Backcountry Aviation Training for BLM State Recreation Directors Read more: Backcountry Aviation Training for BLM State Recreation Directorsby Mark Spencer It was late December when RAF President John McKenna and I sat in the BLM office at 20 M St. discussing our first partnership effort under the newly signed BLM MOU. This effort will be compiling the inventory of all airstrips on BLM lands. We've already had several conference calls
Arizona Backcountry Events Read more: Arizona Backcountry Events Winter and Spring 2016 Winter and Spring 2016  By Mark Spencer  The temps will be warming up soon and we have a full lineup planned for the 2016 spring backcountry season! Of course, with spring starting in January, in the desert anyway, we’ll kick off with a couple of training events hosted by some of the best in the country. Dave Dunteman will be
Double Circle Ranch is now AZ66! Read more: Double Circle Goes Formal (AZ66) By Mark Spencer  If you would have asked any of the backcountry team 4 years ago about the Double Circle Ranch, we would have shared our hopes and dreams for this incredible site, its history and its preservation, but would we have ever thought it would become a formally identified public airstrip? No, probably not, but thanks to
Read more: Escape to Escalante, UT (1L7) Escape to Escalante, UT (1L7) by Tim Greer Here’s a spot to put on your Arizona Pilot Bucket List: Escalante, UT (1L7). At 245NM from Phoenix, Escalante could be the perfect breakfast run, or a great weekend getaway. Escalante is a cute little town, steeped in Mormon history, surrounded by incredible parks and scenery. There are outdoor activities galore: hiking, biking
BLM Invites the RAF to Participate in Airstrip ProjectRead more: New BLM Airstrip Inventory Projectby Mark Spencer  As RAF members already know, our recently signed Memo of Understanding (MOU) ushers in a new era of cooperation with our friends at the BLM, relating to airstrips. As a very positive first activity under the MOU, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Dennis Byrd, explained that with the current national
  Read more: Backcounrty Rumble in the Desert at Ocotillo Wells on March 14th SunCountry Cubs, California Cubs, and CubCrafters Inc, are pleased to host the Rumble in the Desert Round 2! Events will take place at L90 Ocotillo Wells, followed by a BBQ and Awards Ceremony at 2pm. A block of rooms is being held under SunCountry Cubs, at the (L08) Borrego Springs Resort and Spa, in Borrego Springs, CA. RESERVE YOUR ROOMS EARLY! Click Here to
  Calling All Backcountry Pilots!  Back by popular demand, we are pleased to announce that SunCountry Cubs and the Arizona Pilots Assocation, with support by CubCrafters Inc, will hold the second annual "Backcountry Olympics" on January 24, 2015! This year's event will be a bit different than last year's at Flying “A” Ranch, and will be able to accommodate a much
Very First Back-to-Basics Safety Event was a Huge Success! By Dave Dunteman Read more: Back-to-Basics Kick Off Event Success! On Saturday 11 January, a group of pilots and planes gathered at Pleasant Valley Airport (P48) for the inaugural Back to Basics in the Backcountry Education and Proficiency program. We started with a one-hour academic session discussing Aeronautical Decision Making and Risk Analysis tools
Equal Access - The Struggle for TuweepRead more: Equal Access - The Struggle for Tuweep By Mark Spencer It’s a new year, a new legislative session, and a new day in the struggle to gain equal access to the Tuweep airstrip for Arizona pilots.  For our members’ benefit, here is a very brief history of the Tuweep struggle:The Tuweep airstrip has been closed for nearly 10 years now for the expressed purpose of reducing
Read more: Backcountry Etiquette Video by Rich FinkleRich Finkle has produced thisinformative and entertaining video on backcountry etiquette:View on YouTube All of us have been somewhere, sometime when someone does something that makes you want to throttle them. You know what I’m talking about. My goal is to be sure that we have captured the major things all of us should be thinking about to make our backcountry travels