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Skywagons Come Out for Ryan Fly-In

When the weather cleared over this year’s Ryan Fly-In in Montana, the sun shone on 21 aircraft, and many drive-in vehicles. Swan Mountain Outfitters catered Friday and Saturday chuckwagon-style dinners. The keg was tapped each evening at 5 o’clock, and folks huddled under shelter while they waited for RAF volunteers to grill the perfect steak on Saturday night.

Featured Airstrip

Two Hearted airstrip, (6Y5) is a new recreational destination near where Ernest Hemingway’s “Big Two Hearted River” joins Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Two Hearted River is considered a premier US trout stream, and there is a state campground near the airstrip.

RAF Opens New Airstrip in Michigan's UP

The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) is pleased to announce the public opening of Two Hearted airstrip, (6Y5) a new recreational destination near where Ernest Hemingway’s “Big Two Hearted River” joins Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Two Hearted River is considered a premier US trout stream, and there is a state campground near the airstrip.

July Events

July is very busy with fly-ins and work parties. Please plan on joining us for one or more events. Clicking on any event title will take you to the RAF events calendar page with more information.

July 7: Two Hearted River Airstrip Grand Opening, Michigan

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 address to the AOPA crowd in Missoula, Montana, 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.

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.

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.