March 17, 2012

Ladies & Gentlemen,

In this week’s update: Thank you to our fundraiser supporters, rear axle relocation continues, heat shields installed, Valerie Thompson prepares for upcoming record attempt, more antenna news, and Col. Joe is in the news again.

With the season ready to change from winter to spring this week, you wouldn’t know it at the North American EagleTM hangar .Cold temperatures and heavy rain fell most of the day. This, of course, did not stop Ed Shadle, Chris Greene, Rich Pengelley, Sean Rondestvedt, Omar Chramosta, Keith Zanghi, and John Drury from spending another Saturday working on the 45,500 horsepower S&S Turbine Services, Ltd. powered Eagle. Working virtual once again this week were Jon Higley, Brandyn Bayes, and Trish Woods. Working non-virtual was Steve Green across the border in Abbotsford, B.C., as he is modifying our rear axle assembly in the precision machine shop of Eagle Machine, Inc.

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Long time sponsor, Signs By Tomorrow of Houston South has put together a fundraising campaign to help with the $50,000 in fees required by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and other expenses for this year’s speed tests and run for the record. Signs By Tomorrow of Houston South makes all those vinyl decals that grace the NAE. See the February 14th update for details. Please consider donating today and help us with our test session this early summer.

We would like to thank the following who have shown their support with our recent call to action:

Dave Green Thor Holden Tim Donahue
John Ritter Ray Buck CJ Cook
William Boelcke      
Curtis Boyer Idex Solutions
Rodger Sanford Brian Dean Larry Summers
Coreen Orten Rosco McGlashen

This Week’s Featured Sponsors:

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Rich and Sean immediately went to work removing the forward strut mounts which are going to be discarded in place of our new axle configuration. Our year long modification of our mid-wheel bay doors proved to be beneficial as Rich and Sean were able to lower the aft main landing gear doors instead of all the doors and fender liners of the mid-wheels.

Ed and Omar finished up a job that Steve Wallace worked on last week. They installed some inner aft heat shields that surround the engine and keep the paint from blistering off the the outside of the tail cone from the high temperatures generated by the afterburner. With this job completed, there is one less thing to do before the engine is re-installed.

Valerie Thompson Prepares for the Record

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Valerie will be traveling to Seattle May 5th to get some on the job training as we head off to our test facility in Shelton, WA. She’s been reviewing start-up procedures and will bring that knowledge with her as we perform numerous engine runs; including full afterburner. In preparation, we have taken delivery of an new Transaero Helmet a few sizes smaller than Ed’s.


Tropos Antenna Mast

Work progressed on our third Tropos Antenna Mast. Chris and Keith spent most of the day swagging Nicopress fittings for the four cables that support the mast. Everything is complete now, except lightning rods that need to be built. Next week they will tackle that project and Steve Wallace will be a happy man!

The antennas support our Tropos Wireless Mesh Routers. We have three complete units that will be set up every 2.5 miles along the course to transmit the data collected by PCB Piezotronics onboard data acqui-sition system.


This data is sent over a secure area broadband network to our mission control computers where it can be analyzed. Critical measurements, such as external air pressures, can later be compared to our models in our CFD analysis. If needed, those CFD Solutions can be further refined using the actuals gathered.

Col. Joe in the News

Longtime friend and mentor to the North American Eagle™ project, Col. Joe Kittenger is in the news again with a brand new video from Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos project. It is an exciting project that will break Col. Joe’s 51 year old record. Felix, who has been at one of our El Mirage test sessions in the past, is set to travel to 120,000 feet altitude later this year in a gas balloon, then free fall back to earth. You can view a test jump by Felix, which took place about a week ago in Roswell, New Mexico.


NAE and Idex Solutions Team Up at COE

Once again Team NAE will be participating in COE.  This will be the fifth COE Annual PLM Conference & TechniFair the team has attended. COE has been bringing together the users of Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions for more than twenty five years.

COE (formerly the CATIA Operators Exchange) is the only international, professional organization uniting the users of Dassault Systèmes software solutions. With thousands of users in hundreds of member companies, representing the aerospace & defense; automotive & transportation; architecture, engineering & construction; energy & process; industrial equipment; consumer goods, consumer packaged goods; shipbuilding; financial & business services; high tech electronics; and life sciences industries, there is no better support community available.

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Bernard Charlès President & CEO with Philippe Forestier EVP, Global Affairs & Communities

Joining Ed and Keith will be newly announced Co-Driver of the North American Eagle™, Valerie Thompson. Please visit all three in the Idex Solutions booth.

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The Team at Idex Solutions has been working with the North American Eagle™ engineers since 2006 and is responsible for maintaining our Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 licenses. We look forward to working with the team from Idex Solutions next month in Las Vegas.