In this Update: Friends from National Instruments tour the hanger; Communication checks; Data acquisition system; Making ready for Alvord test runs
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Good turnout of team members today, considering it is a holiday weekend: Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Tom Tiede, Steve Rima, Keith Zanghi, Von Armstrong, Eric Wittler, Sean Rondestvedt, Rich Pengelley, Don Mitchell, Brandyn Bayes ,and Omar Chramosta.
Andrew and Cristina Johnson
Special visitors today, all the way from Austin, Texas. Andrew and Cristina Johnson, system engineers from National Instruments, are taking a vacation cruise out of Seattle and decided to make a stop off at our hangar.
One of our many friends from National Instruments, Christina Johnson
The two met Keith, Ed, and Steve Wallace at NI Week in Austin TX. They mentioned that they would be in Seattle this weekend, so we invited them out to the hanger. Today they got a VIP tour of our hangar and met all of our team members present. Bon Voyage and thanks for your interest in the North American Eagle™.
Also visiting today were Ed’s daughter, Candy Clark, and her daughter, Jaime Jasper. Jaime is well into her 10th grade requirements this year, before school even starts, and enjoyed talking with Cristina about career choices and math, and engineering kinds of things.
The major work to be done before Alford test runs is the final assembly of the rear axle fairing components. Keith, Les, and Tom were at it all day, laying out patterns for fit and then transforming them into steel fairings that will enclose the areas subject to the most air turbulance at high speeds.
Les has been spending a good deal of time, both at home and at the hangar during the week, on the fairing project. It’s really beginning to take shape. Every component presents a different set of installation problems and all have to fit together as an assembly that does the job, and can be more easily taken apart and reassembled each time the axle is swapped for trailer loading. It takes a lot of measuring and pattern cutting before each piece is committed to steel.
A real horse painting, or is it a Paint horse painting?
Eric Wittler drove up to check out the Eagle after his Bonneville speed week times on the salt. Because he is an all around good guy, he was willing to take one for the team. He took on the task of spraying the interior trailer ceiling with Lizard Skin. . .a great product that we have used in the after burner area to protect the fuselage paint from the extreme heat. In this case, Lizard Skin is being used to remedy condensation dripping from the aluminum ceiling of the trailer. Eric brought along Paint. . . his trusty horse. . .to spell him off while he took a break.
Steve Rima kept busy with wire ciruitry for sensors, and testing back up electrical systems. He and Ed had their noses in product manuals along the way.
Ed ran a communications equipment check of the David Clark Headsets. All of the stations came in loud and clear.
Sean and Rich removed one of the rear wheels and took off the magnetic brake rotor to take some measurements. The new rotor is a bit thicker than the original and that affects the gap between the magnet assembly and the rotor on our no contact braking system.
Ed is putting together a time/personnel plan for the upcoming Alvord test runs so that team members can arrange their schedules as to who and when will be present for the runs, and how they will make the trip to Oregon.
The North American Eagle™ Partners with LeMAY – America’s Car Museum®
We are happy to announce a partnership with the LeMay – America’s Car Museum. ACM spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. Featuring a nine-acre campus – with a four-story museum as the centerpiece – ACM, situated atop Tacoma, Wash., 30 minutes south of Seattle and in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, became one of the world’s largest auto museums and attractions when it opened in June 2012.
LeMay – America’s Car Museum – Tacoma Washington
ACM is designed to preserve history and celebrate the world’s automotive culture. The spacious facility houses up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations, and the LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book record of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-‘90s.
LeMay – America’s Car Museum New Sponsor
“Everybody remembers their first car, family driving vacations, a sports car they fell in love with as a teenager,” says ACM CEO David Madeira. “Personal experiences with cars are at the heart of the American experience, and we’re going to showcase more than a century of automotive lifestyle and history as well as the future of transportation.”
The Eagle will be attending auto shows all across America promoting this unique facility.
Mobile Apps Keep Improving!
We have been hard at work, making significant improvements and adding new features to our mobile apps. Both our iOS and Android (Android 4.0+) apps have been given new interfaces as well as some new pages. We hope that you like the upgrades that we have made. If you haven’t already, be sure to download our mobile app to your Android or iOS powered phone or tablet.
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Eric Wittler With His Lenovo Laptop
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