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Lightspeed Foundation announces grant finalists

Article | Apr 11, 2013

AOPA President Craig Fuller and Lightspeed Aviation President Allan Schrader announce the finalists for the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Pilot’s Choice Awards. To applause and laughter, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the finalists for its annual Pilot’s Choice Awards grants program on April 11 at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo.

Talks seen opening Florida airstrip to public

Article | Apr 10, 2013

A state-owned airfield in the Florida Panhandle could become a recreational destination for pilots if the nonprofit Recreational Aviation Foundation and the Florida Forest Service complete an expected agreement on access in the next few months. The Montana-based Recreational Aviation Foundation says a “let’s find a way” approach has prevailed during discussions about aircraft access to Blackwater Airfield, a 4,000-foot former firefighting grass airstrip in the Blackwater River State Forest.

Bill would boost airfield access in Arkansas

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2013

More than 210 private airfields could become accessible to general aviation pilots in Arkansas if the state joins those that have passed laws providing liability protection to property owners for the recreational use of their lands.

Bill would expand recreational access to Oklahoma airfields

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2013

Recreational access to privately owned landing sites in Oklahoma could be greatly expanded under new legislation supported by AOPA and other aviation advocates.

Recreational Aviation Foundation dedicates second fire hub

Article | Oct 31, 2012

Nothing binds a group of like-minded individuals together like gathering around a campfire. When building their campfire site helps pilots preserve recreational aviation, everybody wins.

Pilots eye return to Minnesota's 'Northwest Angle'

Advocacy | Oct 16, 2012

General aviation aircraft used to provide access to a Minnesota fishing and vacationing paradise. An effort is under way to reopen a private strip in the area.

RAF commemorates Ryan Field airport gift

Article | Jul 26, 2012

The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) dedicated a new “legacy rock” July 25 in front of the brown-arch entrance gate to EAA AirVenture. The inscribed two-foot-by-two-foot tile memorializes Ben and Butch Ryan's donation of the airport they built, Ryan Field, to the foundation.

Pilots urged to save Death Valley's Chicken Strip

Advocacy | Jul 19, 2012

Pilots now have an opportunity to help the Recreational Aviation Foundation keep a valuable California airstrip open to the public. The National Park Service has begun the process to develop a new management plan for the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park that includes the Chicken Strip, an uncharted 1,350-foot dirt strip that provides fly-in access to the warm springs.

Idaho backcountry access in spotlight

Advocacy | May 07, 2012

Aviation advocates in Idaho want pilots to scale back the use of four backcountry airstrips designated as emergency airfields under a federal wildlife area management plan.