Recreational Aviation
Foundation
2014
Eric Davis
Recreational Aviation Foundation
Georgia State Liaison
Learned to fly in 2003.
RAF member since 2011.
First bac...
THE RAF MISSION
“Keeping the legacy of recreational aviation
strong by preserving, maintaining and
creating public use rec...
Because being here is ordinary,
…but being here is extraordinary
and here…
and here…
and here…
with these people…
doing this…
and this…
and this…
and this…
and this…
and this…
and this…
and this…
and this…
and this…
GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Access
Advocacy
Volunteerism
Partnerships
Education
Conservation
ACCESS
Aviation is a valid and appropriate way to
access recreational opportunities on public
or private land.
ADVOCACY
Establishing and maintaining aviation
access to National and State Public Lands
Enhancing landowner protections a...
VOLUNTEERISM
Our members are passionate about our
mission and enjoy making it happen.
PARTNERSHIPS
The RAF works with aviation advocacy
and government agencies for the purpose
of protecting the common interes...
EDUCATION
Pilot Safety & Backcountry Etiquette is
critical to the use and enjoyment of
backcountry airstrips.
CONSERVATION
Aviation deserves the same consideration
as other forms of access.

Airstrip infrastructure often has a lower...
ORGANIZATION &
MEMBERSHIP
Backcountry flying is not new …
… but it has become more popular
5300 Members – and Growing
In 2003 a handful of
pilots decided to do
something about the
loss of airstrips on
public lands...
RAF Leadership
Bureau of Land
Management
Liaisons

Executive
Leadership &
Board of Directors

Environmental &
Science Advi...
State Liaisons – West
Bob Kay

State Liaisons - West
Mike Hart
Joe Grubiak

Jon Hudson
Ron Normandeau

Dennis Smith
Phil O...
State Liaisons – Central
Brian Rau

Kirk Hiner
Chuck Aldrian

Dan Elwood

Steve Thompson

Chase Snodgrass
Scot Warren

Dav...
State Liaisons – East
John Zanchi
Bob Burley

Andy Rowe

Russ Holland

Lloyd Babcock
Brad Frederick

Kris Barnett

Craig M...
BECOMING A MEMBER
Friend or Donor Members may signup or renew
at: http://theraf.org/support-team-raf

A non-profit 501(c)(...
PROJECTS
Recreational Use Statute
Wildlife Research
Airfields
Pilot Shelters

Marketing Outreach
PROJECTS
Recreational Use Statute
Wildlife Research
Airfields
Pilot Shelters

Marketing Outreach
RECREATIONAL USE STATUTE
(RUS)
Legislation intended to
promote public
recreational use of
privately owned land
by granting...
RUS RATIONALE
Public need for recreational
land exceeds the
ability of gov‟t to
provide such
spaces.

Landowners are
encou...
RUS PROTECTED USES
A definition of "recreational use" that lists
activities such as hiking, swimming,
fishing, pleasure dr...
RUS LIMITATIONS
Some courts recognize only those
activities listed in the statute.

It is the RAF‟s goal to
ensure that “a...
RUS AMENDMENT PROGRESS

Amended RUS
In Progress
RECENT WIN: OKLAHOMA
GRAND ISLE AIRPORT OK18
RECENT WIN: OKLAHOMA
GRAND ISLE AIRPORT OK18
RAF state liaisons Steve Thompson (OK) &
Dave Myrick (AR) worked with SuperCu...
GEORGIA RUS CALL TO ACTION!
RUS Amendment bill is SB127.
Introduced in 2013 but did not make it out
of Senate.
Critical th...
GA LEGISLATIVE CONTACT INFO
Office of the Lieutenant Governor – Casey Cagle
240 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (40...
PROJECTS
Recreational Use Statute
Wildlife Research
Airfields
Pilot Shelters

Marketing Outreach
PUBLIC LAND USE PRACTICES
USFS District Rangers and BLM Managers regularly
revise land use practices, typically on a 10-ye...
PUBLIC LAND USE PRACTICES
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Access to airstrips on public land is influenced
by claims about noise imp...
RESEARCH PLAN
Scientists and RAF pilots collect bio samples from a mix
of species in back country settings where aircraft ...
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The RAF thanks the following for their support:
The AOPA Foundation‟s financial support of this initiativ...
PROJECTS
Recreational Use Statute
Wildlife Research
Airfields
Pilot Shelters

Marketing Outreach
ARIZONA BACKCOUNTRY
AIRSTRIPS
ARIZONA BACKCOUNTRY
AIRSTRIPS
The Arizona Pilot‟s Association and the RAF have worked
together to reopen and maintain five...
BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK
BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK
After a year of friendly collaboration with Texas Parks and
Wildlife officials, the RAF was able...
“BIG CREEK FOUR”
PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST
“BIG CREEK FOUR”
PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST
In 2004, the USFS proposed that the airstrips be
classified as “emergency use onl...
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Chicken Strip was closed for safety reasons
following a flood.

The RAF entered into an MOU wit...
RYAN FIELD 2MT1
RYAN FIELD 2MT1
Private airstrip gifted to the RAF by Ben & Butchie Ryan
Located one mile southeast of West Glacier, MT & ...
BLACKWATER 8FD3
BLACKWATER 8FD3
Joint project with local pilots & the Florida State
Forest Service

Provisional use of Blackwater Airfield...
UPPER MISSOURI RIVER BREAKS
NATIONAL MONUMENT
UPPER MISSOURI RIVER BREAKS
NATIONAL MONUMENT
Years of planning with the BLM to develop a plan to
preserve these 6 airstri...
RUSSIAN FLAT M42
LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST
Led by RAF Board Member Dan Prill.

Resulted in the construction of the fir...
FORT KENT AIRSTRIP MAINE
FORT KENT AIRSTRIP MAINE
The Fish River Flying Club wanted to reopen this
municipally-owned airstrip, closed due to lack o...
AIRSTRIP MAINTENANCE
Ryan Field

Death Valley

Blackwater Forest

Reed Ranch

Russian Flat

Missouri River
Breaks
PROJECTS
Recreational Use Statute
Wildlife Research
Airfields
Pilot Shelters
Marketing Outreach
PILOT SHELTERS
Double Circle Ranch, AZ
PILOT SHELTERS
Escalante, UT
PILOT SHELTERS
Bozeman, MT
PILOT SHELTERS
Ryan Field, MT
PROJECTS
Recreational Use Statute
Wildlife Research
Airfields
Pilot Shelters

Marketing Outreach
GREAT ALASKA
AIRMEN‟S GATHERING
AOPA SUMMIT
FT. WORTH
Sun „n Fun
Red Bird facility
San Marcus, TX
Del Amo Flying Club
Torrance, CA
NBAA
LAS VEGAS
SOUTHEAST REGION
POINTS OF INTEREST
JEKYLL ISLAND
JEKYLL ISLAND
State park located on the Georgia Coast.
Offers great recreation within easy reach of the field.

World clas...
PEACH STATE AERODROME
PEACH STATE AERODROME
Airfield owner and RAF member Ron Alexander hosts
many public events year-round.
Airfield open to th...
BERG PARK AERODROME 9GA2
BERG PARK AERODROME 9GA2
Airfield owner and RAF member Steve Berg hosts many
public events year-round at his 2378‟ grass a...
BLACKWATER 8FD3
BLACKWATER 8FD3
Joint project with local pilots & the Florida State
Forest Service

Provisional use of Blackwater Airfield...
NEW RIVER GORGE WV32
NEW RIVER GORGE WV32
Privately owned 2950‟ paved strip near the New River
National Forest.
Camping, lodging, & restaurants...
AWARDS & GRANTS
The RAF was again awarded the Lightspeed
Aviation Foundation‟s 2013 Pilot's Choice
Award.
AOPA Foundation ...
KEEPING UP WITH RAF EVENTS
theraf.org  click on Events
RAF members are notified of events by email.

Not an RAF member? P...
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The Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) was founded by a group of Montana pilots who realized the threat of recreational airstrip closure was of national concern. They also recognized that there was the need for a unified effort by pilots everywhere to protect public recreational opportunities. Recognized by the IRS as a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the RAF is dedicated to preserving existing airstrips and actually creating new public-use recreational airstrips throughout the United States.

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  • Located on the Georgia coast this state park is the only one with a public airport and was the site of our first 2013 Georgia RAF Fly-in.Recreational amenities include 25 miles of nature trails suitable for walking, running, and cycling.Numerous available activities such as golfing, horseback riding, fishing, boating, beach access, tennis, dining, historic home tours, etc.Contact Rich Van Iderstyne (912) 635-9330 for airport information.
  • Recreational Aviation Foundation Overview 2014

    1. 1. Recreational Aviation Foundation 2014
    2. 2. Eric Davis Recreational Aviation Foundation Georgia State Liaison Learned to fly in 2003. RAF member since 2011. First backcountry experience: 2013 Ryan Field Member Appreciation Fly-in. Wants to encourage more pilots to think about integrating flying into a recreational and active lifestyle. Contact: edavis@theraf.org Meadow Creek
    3. 3. THE RAF MISSION “Keeping the legacy of recreational aviation strong by preserving, maintaining and creating public use recreational and backcountry airstrips nationwide.”
    4. 4. Because being here is ordinary,
    5. 5. …but being here is extraordinary
    6. 6. and here…
    7. 7. and here…
    8. 8. and here…
    9. 9. with these people…
    10. 10. doing this…
    11. 11. and this…
    12. 12. and this…
    13. 13. and this…
    14. 14. and this…
    15. 15. and this…
    16. 16. and this…
    17. 17. and this…
    18. 18. and this…
    19. 19. and this…
    20. 20. GUIDING PRINCIPLES Access Advocacy Volunteerism Partnerships Education Conservation
    21. 21. ACCESS Aviation is a valid and appropriate way to access recreational opportunities on public or private land.
    22. 22. ADVOCACY Establishing and maintaining aviation access to National and State Public Lands Enhancing landowner protections at the state level
    23. 23. VOLUNTEERISM Our members are passionate about our mission and enjoy making it happen.
    24. 24. PARTNERSHIPS The RAF works with aviation advocacy and government agencies for the purpose of protecting the common interest of the recreational flying community.
    25. 25. EDUCATION Pilot Safety & Backcountry Etiquette is critical to the use and enjoyment of backcountry airstrips.
    26. 26. CONSERVATION Aviation deserves the same consideration as other forms of access. Airstrip infrastructure often has a lower overall impact on the environment. “The greatest good to the greatest number for the longest time” – Gifford Pinchot
    27. 27. ORGANIZATION & MEMBERSHIP
    28. 28. Backcountry flying is not new …
    29. 29. … but it has become more popular
    30. 30. 5300 Members – and Growing In 2003 a handful of pilots decided to do something about the loss of airstrips on public lands. Today the RAF is over 5,300 members strong. (Membership as of August 2013)
    31. 31. RAF Leadership Bureau of Land Management Liaisons Executive Leadership & Board of Directors Environmental & Science Advisory Committee State Liaisons Support Personnel
    32. 32. State Liaisons – West Bob Kay State Liaisons - West Mike Hart Joe Grubiak Jon Hudson Ron Normandeau Dennis Smith Phil Olson Shane Gorman Tom Haefeli Patrick Romano Chris Berge Rick Lach John Kounis Larry Filener Steve Durtschi Wayne Loeber Mark Spencer
    33. 33. State Liaisons – Central Brian Rau Kirk Hiner Chuck Aldrian Dan Elwood Steve Thompson Chase Snodgrass Scot Warren Dave Myrick
    34. 34. State Liaisons – East John Zanchi Bob Burley Andy Rowe Russ Holland Lloyd Babcock Brad Frederick Kris Barnett Craig McCullough Kathy Hegenberger Eric Davis Jack Tyler
    35. 35. BECOMING A MEMBER Friend or Donor Members may signup or renew at: http://theraf.org/support-team-raf A non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tax-deductible donations support: Construction of new airstrips & pilot shelters Maintenance of existing airstrips & pilot shelters Development of educational materials Meetings with gov't decision-makers
    36. 36. PROJECTS Recreational Use Statute Wildlife Research Airfields Pilot Shelters Marketing Outreach
    37. 37. PROJECTS Recreational Use Statute Wildlife Research Airfields Pilot Shelters Marketing Outreach
    38. 38. RECREATIONAL USE STATUTE (RUS) Legislation intended to promote public recreational use of privately owned land by granting landowners some liability protection.
    39. 39. RUS RATIONALE Public need for recreational land exceeds the ability of gov‟t to provide such spaces. Landowners are encouraged to help through the protections afforded by an RUS.
    40. 40. RUS PROTECTED USES A definition of "recreational use" that lists activities such as hiking, swimming, fishing, pleasure driving, nature study, etc. The phrase "includes, but is not limited to" often appears in order to prevent a narrow interpretation.
    41. 41. RUS LIMITATIONS Some courts recognize only those activities listed in the statute. It is the RAF‟s goal to ensure that “aviation activities” are included in every state‟s RUS.
    42. 42. RUS AMENDMENT PROGRESS Amended RUS In Progress
    43. 43. RECENT WIN: OKLAHOMA GRAND ISLE AIRPORT OK18
    44. 44. RECENT WIN: OKLAHOMA GRAND ISLE AIRPORT OK18 RAF state liaisons Steve Thompson (OK) & Dave Myrick (AR) worked with SuperCub.org member Mike Sisemore to pass HB1009, which amended Oklahoma‟s RUS. As a result, Mike is again hosting his popular “Tail-Dragger Fly-In” at OK18.
    45. 45. GEORGIA RUS CALL TO ACTION! RUS Amendment bill is SB127. Introduced in 2013 but did not make it out of Senate. Critical that EVERYONE contact the Lt. Governor‟s Office & their State Senator. Let them know that you support SB127!
    46. 46. GA LEGISLATIVE CONTACT INFO Office of the Lieutenant Governor – Casey Cagle 240 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-5030 Fax: (404) 656-6739 Email: http://ltgov.georgia.gov/contact-lt-governor You can look up your State Senator’s contact information here: http://votesmart.org/
    47. 47. PROJECTS Recreational Use Statute Wildlife Research Airfields Pilot Shelters Marketing Outreach
    48. 48. PUBLIC LAND USE PRACTICES USFS District Rangers and BLM Managers regularly revise land use practices, typically on a 10-year cycle. “The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976 requires every national forest or grassland managed by the Forest Service to develop and maintain an effective Land Management Plan.” USDA Website “Land use plans and planning decisions are the basis for every onthe-ground action the BLM undertakes.” - BLM Handbook H-1601-1
    49. 49. PUBLIC LAND USE PRACTICES PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD Access to airstrips on public land is influenced by claims about noise impacts. Anecdotal evidence supporting aircraft access is countered by claims of aircraft-induced harm to wildlife. The RAF’s goal is to provide scientific evidence regarding these claims
    50. 50. RESEARCH PLAN Scientists and RAF pilots collect bio samples from a mix of species in back country settings where aircraft do and do not operate. Lab analysis compares stress enzyme levels. Results published in peer-reviewed wildlife science journals to ensure acceptance.
    51. 51. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The RAF thanks the following for their support: The AOPA Foundation‟s financial support of this initiative Dr. Ric Hauer – Volunteer Lead Scientist Professor of Limnology and Director of the Institute on Ecosystems at the University of Montana The scientists and pilots who are volunteering their aircraft, time, expertise, and financial resources
    52. 52. PROJECTS Recreational Use Statute Wildlife Research Airfields Pilot Shelters Marketing Outreach
    53. 53. ARIZONA BACKCOUNTRY AIRSTRIPS
    54. 54. ARIZONA BACKCOUNTRY AIRSTRIPS The Arizona Pilot‟s Association and the RAF have worked together to reopen and maintain five airstrips within the state. Pleasant Valley, Double Circle Ranch, Grapevine, Redcreek, and Grand Gulch are all open to the public. The APA website has detailed information about each site. Pleasant Valley Grapevine Double Circle
    55. 55. BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK
    56. 56. BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK After a year of friendly collaboration with Texas Parks and Wildlife officials, the RAF was able to convince the park service to list the 5,000' paved strip as a public use airport in late 2013. Several privately owned airstrips in the area are also open to the public. Taurus Mesa (4TE4) Hot Springs (3TE4) Fulcher Ranch (3TE8)
    57. 57. “BIG CREEK FOUR” PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST
    58. 58. “BIG CREEK FOUR” PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST In 2004, the USFS proposed that the airstrips be classified as “emergency use only,” which would halt maintenance and effectively close the strips. The Idaho Aviation Association, Montana Pilots Association, and Recreational Aviation Foundation intervened to ensure that the airstrips would remain open to the public. The Idaho Pilots Association website has detailed site information available on their website.
    59. 59. DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
    60. 60. DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK Chicken Strip was closed for safety reasons following a flood. The RAF entered into an MOU with the National Park Service to provide strip maintenance resulting in the reopening of Chicken Strip.
    61. 61. RYAN FIELD 2MT1
    62. 62. RYAN FIELD 2MT1 Private airstrip gifted to the RAF by Ben & Butchie Ryan Located one mile southeast of West Glacier, MT & site of the annual RAF Summer Fly-in Contact information along with a pilot safety briefing is available on the RAF website under Pilot Resources.
    63. 63. BLACKWATER 8FD3
    64. 64. BLACKWATER 8FD3 Joint project with local pilots & the Florida State Forest Service Provisional use of Blackwater Airfield in the Blackwater Florida State Forest. Prior approval from Forest Service is required (available on the RAF website under Pilot Resources).
    65. 65. UPPER MISSOURI RIVER BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT
    66. 66. UPPER MISSOURI RIVER BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT Years of planning with the BLM to develop a plan to preserve these 6 airstrips. The Montana Wilderness Assoc. & The Wilderness Society challenged this project through the courts. The RAF and MPA financed litigation which resulted in a favorable outcome for recreational aviation.
    67. 67. RUSSIAN FLAT M42 LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST Led by RAF Board Member Dan Prill. Resulted in the construction of the first new airstrip on USFS land in over 50 years. Contact info & pilot safety briefing is available on the RAF website under Pilot Resources.
    68. 68. FORT KENT AIRSTRIP MAINE
    69. 69. FORT KENT AIRSTRIP MAINE The Fish River Flying Club wanted to reopen this municipally-owned airstrip, closed due to lack of maintenance. A sticking point was concern over liability. The RAF educated stakeholders about the RUS, who then enthusiastically approved reopening. The RAF also contributed funds to aid in maintenance. Pilots can access this uncharted strip by contacting Tom Voisine at 207-834-5685 for a safety briefing.
    70. 70. AIRSTRIP MAINTENANCE Ryan Field Death Valley Blackwater Forest Reed Ranch Russian Flat Missouri River Breaks
    71. 71. PROJECTS Recreational Use Statute Wildlife Research Airfields Pilot Shelters Marketing Outreach
    72. 72. PILOT SHELTERS Double Circle Ranch, AZ
    73. 73. PILOT SHELTERS Escalante, UT
    74. 74. PILOT SHELTERS Bozeman, MT
    75. 75. PILOT SHELTERS Ryan Field, MT
    76. 76. PROJECTS Recreational Use Statute Wildlife Research Airfields Pilot Shelters Marketing Outreach
    77. 77. GREAT ALASKA AIRMEN‟S GATHERING
    78. 78. AOPA SUMMIT FT. WORTH
    79. 79. Sun „n Fun
    80. 80. Red Bird facility San Marcus, TX
    81. 81. Del Amo Flying Club Torrance, CA
    82. 82. NBAA LAS VEGAS
    83. 83. SOUTHEAST REGION POINTS OF INTEREST
    84. 84. JEKYLL ISLAND
    85. 85. JEKYLL ISLAND State park located on the Georgia Coast. Offers great recreation within easy reach of the field. World class FBO with world class hospitality. Rent electric carts from Red Bug Motors to get around. 25 miles of nature trails for walking and cycling. Golfing, horseback riding, fishing, boating, beach access, tennis, dining, historic home tours, etc.
    86. 86. PEACH STATE AERODROME
    87. 87. PEACH STATE AERODROME Airfield owner and RAF member Ron Alexander hosts many public events year-round. Airfield open to the public. Excellent restaurant – Barnstormer‟s Grill. Host to the RAF‟s 2013 Backcountry Refresher Clinic. Visit www.peachstateaero.com for more information.
    88. 88. BERG PARK AERODROME 9GA2
    89. 89. BERG PARK AERODROME 9GA2 Airfield owner and RAF member Steve Berg hosts many public events year-round at his 2378‟ grass airfield. Located in Midway GA, near the coast. Space available for camping with running water and toilets. Contact Steve Berg for more information: 912-884-8666
    90. 90. BLACKWATER 8FD3
    91. 91. BLACKWATER 8FD3 Joint project with local pilots & the Florida State Forest Service Provisional use of Blackwater Airfield in the Blackwater Florida State Forest. Prior approval from Forest Service is required (available on the RAF website under Pilot Resources).
    92. 92. NEW RIVER GORGE WV32
    93. 93. NEW RIVER GORGE WV32 Privately owned 2950‟ paved strip near the New River National Forest. Camping, lodging, & restaurants. Outfitter „Adventures on The Gorge‟ will pick you up at the airfield: adventurewestvirginia.com Skydiving operator located on the field. Visit www.skydivenrg.com Contact Gary Kessler for permission: 615-585-6114.
    94. 94. AWARDS & GRANTS The RAF was again awarded the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation‟s 2013 Pilot's Choice Award. AOPA Foundation „Giving Back‟ Grant was awarded to the RAF to conduct “scientific research into the stress-related effects of aircraft noise on wildlife.”
    95. 95. KEEPING UP WITH RAF EVENTS theraf.org  click on Events RAF members are notified of events by email. Not an RAF member? Please consider joining and know that guests are always welcome!
    96. 96. Thank you

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