In this update:  Fuselage belly panels; Hydraulic jacking system; Parachute deployment system; Data acquisition sensors; and US FIRST Robotics!

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Team NAE crew members on hand today: Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Keith Zanghi, Scott Robertson, Don and Jason Mitchell, Bernard McVay, Steve Wallace

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Two of our youngest team members have been noticeably absent from the hangar for the last month.  Brandyn Bayes and Andrew Kirk have been busy working after school and on weekends, putting together a robot to compete in the US FIRST Robotics Competition.  Team 2927 from Graham-Kowposin High School finished in the top 10 for their region, and led their own alliance to the semi-finals!  The students use  National Instruments CompactRIO Hardware and LabVIEW Software to do the programming.  Brandyn is the captain of the team and Andrew is one of the fabricators.  The skills that they learn in US FIRST Robotics can be applied in their future careers.  Congratulations Brandyn and Andrew.  In four weeks, they will be competing again.  Click on the video above to see the robot in action!

 

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 Special guests today were friends of Jason Mitchell.   Dan and son Cory got a tour and a chance to sit in the pilot’s seat.  Both had a great time learning about the project and seeing the car in person.

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While sitting in the car Jason started yelling out “Yaba daba do”  and “get in the car barney”   Cousin Les and father Don thought the young man had finally tipped over.  With the bottom panel removed, Jason’s feet hung below the car and he simply could not resist the temptation!  So the new name of the car will be the Flintstone Jet Car!  Tee shirts are being made now.

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Recent modifications to our Eagle requires some reworking and maintenace to some of the access panels in the fuselage.  They must securely cover the openings, fit to exact tolerances, and provide a seamless airflow over the panels during high speed runs.  Les and Don and Ed were at work today on these tasks.

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Scott Robertson continued work on the lines for the newly installed hydraulic jacking system. This will be a major improvement for getting the car’s nose wheel on and off the mobilizer when the car is being towed back to the starting point after making a run.  Every minute counts in order to meet the required one hour turnaround time between runs.  A push of the button is far better than hauling heavy ground jacks into position during this process.

Keith worked down under, welding the skid assembly into place in the mid wheel compartment.  The support skids are height adjustable and can be removed when reinstalling the two mid wheels.

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Ed started the panel removing process and then retreated back to the tail feather area to work on the parachute cannisters.  We have experienced some problems in past runs when the chute deployment didn’t work properly.  Ed is redesigning the release mechanism that opens the cannister lids, allowing for a smooth and critical proper deployment.

Steve Wallace was at work on a complete do over of the air sensor data lines.  A newer set of sensors required new connections and circuitry for both the air data  lines through the pitot tube and other air  sensors along the fuselage.

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Bernard drove down from North of Seattle today to take a look at some of the recent changes in progress.  He also loaded his pickup with our rail ladder for top of the fuselage work, and another work stand.  He will be dropping them off at Powder Coatings Inc where they will get a nice new paint job.

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We are sad to say that long time friend to many of the North American Eagle™ Team, Ray The Rat (Ray Buck), passed away last week.  In the Feb 22, 2014 update, you read about  highlights of Ed and Keith’s experiences at the NW Bonneville Racers Banquent in Portland.  Little did we know that less than five days later Ray would be gone.  In the photo above, you can see Ray in the white shirt doing what he does best…setting up the next photo shot.  He was responsible for putting together the portrait of the 200 MPH club members. Keith snuck in and took a shot of his work.  Ray was a kind and gentle man and friend to thousands of Bonneville Racers.  He was an accomplished photographer and a lot of his work can be found on the Target550.com website.  At the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona last month, we ran into Ray every day.  He will be missed.

 North American Eagle™ on Public Display at the Grand National Roadster Show!  Sponsored by AERIAL Machine and Tool.

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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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