In This Update:  Out of the box; Configuring for digital scanning; Tracing a problem; New winch rope; Planning for new working space

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 Waiting for summer to really get here on this Saturday workday: Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Von Armstrong, Brandyn Bayes, Chris Banks , Lars Pedersen, Blake Sanders, Jon Higley, Chris Hughes, Omar Chramosta,  Chris (One wing) Greene and Keith Zanghi


After some big afterburner times last weekend at Sanderson Field in Shelton, the Eagle was unloaded during midweek; back out of the box and into the hangar.  First on the to do list was raising it back up on blocks and swapping the load axle for the business axle; the wide one with the big aluminum wheels that run on the lake beds and go very fast.  With the running axle in place, all of the fairing components were reinstalled to make ready for more digital scanning of the axle and fairings.  Brandyn and Blake were consulting with Don Mitchell and trying out a new and much smaller digital scanner to see if it can capture sufficient data to incorporate into our existing aerodynamic data.

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 During the afterburner testing, we encountered a problem with the onboard generatror not properly developing startup power to the engine.  Today, Ed unfolded the detailed system schematic sheet and taped it to the fuselage for ready eye level reference. He traced electrical wiring and tested ciruitry, finding no apparent problem.  The drama will continue…..stay tuned.

 Today we replaced the existing steel winch cable with new high tech synthetic fiber rope.  Puget Sound Rope from Anacortes, Wa. provided Team NAE with the rope that is widely used in heavy industries; noted for being safer, lighter, and spools up much flatter for winch applications.  Our HARM winch took it in nicely and will be ready to use during the next load/unload operation of our 6 ton jet car.

After more than 10 years in the Shady Acres Spanaway hangar, our lease ended. The project will soon be moving to a new space in Parkland.  Ed, Les and Keith spent some time today laying out some rough plans for the move and how we will fit into our new environment.  And, as always, we’re looking down the timeline for our fall speed runs.    

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  New Lenovo Support

 A new level of support from Lenovo will be 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 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.

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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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