In this update:  A race car’s work is never done; Eagle’s make up is removed; The team greets the latest intern

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Today’s work was pre-game on as the team reported in: Les Holm, Lars Pedersen, Andrew and Morgan Kirk, Steve Rima and his friend, Brian Hagland, Don Mitchell, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Darren Grove, Keith Zanghi and Omar Chramosta

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Arriving and ready for some great new working experiences was Jackson Kinney, our new intern.  Jackson is a Senior at Gig Harbor High School and begins interning with Team NAE as his core Senior Project.  Like other young students before him, he will be mentored in hands on work in many aspects of what it takes to build, maintain, and provide support for a unique, world class race car, the North American Eagle™. He met the traditional ribbing and insults that are heaped upon the head and shoulders of a “new guy,”with good grace.  He’ll be back for more next Saturday and in the weeks to come.  Welcome, Jackson.

             Les Holm, Don Mitchell and Darren Grove discuss the recent Capture 3D scan

With the recent digital scanning complete, and a tour of visitiors behind us, the car’s sleek and impressive appearance was reduced to its maintenance-in-progress look.  The shiny rear fairings were removed and put back in storage.  The car was raised up onto standing blocks, and the main project for this work day began.  Meanwhile, Jackson and Andrew spent time preparing and painting the heavy wood block stand for the front wheel.

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A very slow hydraulic leak has been developing and could not be traced to readily accessible lines in the hydraulic steering assembly. The decision was made to remove the nearly 500 pound steering box from the fuselage and completely disassemble and remove all the steering system components.  This involved some fairly delicate balancing of jacks when it came time to extract the box and to get it situated onto a transport cart. The newly designed hydraulic jack that is installed mid ship, made the task much easier and safer. With the use of a fork lift and heavy rated straps, the entire box was hoisted up and onto the cart and then was rolled back to the rear work area of the hangar.  

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Steve Rima spent some time running wires to the back of the vehicle for some upcoming strain gauges that will be installed.  Lars Pedersen gave him a hand and worked on some main support caps that he machined earlier in the week.  The team then spent the rest of the work day removing and disassembling the steering components from the box. Next week will see some serious cleaning and parts inspection before the system is restored.

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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 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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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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