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Updates on Emmanuel Coindre

ORS HQ, London. October 22, 2005

Chris Eisle, co-owner of Bighorn Airways Wyoming, told ORS today:

“Yesterday we dropped supplies to Emmanuelle Coindre. We made 2 trips  from Newport Oregon; the first trip he got two of the three boxes, and at least 1 of the boxes on the second trip”.  (scroll down for the chart) (scroll down to read the letter from the pilot with the corrections of this statement)

The reason the plane travelled from Wyoming to make the drop is because in order to drop packages from a plane into the sea the plane must be approved. The Dornier 228 utility plane owned by Bighorn Airways has such approval.



Plane lands in Newport on way to aid lone rowboat

By Steve Card Of the News-Times

This Dornier 228 utility plane made a stopover at the Newport Municipal Airport on Thursday to take on fuel and supplies as part of an unusual mission at sea. The plane would soon be dropping boxes into the ocean 500 miles offshore, resupplying a Frenchman who is on his way toward completing the first-ever, solo non-stop**

A "utility plane" made a stopover at the Newport Municipal Airport on Thursday on its way to complete a rather unusual mission 500 miles out to sea.
** - this statement is not correct. Gerard d'Aboville was the first to row the Pacific West-East solo non-stop in 1991.

Randy Leypoldt is chief pilot for Bighorn Airways of Sheridan, Wyo. On Thursday morning, he arrived on the Oregon coast in the company's Dornier 228 utility aircraft, which is mostly used to transport West Yellowstone smokejumpers during the summer fire season.

Leypoldt had made the stop in Newport to take on fuel and supplies. And before loading those supplies on the plane, they were wrapped in multiple layers of bubble wrap and then stuffed into cardboard boxes with more bubble wrap, to make sure they would float. In a couple of hours, Leypoldt would be flying 500 miles offshore so a crew member aboard the plane could dump these boxes into the ocean.

The purpose of this excursion was to resupply Emmanuel Coindre, the French sailor who is on a journey to row a boat from Japan to San Francisco. Coindre has previously completed five Atlantic crossings in a rowboat [ not correct: four in a rowboat and one in a hydrocycle - edit.] , and he set out in June on the first-ever** [see editor's note above], solo non-stop rowboat voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

Coindre, 32, will be rowing nearly 5,600 miles in 100 days. Prior to his departure, he estimated he would have to row about three million times in his 21-foot, high-tech rowboat before reaching his destination.

Leypoldt said Thursday his role in Coindre's odyssey is limited to this one-time drop of supplies. In fact, Leypoldt knew nothing of Coindre's trip before 4 p.m. Wednesday when told of his assignment.

The Dornier 228 is ideally suited for this type of work. It has large fuel tanks, giving it an extremely long range - about seven hours. The plane is capable of landing and taking off on short airstrips, and it can fly at fairly low airspeeds.

The drop itself, said Leypoldt, involves slowing the plane to around 90 knots (slightly more than 100 miles per hour) and dropping the boxes from an altitude of about 150 feet. The rest is up to Coindre, he said.

After the supply drop, Leypoldt said he would probably return to Newport to spend the night - then it will be back to Sheridan to await the next assignment.


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