In this update:  Wheels being prepared for inspection; Communications improvements; New Podcasts filmed

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Clocking in for another Saturday work session:  Ed Shadle, Ken Broyles, Steve Rima, Von Armstrong, Lars Pedersen, Jason Mitchell, Rich Pengelley, Andrew Kirk, Bernard McVay, Steve Wallace, Brandyn Bayes, Blake Sanders, Keith Zanghi, Omar Chramosta

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Andrew was busy conducting a personal tour of the Eagle and the hangar.  He showed his friend, Kaelyn, why he liked working with the team.  Kaelyn got some time in the cockpit and she ended up doing the roller coaster wave.


After time out for last weekend, the team got back into the swing of things today.  Getting the wheels ready for a thorough inspection was high on the todo list.  Several cases of high tech equipment were delivered to Ed during the week, to be followed by a team of technicians from Anchorage, Alaska. Envision CMOS Digital Xray System will be bringing even more equipment and setting up for a digital Xray scan of our running wheels.  It can detect the most minute flaw or imperfection in the aluminum.  Rated at 8000rpm , the wheels must be in top condition for high speed runs coming up in the fall.  For more information about the process, check out the website:

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Keith drove our newly acquired  motorhome/com center to the hangar today for more work in its transformation.  Steve Rima began installing new wire runs to provide power to the radios and computer systems.  It took some doing, but Steve and Von managed to pull a new wire bundle through existing channels located behind a cupboard and panel walls. A lot of work remains, but our new mobile communications center will be a major improvement to our project when completed.

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Bernard drove his pickup down from north of Seattle, the bed loaded with our two big work ladders.  They have a nice new yellow powder coating that will stand out and hold up.  Alternative Blasting and Powder Coating Inc. did some fine work.

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Steve Wallace and Brandyn did some conversing in computer language today and Steve was busy with his Lenovo laptop, establishing the wireless communication system for the on board data acquisition equipment.


The new Lenovo Thinkstation and laptops have provided the team with state of the art capabilties in engineering, aerodynamic design and analysis, and infinite storage and communication uses.  Today, Brandyn and Keith produced some new podcast videos that relate how the North American Eagle team makes good use of Lenovo systems; systems that work together with other programs to make up a  total computer design package. Our team aerodynamicists have it all at their fingertips .

New Lenovo Support

A new level of support from Lenovo is changing the landscape in our operations.  In the very near future, the 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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