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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.

GA roots focus of Graves' town hall

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2012

Protecting pilots and antique aircraft, the beginning and foundation of general aviation, were the focus of a town hall hosted by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) March 31 at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla.

Foundation dedicates fire circle at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Mar 28, 2012

Friendships are forged around campfires, particularly in the backcountry, where pilots seek out pathless woods and scenic vistas. One of the first jobs to be done after securing an aircraft in the midst of natural wonders is lighting a fire, as AOPA President Craig Fuller noted March 27 at Sun 'n Fun.

'Fire Hubs' to dot country, protect remote airstrips

Article | Mar 26, 2012

Campfires and camaraderie are synonymous with aviation gatherings for many pilots. For those who jet from one destination to another never exploring what's outside of a fixed-base operation, the Recreational Aviation Foundation is ready to broaden your horizon.

Washington airfield owners gain liability protection

Advocacy | Mar 08, 2012

Washington joined a group of 13 states with laws that clearly include aviation in recreational use statutes protecting property owners from liability when access to private property is provided without charge.

Liability protection passes in SD

Advocacy | Mar 02, 2012

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill backed by AOPA and the Recreational Aviation Foundation that should broaden public access to private landing strips by providing liability exemptions for the landowners.

'Pilot Getaways' acquires American Air Campers Association

Article | Feb 29, 2012

Pilot Getaways has acquired the American Air Campers Association (AACA) and its database of more than 620 public airports that offer camping facilities.