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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.

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.

'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.

Recreational aviation gets stake in Forest Service planning

Advocacy | Feb 09, 2012

Recreational aviation and backcountry strips in US Forest Service lands recently received a much-needed lift. Forest Service planners must now consider aviation in their plans, whether it be preserving or maintaining backcountry strips.

Pilot groups defend backcountry aviation

Advocacy | Jan 05, 2012

Pilots who value backcountry aviation have an opportunity to support continued access to two airstrips on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property in Colorado, and advocate for backcountry aviation nationwide, by commenting on a draft resource management plan.