In this update:  New radio equipment; Current projects advanced; Young team members shine in US FIRST Robotics!

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This day’s team members on hand: Les Holm, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Steve Rima, Sean Rondestvedt, Jason Mitchell, Keith Zanghi

A drenching rainfall this morning gave pause to the team as they turned thoughts to those emergency responders and volunteers at the Oso, Washington landslide disaster.  They are braving the elements and treacherous conditions to continue the search for victims.  Team NAE extends heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the victims, their families and friends, and all who are affected by this tragedy.

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Good friend and sponsor, Mark Moore, from Uremet Corporation, continues to assist the project by providing badly needed communications equipment.  Steve Rima brought in two new portable radio transceivers that Mark had sent to him, along with some connection lines.  They will be used as part of a communication repeater system between antenna towers.  The immense flat terrain of desert lakebeds make good communications very challenging.  The Alvord desert runs proved that tall towers and a repeater system is critical.

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Work progresses on the rear axle fairings that are being modified to fit with the changes made to the axle.  Sean and Jason spent the day on that.  Upper management, being an owner and a crew chief, talked things over with coffee in hand.  Actually, Ed and Les were busy as well.  The parachute cannisters are still getting attention from Ed; and Les continues work on fuselage panels.

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Missing today were Andrew Kirk and Brandyn Bayes.  Yesterday and today saw their team, Π Rho Techs, at the local US FIRST Robotics Competition event.  They took third place out of 36, while holding first place for a number of matches.

 For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology is an international and national program.  It is designed to  get  young students involved in competitions that encourage and demonstrate their abilities to apply their talents in the areas of science and technology.  The Auburn high school gymnasium was the host to 36 robotic teams from across the state of Washington, competing for the regional championship. Each team designed, constructed, and brought their robot to the contest.  This year’s challenge was for the robot to kick a ball through an elevated goal.

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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