Backcountry Airstrip Group Names New Leader

RAF’s Carl Hicks

We don't normally report here on personnel announcements from aviation non-profits, but this one is from a new association,**** the**** Recreational Aviation Foundation, whose reason for being is to protect and preserve backcountry strips, a mission we at Flying believe in strongly. The new guy, Carl Hicks of Gig Harbor, Washington, becomes the group's first executive director.

Hicks' background is as a pilot and in doing work on Capitol Hill to promote health care legislation for people suffering from pulmonary hypertension. The RAF gig should combine those two callings nicely. Hicks is a long time AOPA member and has flown many Young Eagles flights in his Cessna 180, a fitting ride for somebody in Hicks' new line of work.

If you're interested in being a member, check out the RAF site at


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