In This Update: Parachute packing; Fine machine work; Data Acquisition; Trailer mainenance

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Work ethic was running rampant this morning as team members met at our Parkland shop;  Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Lars Pedersen, Steve Wallace, Jackson Kinney, Steve Rima, Von Armstrong, Andrew Kirk, Keith Zanghi, Jason Mitchell,  Chris Greene and Rich Pengelley

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Jackson invited his dad, Mike, to come and see for himself what was taking up his Saturday times as a North American Eagle intern.  Mike had a tour of the car and some face time with Ed and Les.

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 Today saw the two Steves at work, transferring and setting up new data on the Lenovo Thinkpad that will be mounted aboard our big red jet car, gathering real time information during runs.  High tech, indeed.  Another guest today was Russ Zanghi.  He drops by on occasion to check on son Keith…and to have a hot dog.  He likes his dogs burnt black.  No problem. That happens even without a special order at times.

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Les and Rich re-installed the ejection seat panel.  The panel makes it a lot easier to access the tight cockpit.  Additional adjustments were made to our hydro-pnuematic suspension system.

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Lars continues to do some great machine work.  Name it and he will do it in his home work shop and bring it in.  Today he finished up replacing an old turn handle on our ancient but reliable drill press.  The new one is a thing of beauty.  

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Lars also swapped out and installed new O rings in a  hydraulic valve for the overhead traveling carriage in the semi trailer.   A lot of hands turned to in tracing down a malfunction in that system, including Ed, Chris, Jason and Lars.

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Chris, Andrew and Jason did some more modifications to the parachute packer.  The new process makes it easier to pack the chutes much tighter into the deployment bag.

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 A new level of support from Lenovo is 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 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.  

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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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