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.
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."
2019 Big Tires and Campfires Raffle
The raffle was held on June 15th and was sponsored by the Idaho Aviation Foundation (IAF), a non-profit organization. All net raffle proceeds are donated to organizations that preserve, protect, and maintain backcountry aviation. In 2019 net proceeds were over $12,500.