Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) President John McKenna and Public Lands Liaison Mark Spencer of Arizona testified March 18 before the U.S. House Department of Interior Appropriations Committee to request funding for the ongoing maintenance of airstrips on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS). [Read more…]
The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) reserves its highest award, called the Gold Pulaski, for those the board feels truly worthy. Jerry Cain of Lincoln, Montana has been “treasurer and director extraordinaire” since the RAF was formed, says RAF President John McKenna. Jerry flies a Husky A1-A and has steadfastly tracked all donations made since day one. “Even though Jerry officially stepped down December 31, 2011 as treasurer, I haven’t noticed any difference in the effort he puts forth,” noted McKenna at an RAF briefing at the recent Montana Aviation Conference in Bozeman. [Read more…]
The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) has added four state liaisons to its rolls: Lloyd Babcock of Pennsylvania, Rick Lach of California, Brad Frederick of Michigan, and Alan Cossitt of Oregon. Each is tasked with fulfilling the RAFs nationwide campaign to create, maintain, and preserve backcountry airstrips.
“What that meant for Lloyd, Alan, Rick and, Brad was seemingly endless interviews by RAF members at the regional and national level, alongside a multi-page application that cautioned long hours, paying all of their own expenses, and exactly $0 for their time (remember, we are a volunteer organization)”, said RAF Executive Director Carl Hicks. “All this so that they can serve you, your families, and all of our fellow pilots by helping in this very important effort to keep recreational destinations open for us all to fly to.” [Read more…]