Backcountry pilots applaud Monument court decision

GREAT FALLS, Montana –Officials with the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) report that a recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals largely upholds the backcountry airstrip designations on Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.

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Utah backcountry pilot shelter dedicated

ESCALANTE, Utah – Thanks to the number of folks responding to the Recreational Aviation Foundation plea of “a ten-spot for a tent-spot,” the Escalante pilot shelter was adequately funded and nearly completed in time for its June 15 dedication to local pilot and aviation enthusiast Paul Bowmar, who died in an aircraft accident in January.

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Utah backcountry pilot shelter in the works

ESCALANTE, Utah — Support is growing for the construction of a backcountry pilot shelter at Escalante to be dedicated to Paul Bowmar, according to officials with the Recreational Aviation Foundation.

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Help influence future recreational aviation… today

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has released “proposed planning directives for public review and comment. These directives are the key set of agency guidance documents that direct implementation of the 2012 planning rule.” This rule will replace the previous one written in the 1980s and will be the planning “bible” for the next 20-25 years. Sadly, the directives do not include any reference to recreational aviation or airstrips; therefore, the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) need your help to correct these critical omissions in the proposed Directives.

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Do you love backcountry flying?

Our Feb. 22 print issue will feature a special focus on Backcountry Flying and while we have a lot of great stories lined up (with a lot of help from the Recreational Aviation Foundation), we wanted to tap into the experiences and knowledge of our readers. We’re looking for your stories — Why do you enjoy backcountry flying? What are some of your favorite places to fly? What do you bring on every backcountry trip? How do you make flights more enjoyable and, of course, safer? Can you share any tips you’ve picked up along the way for new pilots who are ready to venture off the beaten path?

We’d also love to showcase photos from your many backcountry adventures. You can send photos and comments to or, if you prefer, add your comments below.