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Value of MPA Membership Updated: Wednesday, March 9, 2016


What MPA does for General Aviation pilots in Montana



1) The MPA represents your interests in the Montana Legislature. MPA successfully led the effort to amend Montana's Recreational Use Statute to include aviation activities, thus protecting the private airstrip owners from frivolous lawsuits if they open their airstrips for public use without compensation.



2) The MPA was the lead organization that preserved six of the ten primitive airstrips within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. This effort began in 2003 when the Monument was created by Presidential proclaimation. The six airstrips are now depicted on the Great Falls Sectional Chart. The MPA continues to work on the issue in Federal Court as several environmental organizations have sued to negate the Monument Resource Management Plan. If they are successful, the lawsuit would close the airstrips. The MPA is a joint intervener in the case with the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF).



3) The MPA works closely with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to maintain the public airstrips under their respective jurisdictions. This is primarily through organized work parties made up of volunteer members. Representatives of the MPA meet annually with federal land managers to plan the program of work.



4) The MPA closely monitors any effort by any public agency to restrict the public's use of airspace in Montana such as expanding existing MOAs or creating new ones.



5) The MPA maintains an up-to-date web site with useful information for all pilots in Montana, including an extensive airstrip data base.



6) The MPA publishes a bi-monthly newsletter to keep members abreast of the latest aviation events and happenings in Montana.



7) The MPA awards on an annual basis two flight training scholarships to deserving young people.



8) Local MPA "Hangars" provide the opportunity for members to gather in their respective areas for educational and social events. Most hangars meet monthly.



9) The MPA and RAF, working closely together, established Russian Flat airstrip, the first new airstrip on U.S. Forest Service land in forty-five years. This recreational airstrip is located on the east end of the Little Belt Mountains near the South Fork of the Judith River. Amenities include a 4000 foot airstrip, two windsocks, a handicapped accessible toilet, BBQ fire pan and a fenced area for airplane parking when livestock are present.



10) The MPA is a member of the Aviation Organizations of Montana (AOM), an umbrella group representing all facets of aviation interests in the state. The AOM meets on a periodic basis to address issues that impact all of aviation in Montana. The AOM is the primary organizer of the highly successful annual Montana Aviation Conference.



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