Southwest Regional Conference- March 8-10, 2018


The Los Angeles SAWE Chapter is happy to cordially invite you to join us for the Southwest Regional Conference on March 8-10, 2018 at Temecula Creek Inn. The venue is a beautiful golf resort with nearby wineries, casinos, old town attractions, hot air ballooning, restaurants, shopping, and other local attractions.

  • Meet members from your regional chapters
  • Attend technical presentations
  • Build technical skills through onsite training courses
  • See exhibits from mass properties vendors
  • Experience local attractions in beautiful wine country
  • Visit the hospitality suite


Special conference hotel rates for Thursday 3/8 to Saturday 3/10 night room are $139/night + 12.45% room tax.

Temecula Creek Inn
44501 Rainbow Canyon Rd, Temecula, CA 92592

Please use this link to make your hotel reservations, which includes special conference pricing and a fee waiver. You must book your reservation before the deadline on February 16, 2018.

Click here for their brochure.


Regular Registration- $60
Retirees- $30

Registration cost includes Friday’s technical presentations, exhibitor information, coffee breaks, and a luncheon.


Click here to access the RegOnline registration portal.

Registration is due by March 1, 2018.


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To sign-up for a training course, use the same registration portal here.

The following training courses will be offered :

  • Fri, March 9th – Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS)

Cost: $500
Instructor: Harold Smoot

Description: This one-day class will present the features of the Automated Weight and Balance System in a handson software training class. The class will include explanations of the charts and forms (Chart A, Form B, Chart C, and Form F) explained in RP7 to maintain good operational weight and balance of military aircraft. The basic approach of the class is to give computer demonstrations followed by student exercises that provide the students with a good understanding of AWBS Version 10.0 features and capabilities. The instructor will also address students’ specific AWBS questions.
*All students are required to bring their own laptop computer running Microsoft Windows with AWBS 10.0 installed. If you are a US citizen, and you do not have access to the software, this package can be provided upon request.

  • Sat, March 10th – Designing the Aircraft of the Future (New Course)

Cost: $150
Instructor: Andy Walker

Description: This one day class provides a high-level overview of the fundamental principles of weight engineering in new Aircraft Design as described in the SAWE Aircraft Weight Engineering Textbook. Course Topics include: Requirements Development, Aircraft Performance, Conceptual Aircraft Design Weight Estimates & Optimization, Preliminary Design Studies, Detail Design and Database Management. The class will use the issues that occur with future trainer aircraft as an example of applied Weight Engineering. Students attending the class will receive a copy of the Aircraft Weight Engineering Textbook.

  • Sat, March 10th – Materials and Mass Properties (New Course)

Cost: $150
Instructor: Victor Hillyard

Description: The initial section of the course is to explain the development of thermoplastic materials from the early materials, which are now classed as commodity/ packaging products in the Aerospace Industry, to the present day high performance materials, which are now being utilized in Aerospace designs as replacements for traditional metallic components. Details of the properties of these High Performance materials will be discussed, together with examples of actual applications. Utilizing the properties of Thermoplastics, comparing and contrasting with metallic materials, and the process of replacing traditional materials will be briefly discussed, at this juncture. The latter section of the course will cover new and developing non metallic materials, which will operate at more extreme conditions and have begun to replace traditional metallic systems in new aircraft design. Working examples will be on view, for discussion and examination.

  • Sat, March 10th – ShipWeight Session

Cost: FREE
Instructor: Bruce Hays

Description: This half-day session will begin with an overview of ShipWeight, demonstrating the use of a database application for mass properties engineering. Attendees will learn how the software can be customized for their industry, including creating their own work breakdown structure, user-defined data fields, and finally custom reports, ranging from simple tabular formats to sophisticated trend and graphical reports. Other areas of focus will include early stage parametric estimation, importing data from other sources, tracking and monitoring mass properties, and preparing custom historical databases for use in estimation of future projects. The session is intended to be interactive, with questions and discussion from the group.


Hospitality Suite will be open Thursday through Saturday evenings, offering refreshments in an informal atmosphere.


Thank you to our generous exhibitors and sponsors. Come check out their booths during the coffee breaks!


This conference is hosted by the Los Angeles, Mojave Desert, and San Diego Chapters.

Interested in presenting a technical paper? Being an Exhibitor? Helping out with the conference? Please contact a conference co-chair.


Conference Co-Chairs:

John Hargrave


Doug Fisher





Special Invite: San Diego Chapter Meeting Wednesday, 10-18-2017


WHEN:        October 18, 2017
WHERE:      Mainstream Bar and Grill, Poway (see below)
TIME:          5:30pm


  • Introduction of International President, Bill Boze
  • Introduction of members in attendance (by each individual)
  • Highlights from tour at San Diego Air and Space Museum-thank you to all who shared their photos(will be shared on our chapter website with permission)
  • Jerry Fleck discusses proposed chapter projects-Executive chapter meeting discussed Monday October 10/9.
  • Steven Thomas status of San Diego chapter SAWE website
  • Call for Papers for SAWE International Conferences Dallas, TX
  • Nov/December meeting-Party?? Informal to get to know our members

Guest Speaker

Bill Boze’s Presentation discussing values and industry opportunities for us in the Mass Property field

Mainstream Bar & Grill

Address: 13385 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Phone: (858) 486-6246
Cuisine: American

Terri Husley-Crawford  
619-544-8888 x 2610                                        
terri.husley-crawford@nassco .com




L.A. Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, 11-28-2017


    • Stay tuned for our annual holiday event in December
    • LA Chapter is hosting the Southwest Regional Conference in Temecula, March 8-10
    • Mojave Desert and San Diego Chapters will also be co-hosting


  1. Discussed current conference details.  Venue, contract, etc
  2. Discussed conference event agenda, etc. in general
  3. Discussed publicity – we need to put out public announcements
  4. Assigning some follow up event details, such a meals, and menu’s  (make a committee for this)
  5. Update plan for training and include date for final decision of what to offer – we’ll need to get this into updated announcement
  6. Discussed technical presentations – select committee, etc
  7. Discussed vendor coordinator and get that solicitation into action
  8. Open discussion

L.A. Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, 9-12-2017

Blog post on meeting:

September Meeting Flyer

TIME: 5:30 PM – Social Mixer
6:00 PM – Dinner Meeting

COST: $10 for members, $15 for guests

LOCATION: Northrop Grumman – Aerospace Systems, S-Cafe
1 Space Park, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 (Enter from Marine Ave between Aviation and Redondo Beach Blvd)

DESCRIPTION: The arrival of new companies such as SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Blue Origin created a new buzz in the aerospace industry.  These companies have decided to deviate from the classical aerospace philosophies that have been in use for decades and innovate their way into a competitive position.  Some companies like SpaceX have even taken the lead.  This briefing exposes a potential future for the aerospace industry based on current knowledge and facts. Dinner is included with Vegetable Chop Suey, Chicken Low Mein, and cold beverages.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Jeffry Padin is a Senior Engineering Specialist with Aerospace Corporation currently working as a member of NASA’s Space Mission Assurance Team for the Dragon 2 manned spacecraft since May of 2016.  Dr. Padin is currently resident at SpaceX observing and reporting to NASA all manufacturing and integration activities related to the Dragon 2 spacecraft.

 Non-members and guests are welcome to attend. Feel free to invite your fellow co-workers and friends.

Please RSVP by email to Yi-Ling Tam at by noon Monday, 9/11/17.