In this update:  Steering box maintenance; Sensors and Lines; Parachute Packing; Panel Door Revision

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Reporting in for this Saturday work party:  Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, Steve Rima, Andrew Kirk, Lars Pedersen, Jason Mitchell, Keith Zanghi, Steve Wallace, Chris Greene, Omar Chramosta


This is the time of the year for interns.  Team NAE welcomed our newest high school senior to take on their Senior project.  Bethel High School’s Britney Freer, her dad, Michael and mom Sunny, experienced a Keith led tour of the hangar and background on the project.  Then Britney went right to work, first finishing up the painting of the front wheel jack block.  Then ended her first work day by polishing up the front wheel.

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Andrew and Jason spent the day cleaning up the components for the front wheel steering system.  Jason braved the rain by pressure washing the steering box.  Andrew took over the task of cleaning up the individual parts.  Some new machining is necessary for the hydraulic actuator block.  It will be sent up north to Eagle Machine, Inc. in Abbotsford, BC.  Master machinist Steve Green will be doing that precision work.

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The other two Steves on the team, Wallace and Rima, worked on the data acquisition system.  Steve R. extended electrical wiring from the instrumentation compartment back to the rear of the fuselage.  Steve W. installed new sensors that will measure weight distribution and down forces present during speed runs.

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Jason and Ed were busy fashioning  new fasteners for a fuselage panel door.  Chris and Jason set up a table and packed up a parachute.  The fairing covers for the parachute canisters were also removed.

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Lars has been doing some fine machine work lately, much of it from his home workshop.  After machining a set of jack points for the rear axle a couple of weeks ago, he has turned out a set of jack point caps and some added spares.  He also made a gasket cutter that works to perfection. 

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Brittney Freer polished the front wheels.  In no time the buffer turned the wheel into a mirror.  During the lunch break, Ed briefed the team on progress and planning issues involved in preparing for this year’s speed runs on the lakebed.

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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.  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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