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Safety concerns over new EAS carrier at Havre MT

The EAS service is also to Lewistown, Glasgow, Wolf Point, Miles City, Glendive and Sidney. These used to be Frontier towns. The real Frontier not the new one. And Big Sky went under. Then Great Lakes came to town. Now Gulfstream International Airlines is taking over the contract.

Seems some former employees of Gulfstream are concerned about aircraft safety and personnel issues. Now I have to wonder. This is subsidized service. We are paying for this as taxpayers.

But sending out an aircraft not safe for flight or overworking an understaffed maintenance facility is not good. Agreed the Beech 1900D is a good airplane with an outstanding record of service. But I have to wonder about how well the EAS carriers are now being monitored.

Link is to the Havre Daily News. Hometown. Got to be concerned, don’t I?

http://www.havredailynews.com/cms/news/local_headlines/story-218829.html

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Pictures I swiped from CDR Salamander.

Kath,

I think you will like these. The old and the new.

Over "The Pass"

This one makes me a bit home sick. To the right is Whidbey Island, WA. It was home for eleven of my twenty years in the Navy. The pass is Deception Pass. Found by Captain Cook on one of his voyages. To the left is Fidalgo Island.

Mount Rainier. Beautiful place! This is one cool shot.

Over Seattle. The paint schemes and the Pacific Northwest just go so well together.

Here is the link to CDR Salamander with a couple more and his views on the subject.

http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/2011/02/retro-wednesday_23.html

Sorry Air Force, you never will be able to match this, ever. Not with classic Iron in the shot.

Yes, I do love my Navy Air. It is what defines me at times.

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Fly Me To the Moon!

A formation of AV-8B Harriers fly by the early rising moon over San Diego Bay during the Centennial of Naval Aviation Open House and Parade of Flight at Naval Air Station North Island, Feb. 12, 2011. The Navy is observing the Centennial of Naval Aviation with a series of nationwide events celebrating 100 years of heritage, progress and achievement in naval aviation.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Welsh

Thanks as always to The Strategy Page!

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Pre-SHOT Desert Shoot – Photos by Oleg Volk, Editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Folks, I apologize for taking so long to post these, but I’ve either been incredibly busy or sick since SHOT Show.  Still, I figure better late than never :)

I wrote an earlier post about the fun we had on 17 January, but I have more pics now thanks to Oleg Volk :D  Oleg was kind enough to allow me to post these for my remembrance and your enjoyment.  He took the pictures and I did the editing :wink:  Here’s hoping you like ‘em :cool:

Dan Coonan of Coonan Firearms with the Kel-Tec KSG - Kel-Tec Shot Gun - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan of Coonan Firearms with the Kel-Tec KSG - Kel-Tec Shot Gun - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan of Coonan Firearms with the Kel-Tec KSG - Kel-Tec Shot Gun - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan of Coonan Firearms with the Kel-Tec KSG - Kel-Tec Shot Gun - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan of Coonan Firearms joined Oleg Volk, Glenn Bellamy, our friend Mike, and yours truly out in the desert for some fun and photography.  Oleg had the new Kel-Tec Shotgun (KSG) on loan from the good folks at Kel-Tec and we got to play with it.  I think it’s safe to say that we all liked it :)

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy modeling the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan and his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan and his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan and his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan and his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Oleg took quite a few photos of the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic and I can see why!  This pistol is based on the 1911 platform, but fires either standard .357 magnum or .38 special rounds.  All that’s needed to switch between calibers is a different recoil spring :cool:  The 357 Magnum Automatic isn’t an inexpensive gun, but you surely get what you pay for :wink:

The model for the day’s photo shoot was Glenn Bellamy who’s an intellectual property attorney and a truly nice guy :)  I had a great time getting to know him out there.

Dan Coonan firing my Kel-Tec PF-9 - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan firing my Kel-Tec PF-9 - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan firing my Kel-Tec PF-9 - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan firing my Kel-Tec PF-9 - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

We brought out an assortment of firearms aside from the KSG and the 357 Magnum Automatic.  I brought all four of my pistols and a few rifles.  We had a darn good time all around with everything :)

Glenn Bellamy with the KSG - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy with the KSG - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy with the KSG - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy with the KSG - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Is it just me, or does Glenn look like a natural with the KSG and vice versa?

Dan Coonan and his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan and his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan and his 357 Magnum Automatic – Quite a pair of American classics :thumb:

Yours truly with my Fuji digital camera - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Yours truly with my Fuji digital camera - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Yours truly with my Fuji digital camera - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Yours truly with my Fuji digital camera - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Oleg was also kind enough to take a couple of pictures of me and I think they’re some of the best I have from any recent outing :cool:

Oleg Volk with an Infinite Arms PPSh-41 - Photo and editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Oleg Volk with an Infinite Arms PPSh-41 - Photo and editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Oleg Volk firing an Infinite Arms PPSh-41 - Photo and editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Oleg Volk firing an Infinite Arms PPSh-41 - Photo and editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Oleg Volk firing an Infinite Arms PPSh-41 - Photo and editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Oleg Volk firing an Infinite Arms PPSh-41 - Photo and editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Oleg Volk firing an Infinite Arms PPSh-41 - Photo and editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Oleg Volk firing an Infinite Arms PPSh-41 - Photo and editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Oleg had always wanted the chance to fire a PPSh-41 and Infinite Arms made that a reality :D  Of course, he couldn’t run the camera and the gun at the same time.  I was honored to take over camera duties and get these pictures for him :wink:  Oleg told me these are my images and I have the rights since I took them and I told him he’s welcome to use any of my pictures at any time for any reason.  I’m thankful to have had the opportunity and I look forward to helping Oleg out again in the future :thumb:

Glock 17 with an Infinite Arms auto sear - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glock 17 with an Infinite Arms auto sear - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy firing a Glock 17 with an Infinite Arms auto sear - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy firing a Glock 17 with an Infinite Arms auto sear - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Yours truly firing a Glock 17 with an Infinite Arms auto sear - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Yours truly firing a Glock 17 with an Infinite Arms auto sear - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Infinite Arms showed up later in the evening and brought a few fun items for us to enjoy as well :)  Here we have some great shots of a Glock 17 producing a fountain of spent shell casings at a rate of somewhere around 1,200 per minute :thumb:

Dan Coonan firing his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan firing his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan firing his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan firing his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan firing his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan firing his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan firing his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Dan Coonan firing his Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Improvised flash bang anyone?  Yep, that’s what it looks like when you fire a Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic in the dark :wink:

Infinite Arms M92 Krinkov after dark - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Infinite Arms M92 Krinkov after dark - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Mike firing the Infinite Arms M92 Krinkov after dark - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Mike firing the Infinite Arms M92 Krinkov after dark - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy firing the Infinite Arms M92 Krinkov after dark - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Glenn Bellamy firing the Infinite Arms M92 Krinkov after dark - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Another rather enjoyable item brought to us by Infinite Arms was the wonderful M92 Krinkov :wink:  If it looks like a really short AK-47, that’s because that’s what it really is.  Oh yeah, this one’s full-auto too :thumb:

Someone else asked me how we managed to attach a flame thrower to the gun and I had to explain what they’re seeing here.  That fire is the remainder of the burning gunpowder and the hot gases from the round that was just fired.  It’s so much more pronounced with a short barrel because there’s not enough room for it to really expand and burn before the bullet exits the muzzle.  You don’t really see it much in daylight, but as you can see it is rather pronounced at night :wink:

Sig Sauer and an Infinite Arms auto sear on a Glock 17 - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

Sig Sauer and an Infinite Arms auto sear on a Glock 17 - Photo by Oleg Volk, editing by Jeff Hollenbeck

And yes, this really is how some of us go to dinner – armed with an openly carried handgun :)  The Glock with the auto-sear was just along for the ride and was unloaded.  It was thought best not to leave it in the car :wink:

Dean’s Place was the restaurant we chose for a great Italian meal after a long day in the desert.  The food’s great as is the service and it served as a perfect end to the day :cool:

That’s it for tonight.  I’m still sick and I need some rest before work tomorrow.  Have a great day everyone :mrgreen:

Links to people and businesses in this post:

Oleg Volk – www.olegvolk.net

Infinite Arms – www.infinitearms.com

Coonan Inc. – www.coonaninc.com

Kel-Tec – www.keltecweapons.com

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Civility

Swiped from Old NFO at Nobody asked me.

Thought it most relevant to the current state of the idiot locker inside the beltway.

http://oldnfo.blogspot.com/2011/02/civility.html

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Cool one from AirPigz

The first flight of the n-Grumman X-47 takes to the skies at Edwards AFB!

This is a shipboard UCAS. Note the tow link on the nose gear. And there is a hook stowed aft. That gear says GRUMMAN! Big, strong and heavy duty!

http://airpigz.com/blog/2011/2/5/no-fins-no-pilot-no-problems-x-47b-first-flight-with-video.html

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Victor Davis Hanson

This was on NRO. If one currently lives here, they understand. Unless of course they are completely entranced by the last few years of out and out stupidity. And I include Arnold Schwarzenkennedy in that, also.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/255320/two-californias-victor-davis-hanson?page=1

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From Flight Global, Aero India

I found this one at the above site.

India is becoming a factor in the aerospace world. Considering the aviation industry was started by Kurt Tank. He designed the FW-190 which was a far better fighter than the Bf-109. Well maybe a tie with the 109G at the end of the war.

Link to post is right here: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/01/31/352402/aero-india-special-indias-show-of-strength.html

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I Swear I Haven’t Left!!!

Folks, I thank you for your understanding when it comes to my slow posting.  Between the insanity that was the week of SHOT Show, the weekend thereafter, working both days this last weekend, and working this upcoming Saturday, I’ve been just a bit on the busy side :wink:  Combine that with feeling like crud the last few days (either allergies or a cold – not sure which), and I’ve just not really been up to doing much.

Plans for the near future include spending this upcoming Sunday out in the desert with friends, scheduling a CCW class sometime in the near future, and finally catching up on blogging :)

Have a great day and I’ll see y’all again soon!

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Forecast for the Hi Line.

The forecast for the part of the country where I am from.

Winter! The current this morning is a Minus 42!

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=zmw:59501.1.99999

Keep this in mind when it hits the thirties where you live!!! ;)

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