In this update: Hydraulic headaches, inlet covers, parachute modification, on-board data system

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Today Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, Lars Pedersen,  Steve Wallace, Steve Rima, John Drury, Omar Chramosta, Les Holm, Sam Yellowbird and Keith Zanghi met once again to continue work on the North American Eagle™  Chris Banks stopped by to help with some IT problems.

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While Brandyn Bayes is away at school and the team needs some IT help, we call on Chris Banks.  A mathematics and science major at Pierce College, Chris stopped by to help upgrade the Windows Operating System.  Chris has been working with Brandyn on our project for over a couple of years. 

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 Ed went right to work today, making some modification to the parachute pack.  A new deployment line proved to be a bit too long to be packed in the cannister.  A drop- in visitor, Kenny Nickerson, lent a hand in extending the line out and it was shortened by 30 feet. This should make our parachute packers happy.

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 The overhead travel carriage in the trailer is presenting one of those hard to find, difficult to deal with problems.  Ed, Lars, and Omar spent the day working on hydraulic valves and tracing electrical circuitry in the system. Sooner or later it will be another problem solved. 

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 The two air inlet covers are sporting a new red powder coat and looking good.  Les attached the blue fabric panels, which display the F-104 legend and the American and Canadian flags.

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Work continues in getting the new computer data systems set up and capturing the huge amount of data acquired during speed runs.  Steve installed a new radar detector. Sam Yellowbird came by the shop to say hello and Keith fired up the communications van.  As usual, Von fed the crew and everyone was happy.

Towards the end of this work day, the car was lowered to the floor and the nose cone and canards attached.  Taking up 56 feet of space from the tip of the pitot tube to the tail feathers, the North American Eagle™ is an impressive sight, even when sitting still. 

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 A new level of support from Lenovo is 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 ThinkStation 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.  

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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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   Eric Wittler’s Chasing Clounds.net provides images to the North American Eagle™