A GLOBAL  ORGANIZATION

RUTAN AIRCRAFT FLYING EXPERIENCE

OUR MISSION

CONTINUING THE LEGACY OF BURT RUTAN DESIGNS
HOMEBUILTS THAT LED TO SPACE

RAFE is part of a certified 501(c)3 organization.  Join us on our endeavor to provide support and resources to the Rutan Aircraft Community as well as encouraging new Home Built builders who are just joining the group.

MEET THE RAFE TEAM

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RYSZARD ZADOW
Founder, C.E.O., Chairman of the Board WCAM/RAFE

​Ryszard Zadow has owned and flown Rutan Aircraft for over 35 years and founded RAFE to spread the word about the mission and tell the story of the dedication, the commitment and the spirit poured into the aircraft designed by Burt Rutan and built by the Owners. The goal to be an inspiration to others to build, to fly, to dream.

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ROBERT HARRIS
Aircraft Maintenance & Design

Robert Harris oversees the design, repair, and maintenance of the RAFE fleet and donated planes. This really comes naturally to Robert as he was the Director of Maintenance for a large turbine airplane operations. Robert's 30 years of experience in the building, modification, repair and maintaining of Canard aircraft means he knows exactly when and how projects need to be completed. 

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RICK FINNEY
Flight Instructor & Flight Tests

Rick started flying at 14.....a long time ago.....I think Orville was involved.  His flying  experience reads as a who’s who.  CFI, MEI, turbine, helicopter, round engine, seaplane and hot air balloon. 

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MIKE YANCEY
Maintenance & Fabrication

Mike’s experience is vast to say the least.  He is an aircraft builder/owner/pilot and is proficient on the milling machine and metal lathe, master welder, structural engineer, fluid dynamic operation design, fiberglass fabricator and makes some really mean Bar-B-Que.

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STEVE BRALEY
Engines

Steve is the turbine engine wizard.  Steve will tear down the jet engine to nothing but a pile of parts, put it all back together and run it. He also oversees the engine operations and maintenance during test flights.

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TERRY SWEAT
Electronics

The electronics Guru. If it deals with electrons, Terry knows how. Terry is a retired computer code and software writer. He bought his Vari Eze which he still owns to this day, along with a Cherokee. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

RYSZARD ZADOW, Founder & Chairman of the Board WCAM/RAFE

Ryszard Zadow has owned and flown Rutan Aircraft for over 35 years and founded RAFE to spread the word about the mission and tell the story of the dedication, the commitment and the spirit poured into the aircraft designed by Burt Rutan and built by the Owners. The goal to be an inspiration to others to build, to fly, to dream.

ALAN FELTIS, Board Member WCAM/RAFE

Alan Feltis is a retired Delta Airlines Pilot that lives in Houston, TX and is the Owner of a Stearman Aircraft on loan to WCAM/RAFE.

BILL ALLEN, Board Member WCAM/RAFE

Bill Allen lives in England and in Summerland Key. He has a LongEZ that he’s flown across the North Atlantic, twice, and an historic Varieze built by Al Coha. The Varieze is serial number 11. Bill also has a diesel powered LongEZ and a Cozy in England. He is a true international Canard nut!

DON JOHNSON, Board Member WCAM/RAFE

Don Johnson is an Attorney and is a Board Member and Legal Counsel for WCAM/RAFE. Member of the General Staff of the CAF (CommemorativeAirForce.org).

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