In ths update: Ed snarls at I-5 snarls; Axle back from Canada visit; Body work busy; Dressing up the fuselage decals; A LARGE improvement to communications system
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Present for this Saturday work day: Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Ken Broyles, Von Armstrong, Sean Rondestvedt, Cam Shadle, Andrew Kirk, Rich Pengelley, Omar Chramosta, Keith Zanghi, Steve Rima, Jon Higley, Chris Greene, and John Winchester. Visiting today was a friend of Keith, Chuck Duncan, who greeted Keith with many terms of endearment.
Congratulations to North American Eagle™ team member Brandyn Bayes. Today he recevied a letter in the mail with his acceptance letter to the University of Washington! Brandyn’s major is computer science. Since the age of 10 when his father started teaching him C++ and JAVA programming language, Brandyn has found his niche in life. Brandyn is a competent programmer in National Instruments LabVIEW, and does all the website, Facebook, Google+, iOS and Droid mobile applications for the project.
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|Chuck Duncan, a co-worker of Keith, was our visitor today|
Cam and Ken Broyles teamed up to work on the underbelly door, making some repairs to the structural member and making ready for fastening a new aluminum skin. Les measured, cut, and fabricated another new replacement panel. John Winchester came by to start prioritizing the workload for the parachutes. Ed continued work on the cannister release mechanism for the chutes.
Some outdated decals and names are being removed from the fuselage and will be replaced with new ones; in some cases, relocated to another area. A new look is coming up down the line.
|Steve Green and Josh Heppner|
This past week Ed traveled to Eagle Machine, Inc and had some machine work done. Steve Green and Josh Heppner made some modifications to the rear axle to accomadate a new magnetic brake rotor design. Ed left Spanaway at zero dark thirty on Friday with the rear axle, making a windy and rainy run just over the border in Canada. The three set up and made necessary modifications to the axle. All loaded up and on the road by early afternoon, the expected quick trip back turned out to be not so much. Stop and go from Everett south tended to put a damper on Ed’s commute experience. He got a bit squinty eyed just talking about it. But. . .the axle is ready to go.
Work continues in compartment areas. Cleaning up, modifying, and repairing where needed. The Eagle is being groomed for her best appearance to the public.
Some great news is coming with regard to our communications system. For the last 2 months Mark Moore and Steve Rima have been searching for a suitable vehicle for a communication and media command center. In the upcoming weeks, antennaes, big screen monitors, computers and generators will start to come together. Stay on top of our weekly updates; be in the know about our project’s progress toward setting new world landspeed records.
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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