In this update: Engine is removed; Engine mechanics inspection; Pressure wash components; hydraulic suspension system pressurized; new podcast produced;four legged friends; and afterburner docking stations.
Today’s Featured Sponsors
Great turnout for a big job today: Les Holm, Lars Pedersen, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Keith Zanghi, Brandyn Bayes, Sean Rondestvedt, Andrew Kirk, Jason Mitchell, Corey Dawson, Dave Selby, Chris Greene, Bernard McVay, Larry Martinson, Chris Hughes, and Omar Chramosta.
Special visitor today was John Bretl from ATA Engineering. ATA Engineering is a engineering consulting company specializing in FEA and CFD services. He dropped by to have a first hand look at the eagle and to talk to Ed and Keith.
A lot of visitors this weekend including some four legged friends. A 7 week old Husky owned by Ed’s cousins was a big hit along with Bernard’s dog Grizzy, who took a liking to Jason’s daughter. Brandyn’s grandparents came by, as did Jason’s wife and daughter.
Les arrived early today and began moving things around in the hangar to make room for the engine extraction. The rear axle was raised onto jack stands and the front wheel was raised up on a block stand, using the newly installed hydraulic lift jack. It worked like a charm and eliminates having to position the big floor jack to do the job. With fuselage in a level position, the team went to work removing the tail cone and disconnecting various hydraulic and electrical lines.
The overhead crane dolly with chain hoist was moved into position and the engine cart was made ready to receive the engine once it was completely clear of the fuselage. There is less than an inch clearance all around as the engine is eased out.
With the engine on the cart, and the tail cone on its cart, the two were rolled outside of the hangar for clean up and inspection. Our jet mechanics team inspected the engine for any apparent problems. Dave Selby, Corey Dawson, Sean Rondestvedt, and Chris Hughes checked things over and from what could be seen from the outside there was nothing out of order. The planned boresight inspection has been delayed for a week or so because of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.
The Eagle’s hydraulic suspension system was pressure balanced with a new charge of nitrogen. Plans were made to modify the pressure fittings to provide a better access and to install a new pressure gauge in the fill line.
The car, much lighter with the engine removed, was muscled out of the hangar for cleanup. Keith got down and dirty with pressure washing the interior of the tail cone. Corey and crew washed down the engine.
Brandyn was busy with Lenovo computers, coming up with new schemes to improve our information technology and web page designs. He also took time out to join Ed in producing a new pod cast of the day’s activities. Our young IT director had his applications accepted by several universities. He is looking forward to the fall when he will become enrolled at the University of Washington,Seattle campus, with a major in Computer Sciences.
Jet Blast From The Past
New Lenovo Support
A new level of support from Lenovo will be 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 ThinkServer will now be hosting all the content from the website, and provide storage for our engineering and intellectual property needs.
|Afterburner Docking Stations|
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.
|ThinkPad, ThinkStation and now ThinkServer|
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.
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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Eric Wittler provides many of our website photos. Visit him at ChasingClouds.net. Here he is with his Lenovo Laptop