In this update: The move is underway; Needs analyzed; Steering box removed; Heavy lifters disassembled; IT briefing and more roller coaster photos!
This Week’s Sponsors
We asked for it and it arrived; plenty of hot weather for today’s NAE team: Les Holm, Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, Jason Mitchell, Lars Pedersen, Chris Greene, Keith Zanghi, Brandyn Bayes, Omar Chramosta, Rich Pengelley, Chris Banks
Visiting today were Keith’s dad, Russ, who brought some out of state relatives to tour the hangar. Keith’s cousin Tony and wife Lynn came all the way from Connecticut to see some of our beautiful Northwest sights before heading on up to Victoria, B.C.
|Carol knows how to tease the boys!|
Marc Moore and his fiance, Carol, also stopped by. Marc is a good friend and sponsor/President of Uremet Corporation. He is working with Steve Rima on equipping and getting our communications van and system up and running before our fall runs.
We are in the midst of moving out of our hangar and into our new home in Parkland; a really monumental undertaking. Today saw a couple of runs of a trailer loaded with some of our larger and heaviest equipment. Wall lockers are also being emptied and boxed up for the move. We will busy at this for the next six weeks or so.
Les and Jason took on the task of removing the heavy front wheel steering box from the fuselage. The car needed to be raised so the box could be unbolted and lowered onto floor jacks. It took some balancing maneuvers with all hands on in order to lower the box to the floor, turn it upside down, and get to the internal workings. They were due for inspection and maintenance. Everything looked good and got some thorough cleaning and new lubrication.
Brandyn presented some information concerning our new internal communications systems and some marketing strategies that are underway. Another guest today was the publisher and editor of Top Gear magazine. The entire family had a great time seeing the Eagle in person.
Jet Blast From The Past
|56-0763 at General Electric|
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.
|Afterburner Docking Stations|
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.
|ThinkPad, ThinkStation and now ThinkServer|
Mobile App Reminder: One of our primary focuses is to provide all of you with the latest information regarding the North American Eagle. In the Summer of 2012, we introduced our mobile apps, first for Android, followed by iOS. Since then, we have constantly been making improvements to the apps, adding new features such as Classroom Pages, while still providing a great user experience. We have taken great strides to try and ensure that our apps remain compatible with older versions of mobile operating systems, however this requires quite a bit of additional work for every update that we issue. We recently decided that this year, at the end of June, we will issue our final update for Android 3.2 and lower, as well as iOS 6.1 and lower. From that point on, any new updates issued will only be for Android 4.0 and above, and iOS 7 and above. (Please note that the mobile apps will continue to work on these older software versions, we will just be stopping our support of them). Our goal in making this change is to minimize the time in which it takes us to push new updates to all of you.
North American Eagle™ on Public Display at the Grand National Roadster Show! Sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool.
|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.
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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