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Under fire

Article | Jul 23, 2014

A small corps of pilots patrols protected land in Kenya, facing an increasing threat from poachers as inclined to shoot aircraft as elephants.

Baker honors pilots for protecting backcountry flying

Advocacy | Apr 24, 2014

Two men had a vision to protect pilots’ access to backcountry airstrips in Montana, but discovered a nationwide need.

Death Valley airstrip’s future at stake in management plan

Advocacy | Mar 13, 2014

The National Park Service is weighing the future of one of California’s remaining backcountry airstrips in a land management plan.

Unique fundraiser supports backcountry organization

Article | Oct 15, 2013

The Recreational Aviation Foundation sold embroidered shirts from Goodwill as a fundraiser at AOPA Aviation Summit.

Recreational Aviation Foundation to lead noise study

Article | Oct 11, 2013

It’s an accusation among public land managers that general aviation doesn’t have a good response to yet: the perception that aircraft noise has a negative impact on wildlife.

Appeals court opinion seen lifting threat to backcountry airstrips

Article | Aug 06, 2013

A federal appeals court ruling largely upheld the status of several backcountry airstrips in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in north-central Montana.

Website promotes Colorado backcountry aviation

Article | Jul 30, 2013

Pilots visiting a new website will find photography, webcam views, and ideas to help them select destinations for a Colorado backcountry outing.

BLM: Backcountry aviation deserves protection

Article | Jun 27, 2013

The “recreational experiences” of pilots who fly into Colorado’s spectacular backcountry have earned official recognition in a draft resource management plan for public lands in the state.

Forest Service extends comment deadline on proposed planning rule

Article | May 08, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service has extended the deadline to comment on a new planning rule that would develop, revise, and amend land management plans to include aviation.

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.