In this Update: Radio antenna mast raised; Ground communications checked; Body panel repairs continue; Brake pedals adjusted

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Dry weather and blue skies were welcomed by Team NAE members today: Les Holm, Ken Boyles, Blake Sanders, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Jason Mitchell, Cam Shadle, and Steve Rima

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 Our Saturday work day centered around communication systems.  Steve Rima and Ed traced down and solved some wiring issues and completed a check of our ground communications David Clark radio handsets and the cockpit helmet radio.  Loud and clear with proper volume balance was the result.

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Ever since Columbus verifed  that the earth was round, we still have a problem with line of sight communication.  To remedy this, Steve Rima has put together a couple of antennaes that are high enough to reach both ends of the course.  Today he brought in the antenna mast sections and the hardware, lines, and tie-down ground stakes needed for the communications tower. Steve and Blake assembled the sections and attached the lines while the mast was on the ground.  Von, Ed, Jason and Cam joined in the  effort and the 50 ft. aluminum mast was raised into position and tied down.  The operation was basically a how to exercise in preparation for putting towers into place on the lakebed.   A second tower will be added, both equipped with 7 ft whip antennaes topping them out, and spaced along the running course.

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 Cam and Ken continued work on repairs to the fuselage door and Les was busy fabricating another panel and priming it for paint.  He also put in some workbench time , repairing a latch assembly for the nose cone.

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Ed seems to spend a good deal of his work days lying on the floor under the cockpit, doing things while on his back.  The two brake pedals have not been responding to his liking.  Today he found that stronger return springs, attached differently, allowed the depressed pedals to snap back to a neutral position.  Now he likes them.

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This is one of those pictures that tell a thousand words stories.  Today, our back-up parachute technician, Chris Greene, was off playing. He texted us the above picture of him hanging out with AMA Supercross / Motorcross Champion Jeremy McGrath.  That is pretty cool, seeing as how McGrath has won 89 AMA Championships! So we thought we would have some fun and send Chris a photo of our new back-up to the back-up parachute technician!  We decided to annoint a second back-up; Jason Mitchell, then orchestrated a group picture to seal the deal.  No where to turn for Jason.  We had a lot of fun and so did Chris.  Turns out Jeremey and we have some common friends in Los Angeles, so Chris talked to him about the Eagle.  Looks like Jason gets another title in lieu of pay.

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Since their US FIRST robotics team did so well in the recent District competition in Auburn, our young NAE team member, Brandyn Bayes, was not in the hangar today.  He was with his fellow robotics team competitors at the Regional finals held in Portland, Oregon this weekend.  We will soon be hearing how they and their robot fared.

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.

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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.

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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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  Eric Wittler provides many of our website photos.  Visit him at ChasingClouds.net.  Here he is with his Lenovo Laptop