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By Zoie Koostra

Airplane Fly-in Held to Show Support for Backcountry Airstrips


Zoie Koostra, Pathfinder

A seaplane does a pass over the runway at Seeley Lake Airport on Sunday, June 17.

SEELEY LAKE - Over the weekend, the Recreational Aviation Foundation hosted a fly-in event at the Seeley Lake Airport to show its support for small, backcountry airstrips in rural communities.

Attendees included local pilots from Seeley Lake and other towns in Montana as well as pilots from Canada and as far away as Atlanta, Ga. Many attended the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association Fly-in which was held in Missoula in the days before.

"Instead of everyone flying in and only seeing Missoula, which isn't really the backcountry, Scott [Newpower], one of the Montana liaisons, said he'd set...

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