Driven by the demand for more information about private airfields, the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) has released a Guide for the Private Airfield Owner.
“Preserving private use airfields is a primary mission for us here in the East,” said John Nadeau, former RAF Massachusetts Liaison. He owns Old Acton Airfield in Maine (02ME), and took the lead in drafting the document, which has gained the endorsement of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
The guide includes discussion of positive reasons to register for inclusion on FAA charts, as well as legal, liability and legacy concerns.
The RAF has long been established as the “go-to” group for answers regarding recreational aviation on public lands, in part due to the RAF Land Manager’s Guide and Advocate’s Guide.
“We expect that we may now be seen as the ‘go-to’ organization regarding private airfield support with this new guide,” Nadeau said. “It will be RAF folks who show up at an airfield with rakes, shovels and pulaskis when word goes out that an airfield owner needs physical help.”
The document is available online or printed copies may be requested from the RAF for $6.95 to cover postage.
The Recreational Aviation Foundation is a public 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 2003 to preserve, maintain and create airstrips for recreational access.