Preserving Idaho's Treasures:

Backcountry Airstrips & Small Community Airports

The Idaho Aviation Foundation benefits general aviation in Idaho by supporting initiatives and projects designed to maintain, upgrade and develop airstrips, improve access, and promote safety at backcountry and recreational airports. Although IAF projects and grants primarily benefit general aviation users, many non-aviation outdoor enthusiasts also reap benefits from these efforts.

The IAF is a 501(c)(3) organization, which means that your donation is tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor .

Because of the way our donations are managed, 100% of your contribution goes to projects, not to administrative costs.

Idaho Aviation Book "Images of Aviation"

Idaho Aviation Book

This book is a permanent record of how aviation has become a critical component of life in Idaho.  It serves as a testament to the value of Idaho aviation in all its forms, and the legal right of all our backcountry airstrips to continue to be open to all pilots, in perpetuity. 

The IAF provided a grant to subsidize the Author for the writing of this book.

Since the dawn of Aviation, Idahoans have employed aircraft to carry people, groceries, mail, freight, and livestock over inhospitable terrain. Idaho’s airstrips are the stuff of dreams, offering pilots, anglers, hikers, and river-rafters access to deep wilderness less than an hour from the city. Aerial firefighting was born–and is based–in Idaho. Flight instructors in Idaho prepared thousands of pilots to fight in World War II. As the birthplace of United Airlines, with its famed “friendly skies,” Idaho is one of the country’s most aviation-friendly states. Government officials, private landowners, and volunteers have worked together to create and then preserve an infrastructure of big-city, small-town, and backcountry airstrips that are the envy of pilots worldwide.

Former IAA President Larry Taylor noted that the book “captures the history of Idaho Aviation and the people who have made it what it is. This is a book that should be in the hands of every aviator who has flown in Idaho or plans to.”

Pilot and author Crista Videriksen Worthy lives in Idaho and has been flying around the United States with her family since 1995 and writing about fun places to fly since 2006. Her favorite places to explore are the backcountry strips of Idaho and Utah’s red-rock country. Worthy is the author of over 500 articles about aviation, travel, bodybuilding, and wildlife and is the former managing editor of Pilot Getaways; she currently serves as editor of The Flyline, the monthly publication of the Idaho Aviation Association.

Copies ordered on the IAA website will be signed by  Crista Worthy.  Click on link to order your copy today:

Additionally, here is a link to a story in the January issue of Idaho Magazine that Crista wrote about Aviation here in Idaho.  Enjoy!

License Plate Campaign Succeeded Because of YOUR SUPPORT!

License Plate Campaign Succeeded Because of YOUR SUPPORT!

Thanks to all who helped by purchasing the special license plate in 2021 to keep the program going!

If you haven't already, order yours today (Click on the following link):

Please click on the following link to see a thank you letter from Idaho Aviation Foundation President Jim Davies:

Click HERE for License Plate Thank You Letter

Big Creek Lodge 2022

Big Creek Lodge 2022

 You Built It, Now Use It! 

Opening Date is May 27, 2022.  

Reserve the Best Room of your life:


Closing Date is Approximately October 15, 2022.  

Book Now to Hurry up and Enjoy Big Creek Lodge this year:

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What's Ahead in 2022

What's Ahead in 2022

Airport Maintenance Work Parties

These will be in conjunction with the Idaho Aviation Association (IAA). Check the IAA calendar for upcoming work parties and aviation events. 

New Webcams!

Mackay Bar webcam coming soon! The fires have delayed the installation date, but it is still in the works!  A webcam at Atlanta is in the future as well.

Have Suggestions for a New Webcam Location?

One for Atlanta is coming soon!  Send us your suggestions for ideas on new webcam locations!  Go to Contact Us: Contact Us

IAF Big Raffle 2021 Was a Success!


 We held the Big Raffle Drawing on Saturday, September 18, 2021.  

Click HERE for a List of Big Raffle Winners 2021

The raffle is sponsored by the Idaho Aviation Foundation (IAF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All net raffle proceeds are donated to organizations that preserve, protect, and maintain backcountry aviation. 

Featured Airstrip

Featured Airstrip

Cougar Ranch Airstrip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon 

Across the Middle Fork from Mahoney Airstrip sits another Idaho aviation jewel – Cougar Ranch Airstrip!  Opened up in 2018 it is a great place to visit.

The identifier is D47.  It is 1400 feet long and the elevation is 4,270 feet with an interesting approach.  It is close to the river and on the historic Cougar Ranch. 
Get instruction if you have not been in this area before, and then go have fun!  Here are some pictures: 


    YouTube videos of landing/departing from Cougar:

Enjoy the efforts of the Idaho Aviation Foundation and Idaho Aviation Association to make these airstrips available!

30th Annual Wilderness Within Reach

30th Annual Wilderness Within Reach

The Wilderness Within Reach (WWR) program celebrated its 30th anniversary with a flying expedition to the Flying B Ranch on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River July 9–11. The group consisted of 13 individuals, including Sonya Bucholz from the AdVenture program at Boise City Parks and Recreation. This year we had four individuals in wheelchairs which presented a challenge (getting them to the beach, which is about 100 yards from the main lodge). The staff at the lodge provided delicious meals and treated all with a lot of TLC. The wranglers put on an equestrian demonstration and had some of the more adventurous folks take a ride around the corral complex. Those who were able, had the opportunity to try their luck at fishing the river. Thank you so much to the Flying B crew! 

Hosts from the sponsoring Idaho Aviation Foundation included Vic and Janine Jaro and Joe Corlett (instigator and manager of WWR since its' beginning). This year was organized by John Davis, who will take over the WWR program in future years. It has been quite a run for the program for the last 30 years. Aviation has been highlighted as a wonderful tool to allow access to Idaho’s most remote areas for individuals who cannot easily reach those areas due to disabilities. It is my hope that the program will continue in perpetuity

This activity would not have been possible over the years without the generosity of the pilots and other folks who have contributed to the success of WWR. Our sincere thanks go to the many air taxi operators who have continually given their support and donated the seats for these trips. These operators include SP Aircraft, McCall Aviation/AvCenter, Arnold Aviation, and Sawtooth Flying Service. Historically, we have also had help from other commercial operators, including Salmon Air Taxi, Conyan Aviation, George Dorris, and Barry Bryant. Words cannot express how much these people are appreciated.  This year Jamie Boesiger flew her own C-206 into the Flying B to help with the heavy lifting for the departure. She also piloted the SP Aircraft into the ranch for the guests’ arrival. This year we dedicated the event to the memory of Tom Boyer, who was an ardent supporter of the program for over 20 years. He will be truly missed going forward.

Joe Corlett:  "I also want to thank the IAF for letting me carry the ball for so many years. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life to have had the privilege of sharing my love of aviation for the last three decades with those who are typically unable to be so fortunate.  My best wishes go to John Davis who is so capable that he made this year’s outing go seamlessly. He will be an excellent leader for the future."

Contact John Davis for information about Wilderness Within Reach:
Cell:  208-867-4600
Email:  [email protected]