In this update:  Start cart cranks up; A new look at trailer transport car suspension; data acquisition improvements

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Checking in for work today: Steve Rima, Lars Pedersen, Von Armstrong, Eric Helpenstell, Keith Zanghi, Rich Pengelley, Steve Wallace, Ed Shadle

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The team was happy to see Rich Pengelley back to work this morning.  He is the primary operator of the American Valley Aviation M32-60B turbine start cart, the mini beast that gets the S&S Turbine Services LM-1500 spinning and provides electrical power to the jet car during start up.  The cart generates its own high volume engine roar and pretty much gets everyone’s attention anywhere in the vicinity.  Rich put the cart through two run sessions, checking temperature and power guages and general operating performance.  A deficiency with power suppy was evident and some scheduled maintenance is being scheduled.

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A couple of friends of the team, David Fiola and Dan Johnson, showed up today with two new air bags that will greatly improve the suspension of the car during trailer transport.  The old units have outlived their useful life and David is making a new mount at his shop. David is a close friend of Corey Dawson on the team.  They went to work designing a new attachment system that will incorporate the new bags into the existing structure in the trailer.

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The data acquisition team of Wallace and Rima were at work running some computer data analysis and considering a new heat reduction device that will keep the on board computer at proper operating temperature.  Steve Rima has been working on a replacement for the 5 gallon computer water cooling system.  The new unit is much smaller.  

 Keith took up the paint sprayer and applied the finishing coats to the steering box and components.  The main steering parts are getting a work over from Steve Green at his Eagle Machine, Inc in Canada.  Once finished, the steering system will all be reassembled back here in our Parkland shop and the box jacked back up into place in the fuselage.

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 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 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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