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Recreational Aviation Foundation releases 'Guide for Private Airfield Owners'Recreational Aviation Foundation releases 'Guide for Private Airfield Owners'

Owners of private airfields who would like to let other pilots use their strips but have concerns about doing so have a new resource to help answer their questions.

A pilot flies his Cessna 172 Skyhawk low over the grass at Bob White Airport in Zellwood, Florida, to check the condition of the runway.

The Recreational Aviation Foundation, a Bozeman, Montana-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving and maintaining airstrips for recreational access, has compiled a new Guide for the Private Airfield Owner, available online or by mail ($6.95 to cover postage).

The guide, which has been endorsed by AOPA, addresses topics such as reasons why an owner should seek an airfield’s inclusion on FAA navigation charts; user safety; wildlife; help with maintenance; and “legal, liability and legacy concerns.”

The publication is a follow-on to the Recreational Aviation Foundation’s Public Land Manager’s Guide and the companion Advocate’s Guide, both of which helped establish the organization as “the go-to group for answers regarding recreational aviation on public lands,” it said in a news release.

“We expect that we may now be seen as the ‘go-to’ organization regarding private airfield support with this new guide,” said John Nadeau, owner of Old Acton Airstrip, a private airport in Maine, who took the lead in drafting the new guide. He added that “it will be RAF folks who show up at an airfield” to help “when word goes out that an airfield owner needs physical help.”

Dan Namowitz

Dan Namowitz

Associate Editor Web
Associate Editor Web Dan Namowitz has been writing for AOPA in a variety of capacities since 1991. He has been a flight instructor since 1990 and is a 30-year AOPA member.
Topics: Airport Advocacy, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Aviation Organizations

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