In this update: Preparing for engine test; Connecting things up; Panels and access doors; Finishing up the fairings; Mobile command center and three generations.
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A beautiful June weather day as Team NAE turned out: Les Holm, Keith Zanghi, Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, Brandyn Bayes and friend, Chris Banks, Steve Rima, Rich Pengelley, Andrew Kirk, Steve Wallace, Chris Greene
It was a rare day in the North American Eagle™ hangers as three generations of Shadle were on hand to build the next world land speed record holder. Alex Shadle joined his dad Cam and Grandpa Ed and got his hands dirty! Alex is a black belt in Karate and thinks all grandparents own land speed cars!
Television personality and NAE Driver Jessi Combs and her co-driver Theresa Contreras won the 2014 Metalcloak Stampede Ultra 4 Racing in Prairie City, CA today! Congratulations Jessi & Theresa!
With the engine put back in place last weekend, work was centered on getting the car in shape for the uncoming static engine test in Shelton, Washington in two weeks. On the to do list this day were fairings, doors, and access panels.
Andrew spent most of his time cleaning up, smoothing out and priming the big rear belly fairing. He was joined by Chris Greene who did the same with fairing components for the rear axle. Keith welded two additional new heavy duty wheels to the belly cart, making it more stable, stronger, and easier to move around. All the recent modifications to the rear axle affected the fairings, which also needed additional work. With the final sanding and priming out of the way, Keith will be taking the lead in painting them to his satisfaction.
Ed, Les, Rich and Keith were checking connections, lines, and other components inside the fuselage to assure that everything is put back in order. The car had to be raised to stands so that the under doors and panels were accessible. The two big floor jacks took care of the rear wheels. And once again, the newly installed hydraulic jack stand made it easy to raise the front wheel into place. We always keep an eye out on the clearance between the top of the vertical stabilizer and the hangar ceiling when raising the car. Close. . .really close.
Keith brought our newly acquired motor home to the hangar. The two Steves are working on turning it into a mobile command center. Still a lot of work to be done there, including getting some more radio equipment and TV monitors on hand and installed. Today, Steve Rima repaired the electric/gas transfer switch on the refrigerator and and checked out the air conditioning system. He is also doing some wiring that will lead to a battery array back up system. The on board generator was purring along for quite some time today.
Brandyn is getting Chris Banks up to speed on our web site capabilities and we are looking forward to seeing Chris around the hangar. Not that Brandyn is excited about beginning his first year at University of Washington, but he reported in this moring with a spanking new UDub shirt, sporting the colors. Meanwhile he is hard at work on our IT systems and briefing Ed, Steve, Keith and Von on some promising new developments.
What a team, what an effort! There are good vibes at work as we continue to go flat out toward achieving some more record setting speed runs in the fall. Thanks for all your support, friends and sponsors. You are helping us make it all happen.
“Jet Blast From The Past
|Before she was the Eagle, she was Queenie II|
New Lenovo Support
A new level of support from Lenovo will be changing the landscape in our operations. In the very near future, the Landspeed.com website will be residing on servers on loan from Lenovo. A new ThinkServer will now be hosting all the content from the website, and provide storage for our engineering and intellectual property needs.
|Afterburner Docking Stations|
Lenovo is heavily embedded into our daily operations, with ThinkPads and ThinkStations providing support for website production, engineering consisting of mechanical and structural analysis and aerodynamic capabilities. Now we are pleased to announce the addition of new Lenovo ThinkServers to the North American Eagle™ team.
|ThinkPad, ThinkStation and now ThinkServer|
Mobile App Reminder: One of our primary focuses is to provide all of you with the latest information regarding the North American Eagle. In the Summer of 2012, we introduced our mobile apps, first for Android, followed by iOS. Since then, we have constantly been making improvements to the apps, adding new features such as Classroom Pages, while still providing a great user experience. We have taken great strides to try and ensure that our apps remain compatible with older versions of mobile operating systems, however this requires quite a bit of additional work for every update that we issue. We recently decided that this year, at the end of June, we will issue our final update for Android 3.2 and lower, as well as iOS 6.1 and lower. From that point on, any new updates issued will only be for Android 4.0 and above, and iOS 7 and above. (Please note that the mobile apps will continue to work on these older software versions, we will just be stopping our support of them). Our goal in making this change is to minimize the time in which it takes us to push new updates to all of you.
North American Eagle™ on Public Display at the Grand National Roadster Show! Sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool.
|The Grand National Roadster Show trip was sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool|
Since 1926, AERIAL Machine and Tool has been a top supplier for the US Department of Defense, a distinction that continues today. The company expanded as the nation prepared for World War II. Sewing capabilities were added and the company began to specialize in life-safety equipment, parachute hardware and accessories, belts, harnesses, restraints and case goods. These products remain an important part of AERIAL’s business even today. They support every branch of the US Armed Services: Coast Guard, Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force.
For 10 years AERIAL Machine and Tool has been supporting the efforts of the North American Eagle™. We are proud to be associated with them! Visit their website and see the amazing contribution they are making to our country!
Mobile Apps Keep Improving!
We like to keep introducing new features for all of our mobile users, but sometimes it’s important to give it a new look as well. We are excited to announce that NAE Mobile 3.1 for iOS is now available! It has a new interface that looks absolutely incredible. The update also includes support for the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. We highly recommend that you upgrade to iOS 7 so that you can take full advantage of this update. Download the app by clicking on the App Store logo below.
For all of our Android users, we have released an updated version of NAE Mobile, which now includes Android 4.4 KitKat Compatibility! You can download the update by going to the Google Play Store.
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