive response last year, the 2018 RAF Fly-In at Ryan Field (2MT1) in Montana, being held June 22-24, will again feature an “Out West” theme. We’ve contracted with the popular Swan Mountain Outfitters (SMO) to provide both Friday and Saturday evening dinners for reasonable cost.

Hartzell Propeller to host RAF at AirVenture

Bring a friend and join Team RAF again this year on the Hartzell rooftop for EAA AirVenture 2018 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

We’ll be serving up coffee and not-so-ordinary donuts on Thursday, July 26 from 8:30-11 am. This is the ideal place to view AirVenture activity, and the beautifully restored B-17G Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast” will be flying sorties during this time.