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Grab your work tools and set aside some time this coming weekend of June 17 – 18, because the RAF (Recreational Aviation Foundation) has got an annual work party happening at Ryan Field, near the town of West Glacier, Montana, and Glacier National Park. In order to maintain Ryan Field as a prime pilot destination throughout the year, and get it ready for the annual RAF fly-in the following weekend, they need the help of dedicated volunteers...
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The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) is reporting that the latest Phoenix FAA sectional now shows the Grapevine Airstrip without an ‘X’ through it, which had previously been there for twenty years. According to the group, it’s taken nearly five years of collaboration between them, the Arizona Pilots Association (APA) and the UD Forest service to have the ‘X’ removed. The Grapevine Airstrip, which sits near the shores of Lake Roosevelt in Arizona, now bears the new identifier 88AZ...
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The RAF (Recreational Aviation Foundation), EAA Chapter 42, and the National Park Service in Alaska are working together to clean up and improve the Jake’s Bar airstrip on the weekend of June 2nd, in order to make it a safer location to operate. Currently, the airstrip is an unimproved 1,000-foot gravel bar along the Chitina River in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, 13 nm south of McCarthy. The RAF describes the surface of the airstrip as “rough, with softball-sized rocks,” noting that no tricycle gear aircraft should land there, and that “only suitable tailwheels should consider landing there.” The plan is to make surface improvements to the strip and cut away brush and trees in order to make it safer...
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The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is asking for comments and input in order to help them “prioritize and define uses” for selected Alaska backcountry airports. The agency notes that the airports/airstrips are a vital part of Alaska’s airport system and the Alaska Aviation System Plan (AASP) is examining both their uses and needs in order to support and ensure their preservation...
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The US Forest Service is still accepting public comments on a revised forest plan for the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. The forest covers an area roughly 150 miles north to south and 200 miles east to west and contains 9,000 foot-tall mountain peaks, prairie grasslands, alpine lakes, glaciers, a large variety of wildlife, and a portion of the Continental Divide as it passes through Montana.

The plan defines access for multiple use activities, which would include recreational aviation, while also minimizing any negative impact to wildlife habitats, reducing conflicts between motorized and non-motorized recreation, and preventing damage to cultural resources...
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Alton Bay on Lake Winnepausakee is home to a popular seaplane base that freezes solid in the winter. Once the ice reaches a thickness of at least 12 inches, the seaplane base transforms into the only FAA-approved ice runway in the lower 48 states...
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The RAF has been hard at work recently, and they’ve just revealed that the Creighton Island Airstrip, on the Georgia coastline, has just been re-opened. The airstrip, which is approximately 2,700 feet and has been unusable until recently, is located on the privately owned Creighton Island, which the RAF describes as an “undeveloped, inner barrier island in McIntosh County and is home to cattle, donkeys, wild pigs, the occasional coyote, and armadillos...
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For those backcountry pilots who like to fly further and further from civilization with each trip, it’s essential to be prepared for the worst. For the most thorough backcountry bug-out bag you can create, the bag itself should be the last thing you find. It’s important you have enough space for the supplies, instead of deciding to leave behind something that could potentially save your life due to space limitations. When you are finished collecting supplies...
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One of the exciting new ways the Idaho Aviation Association is supporting the safety of their pilots is their “Stuck ‘n’ Stay” program. Taken from the IAA’s website, the new programs mission is described as a method to “reduce accidents often associated with ‘get-home-itis’ or ‘get-there-itis;’ the tendency for pilots to continue a flight to the destination, even if the weather is deteriorating or the aircraft has a problem....
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