In this update:  Preparing for a new digital scan of the Eagle; Wheels inspected; Clean up and maintenance of equipment; Planning Ahead

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After fun times on the Alvord, Team NAE surveys the aftermath and gets to work: Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Von Armstrong, Steve Rima, Chris Greene, Andrew Kirk, Jon Higley, Keith Zanghi, John Winchester, and Brandyn Bayes were at the hanger ready to work.

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Les Holm, Steve Rima, Von Armstrong and Ed Shadle supervising Chris and Andrew
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Since the initial digital scanning of the jet car, significant changes have been made; to the rear axle in particular. Getting the car ready for a new scan is a priority. The running  axle has been re-installed and the new rear fairing components were assembled and attached.  Chris and Andrew put them back on and they are ready for  more preparation prior to scanning.  The young men did that job so well that they were moved to the front of the fuselage and set to the task of removing the front wheel from the steering compartment. The crew chief cracked the whip from a sitting position with a watchful eye.   All five wheels are being inspected for wear or damage after the recent high speed runs at Alvord.

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Keith and Les removed the two mid wheels and inspection revealed some wheel bearing issues that will require some attention from Steve Green and his fine folks at Eagle Machine, Inc.  His shop is just across our northern border with Canada.

Von cleans up the David Clark Headsets

Von went through all of the David Clark communication headsets, cleaning the Alvord Desert dirt out of them and packaging them up, ready to be voice tested before their next use.  Meanwhile, Jon Higley was busy sprucing up the car’s exterior, still coated with the ever present lakebed dirt.

Steve performs a vacuum test of the pitot tube lines

Steve Rima went through the cockpit and some data acquistion items, finding a couple of things that work toward skewing data analysis, including a faulty line to the pitot tube.  These will be corrected.

John headed home to his sewing machine to do some repairs on the parachutes

John Winchester stopped by to pick up the parachutes that were deployed during our speed tests.  He takes them home to be inspected and repaired as needed.  The test runs revealed some improvements that are needed for better deployment.

Brandyn Bayes, our young computer guru, brought along his trusty laptop and gave a short presentation about changes he has made to our web pages, and some that are in the works. He is keeping Keith and Von up to speed in how we best can keep the website and all the media links up to date and current.  He also has a firm finger on all the buttons to push to track our viewer “hits” on the websites.  He has some impressive numbers, some four fold over periods prior to our most recent and very successful speed runs and subsequent media coverage.

The team spent about an hour discussing and adding to a check list of needed  tasks  to be done on our road to record setting.  Some are very time crunching, and some are further down the line.  All need to be addressed and time has a way of sneaking up on us. The more media attention that comes our way, the more requests are made that require time, energy, and expenses.  We are very grateful to our sponsors, we are truly thankful for those who are considering sponsorship, and we are determined to stay the course on our way to a new world landspeed record. 


Ed Shadle to Speak at Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Customer FORUM 

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Ed will be traveling to Las Vegas to speak at Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIECE Customer FORUM November 12-13. 2013.  Sponsored by Idex Solutions, Ed will be presenting and meeting with industry executives.  Dassault Systèmes (3DS) has entered a new phase in the evolution of how we bring value to our customers – moving beyond PLM to deliver holistic, 3D experiences to imagine sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing products, nature and life. Combining social innovation capabilities, realistic 3D Virtual experiences, and intelligent search-based technologies, 3DS is pioneering a new technological wave: a 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to serve the social enterprise. Dassault Systèmes and IDEX Solutions have been long time sponsors of the North American Eagle™

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Bernard Charlès CEO and Philippe Forestier EVP, Global Afairs and Community

The North American Eagle™ Partners with LeMAY – America’s Car Museum®

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We are happy to announce a partnership with the LeMay – America’s Car Museum. ACM spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile.  Featuring a nine-acre campus – with a four-story museum as the centerpiece – ACM, situated atop Tacoma, Wash., 30 minutes south of Seattle and in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, became one of the world’s largest auto museums and attractions when it opened in June 2012.


LeMay – America’s Car Museum – Tacoma Washington

ACM is designed to preserve history and celebrate the world’s automotive culture.  The spacious facility houses up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations, and the LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book record of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-‘90s.

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“Everybody remembers their first car, family driving vacations, a sports car they fell in love with as a teenager,” says ACM CEO David Madeira. “Personal experiences with cars are at the heart of the American experience, and we’re going to showcase more than a century of automotive lifestyle and history as well as the future of transportation.”

The Eagle will be attending auto shows all across America promoting this unique facility. 

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 for iOS 2.2 is now available!  It has a brand 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.  You can download the app by clicking on the App Store logo below.  

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