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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Another cold and rainy day did not deter a good number of team members and guests from coming to our Spanaway, WA hangar for further work on the North American Eagle™:  Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, Jon Higley, Tom Tiede, Keith Zanghi, Sean Rondestvedt, Omar Chramosta, Chris Greene, Steve Wallace, Rob Martinson, Larry Martinson, Dustin Martinson, Levi Swett and family, Austin and Brent Waage.

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A friend of the NAE team, Jim Burke, was a special visitor today, bringing along a group of young people to take the tour.  Pictured Left to Right:  Nikki Burrell, Cameron Burrell, Ben McKenna, Haley McKenna.

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Today the main work focused on completing refinements and adjustments to the steering control system.  As is true in many cases, access was problematic and required removing the canard assembly from the front cockpit bulkhead in order to reach and modify the steering linkages. The changes will  improve the way the stick responds and controls steering.  After Sean, Von and Tom completed that work, Steve Wallace then had to improvise some needed changes to the data acquisition instrumentation related to monitoring steering responses.

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Chris Greene has been a loyal and hard working young intern and points to his newly applied name on the Eagle today as a full fledged NAE™ Team member.  Chris and friends Brent and Austin Waage did some work on the mounting strips that will hold the dust and debris collection curtains attached along both sides of the front lower fuselage.  They are designed to minimize dust intrusion kicked up by the front wheel and also serve to lessen the chance of a FOD (foreign object debris) being ingested into the air intakes.

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As a follow up to the reinstallation of the front wheel steering assembly box, the hydraulic fluid lines were air bled and the system was re-pressurized and balanced between nitrogen and fluid cylinder pressures.

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Other tasks today saw Keith and Jon at the Lenovo ThinkPad W900 working on some computer programming changes and Ed tweaking up the parachute release mechanism.

 

We are happy to announce that long time friend and technical consultant to the North American Eagle™ Col. Joe Kittinger (USAF Ret) will be the keynote speaker at the Washington Aviation Association February 26, 2011, at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

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Ed, Keith and Steve Wallace will be traveling to Orlando, FL in early April to give a presentation at COE 2011 Annual PLM Conference and TechniFair. The three will be keynote speakers.

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