The Idaho Aviation Foundation has awarded a grant to Idaho pilot and author Galen Hanselman to support the field work necessary to produce a third edition of his popular recreational pilot guide, "Fly Idaho!"
The photography in "Fly Idaho!" was originally done in 1993. In the past 17 years, wildfires, washouts and runway improvements have changed the character of many of these unimproved airstrips. With the advent of digital photography and modern survey techniques, Hanselman proposes to revisit 80 backcountry airstrips to photograph and survey the airstrips to create terrain elevation models and runway elevation profiles similar to what he accomplished in a more recent book, "Fly Utah!" The results will be shared with the Idaho Division of Aeronautics, the Idaho Historical Society, the Idaho Aviation Association and the Idaho Aviation Foundation as an educational tool to promote safety in backcountry flying.The Idaho Aviation Foundation (IAF) was formed for the purpose of collecting contributions and donations benefiting and preserving all airports within Idaho. The IAF funds aviation projects, makes educational grants, and sponsors special initiatives such as the Wilderness Within Reach program.