In this update:  Steering box accessed, Trailer crane repaired, New block stands,

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Team NAE seemed to be in smiley moods today, despite the chilly weather.  Ed Shadle, Bernard McVay, Sean Rondestvedt, Keith Zanghi, Les Holm, Chris Greene, Andrew Kirk, Von Armstrong, Steve Wallace, Omar Chramosta, Larry Martinson and friend Chris Fogle, Steve Rima and Brandyn Bayes

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The fuselage panel cover directly under the cockpit was removed today in order to gain easier access to the steering box. . .first time in a long time.  It essentially is the floor of the cockpit and contained a trove of FOD (Foreign Object Debris) consisting of little nuts, bolts and washers that were dropped in unretrievable nooks and crannies over the years.  The steering box assembly is being reinforced with heavier bolts to assure that it remains in precise position during runs.

Sean, Keith and Bernard were also looking toward reinforcing the steering hydraulic lines in that compartment. 

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 Les and Ed were at work in the trailer.  The crane assembly had a hydraulic pump that wasn’t working.  They removed it and did some bench work that made it right. Back on top of the ladder, Les reinstalled it,  and Ed worked the crane through its running positions. 

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 Keith and crew put together a couple of new and larger wooden block stands for the rear wheels.  Somehow the 30 min job took about 3 hours!

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Steve climbed into the electronics bay to do some work on the National Instruments cDAQ 9188XT
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The two Steves, Wallace and Rima, worked on the data acquisition system.  Steve R. is switching over existing plastic tubing to copper lines.  Steve Wallace called on his laptop to work on some National Instruments software configurations for our data system.  Brandyn lit up his laptop and reviewed some web site features with Von and Keith.

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 It was finally cold enough in the hangar that the propane heater was put to use.  It’s loud, and it’s smelly, but it proved to be a popular place for hand warming and trash talking over the course of the day.

The team is looking forward to the annual pancake breakfast and awards time next Saturday morning.  It’s rumored that Keith will be bringing his accordian to provide the music.

The North American Eagle™ Partners with LeMAY – America’s Car Museum®

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We are happy to announce a partnership with the LeMay – America’s Car Museum. ACM spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile.  Featuring a nine-acre campus – with a four-story museum as the centerpiece – ACM, situated atop Tacoma, Wash., 30 minutes south of Seattle and in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, became one of the world’s largest auto museums and attractions when it opened in June 2012.

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LeMay – America’s Car Museum – Tacoma Washington

ACM is designed to preserve history and celebrate the world’s automotive culture.  The spacious facility houses up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations, and the LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book record of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-‘90s.

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LeMay – America’s Car Museum New Sponsor

“Everybody remembers their first car, family driving vacations, a sports car they fell in love with as a teenager,” says ACM CEO David Madeira. “Personal experiences with cars are at the heart of the American experience, and we’re going to showcase more than a century of automotive lifestyle and history as well as the future of transportation.”

The Eagle will be attending auto shows all across America promoting this unique facility. 

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 brand 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.  You can 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 and downloading the update.

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