Photo of Doug Turnbull of Turnbull Restoration with his 1946 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser bush plane

Congratulations to our own Doug Turnbull on being named as Western / Central New York Liaison for the Recreational Aviation Foundation (The RAF)! Liaisons work to further the RAF mission of preserving, maintaining and creating recreational airfields across the United States. Doug is excited to put to work his passion for flying in ways that benefit The RAF and related communities.

Below is the official announcement, reproduced here with permission from The RAF.


Please welcome new Western / Central New York Liaison, Doug Turnbull.

Doug is a native of Bloomfield, NY, in the beautiful Finger Lakes. His father owned a Cessna 185 amphibian, and they would travel to Quebec, Canada on camping and fishing trips during the summer. Doug spent much of this time flying from the right seat. In 1983, he earned his private pilot license at the Penn Yan Flying Club; soon he found a 1947 PA12, which he purchased and flew for many years.

Doug continues to live in the same area in which he grew up, and it was there that he grew his firearm restoration business. The business gained a national reputation for the work they do. His daughter and son-in-law are currently in the process of taking over the business, which gives Doug additional time to fly and promote aviation.

Traveling the country in his current airplane – a 1946 PA12 with many Alaskan modifications – he attends events and gets acquainted with RAF liaisons and many RAF members. He has been to Trigger Gap in Arkansas numerous times as he crosses the country seeing clients.

“I am looking forward to promoting the recreational flying that is available in western and central New York state,” Doug says. “I hope to educate pilots about the exciting places there are to see, and experience, in my state.”


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1 Comment

  1. Alec Wilson

    Well done Doug, nice to see that after all your years of hard work that you are in the process of handing the business over to your daughter and her husband. Now you can pursue your other great passion before time takes its toll.
    Take care mate. Best regards from Australia, Alec


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