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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.

Big Creek (U60) 2015 Breakfast Dates Announced - April 14, 2015

It's that time of year again: to plan for all the wonderful Idaho fly-in breakfasts you can go to. Dates for the Big Creek Lodge fundraiser breakfasts have been chosen for the 2015 season and are as follows: June 20 (8-10 am) June 27 (8-10 am) August 1 (8-10 am) See the Rebuild Big Creek Website for more information.

Join Us November 1st for a Dinner Dance Gala! - October 2, 2014

Set your calendar, and RSVP for a fun evening at the beautiful Warhawk Air Museum. You will dine among beautiful WWII era artifacts, including cars, planes, and other displays from that time. Dance to Big Band Music, and bid on a few unique items that will be on silent auction. And, maybe you will even win the 1945 Willys Jeep that will be raffled that night! There is no 'presentation' or speaker, apart from some acknowledgements--so the evening is yours to just enjoy friends and the aura of the Warhawk Air Museum. If you wish, come in 1940's attire, or simply dress up in modern style for the event on Nov 1, from 6:30 pm - ??. IAF wishes to thank the Warhawk for supporting this non profit fund-raising event, and if you haven't visited the Warhawk in a while, you are in for a treat! Dinner menu details will follow--but a fine meal including meat and vegetarian selections will be offered. Tickets are $65, and includes dinner, some alcohol, wine with dinner, dancing and great camaraderie. A cash bar will be provided. Please contact Nadine for ticket information 208-861-9056 or email This event is designed to appeal to non-pilots and pilots alike. We hope you will invite friends, family, WWII veterans, and other people who love a fun evening out and to support the effort to rebuild historic Big Creek Lodge. You can go to the Rebuild Big Creek Website for more information about the project. We could use some help in the following areas: •Volunteer bakers to bring deserts (which will be bid on from the guests in a fun way to select desert); •Individuals to bring unique, salable items for silent auction ($25-$5000 in value) •For information on donations/deserts--contact Colleen at 208-859-2471 or .

2014 Wilderness Within Reach

2014 Wilderness Within Reach - August 26, 2014

On June 25th and 26th the IAF helped six people with physical disabilities enjoy the wilderness at Sulphur Creek Ranch. The participants enjoyed fantastic food and accommodations supplied by Kieri, Valdean, and their staff. Horseback riding and fishing were much enjoyed as well as the camaraderie of a group together in the wilderness. The IAF Wilderness Within Reach Program is a joint venture with the Boise City Parks and Recreation department AdVenture program, which provides year round activities for adults and youth with disabilities. Over the past twenty-five years Wilderness Within Reach has helped over 400 individuals with disabilities, who may never have been able to do so on their own, experience and appreciate the Idaho wilderness. For more information about Wilderness Within Reach contact Joe Corlett at 208-890-1819 or For more information on Sulphur Creek Ranch in the mountains of Idaho contact Kieri at 1-254-378-7473.

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30 Year Special Use Permit Awarded to IAF by USFS for Rebuilding the Lodge at Big Creek

30 Year Special Use Permit Awarded to IAF by USFS for Rebuilding the Lodge at Big Creek - June 15, 2013

The Idaho Aviation Foundation cannot emphasize enough how supportive the USFS has been of the Lodge project. In fact, they have awarded the IAF a THIRTY YEAR Special Use Permit for ongoing operations at Big Creek. This is HUGE! We previously announced a 20 year permit—but they went to bat internally for this project and added another 10 years to the permit. At the Big Creek Breakfast event on the 15th, a ceremonial signing of the Special Use Permit by the Forest Service (Anthony Botello (seated) and Clem Pope from the Payette National Forest/Krassel District) and Idaho Aviation Foundation representatives (President Jim Davies (seated) and Vice President Colleen Back). After the signing, the US Flag was raised on the Lodge Site for the first time since 2008. See more about the project on our Current Projects Page.

Big Creek Goes up in Flames

Big Creek Goes up in Flames - October 23, 2008

Photo courtesy Walt Smith