Standards and Practices

71st Annual Conference on Mass Properties Engineering
The Monarch
Bad Goegging and Manching
Bavaria, Germany
May 5 - 10, 2012


Alan Titcomb
Standards and Practices Committee Chairman
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding

The objective of the SAWE’s Standards and Practices Committee, or SPC, is to serve the mass properties profession by providing a non-proprietary, consensus forum for the development of industry products that respond to the needs of our members and their customers. Much of this work centers on Recommended Practices, or RPs, of many types including requirements, best practices, product and process standards. SPC activities are not limited to RPs alone. Just about any activity that serves the society membership in a given industry sector is acceptable. Past examples have included textbooks, handbooks, and industry surveys. An unofficial objective of the SPC is to foster the development of products that make our professional activities more efficient, more consistent, and more valuable for the professionals of today and tomorrow as well as clearer and more understandable to our customers. 

Planned SPC Events

The SPC is such an important activity that the SAWE dedicates an entire day to it. That day will feature the following highlights:

Opening Session– A kickoff to the day’s activities at which the year’s progress will be reviewed, our progress towards becoming an official ANSI-recognized Standards Developing Organization will be presented, and future objectives will be discussed. Specifically, we are planning to show the audience the European Standards, with their responsible Organizations, that are used in the different Countries and Companies for mass property analysis. 

SPC Luncheon– For this popular event we are in contact with a speaker from the German Government Site. The name of the person and the title of the presentation is still in negotiation. 

SPC Breakout Sessions– During these meetings chaired by industry and government leaders, industry needs and opportunities are reviewed, the year’s activities are presented, and future activities are planned. Present standards are reviewed for currency and new standards are formulated. Specific industry breakout sessions include: Marine, Military Aircraft, Offshore Marine Systems, Missiles and Space Systems, Airline Affairs, and Ground Systems. 

n these sessions, sample topics of discussion include:

  • Further development of the CATIA V6 Weight Tool with Dassault Systems, France
  • How to measure the inertia properties of road and off-road vehicles and their sub-system (Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and Space Electronics)
  • Presentation of The Luftfahrttechnisches Handbuch (LTH) - an Aeronautical Engineering Handbook, covering Mass Property Analysis (Dr. Stephan Scheidler, IABG)
The SPC welcomes all members and visitors to participate and improve the mass properties profession as it relates to your specific industry. We always welcome new ideas, new participants, and new contributions. Help us improve our profession by participating in SAWE SPC activities. 

Standards and Practices Luncheon

Chris Worning

Mr. Chris Worning
Typhoon Flight Test Pilot

Mr. Worning will speak about the “Highlights of the Eurofighter Typhoon Flight Test Program.”

Mr. Worning was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, 9 August1957. He joined the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) in November 1976 for basic training and pilot screening. In August 1977 he began Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB, Oklahoma, USA and graduated in August 1978. Following the Fighter-Lead-In Course at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, USA, he returned to Denmark for Basic Officer’s training and joined the 730th Fighter Bomber Squadron at Skrydstrup AFB flying the F-100D in March 1979. In October 1981, Mr. Worning attended the Danish Air Force Academy and returned to Skrydstrup in June 1984 for conversion to the F-16A/B. He served in the 727th All Weather Fighter/Attack Squadron and completed the F-16 Fighter Weapons Instructor training (FWIT) in the fall of 1986.
During 1987, Mr. Worning attended the Empire Test Pilot’s School at Boscombe Down, England, and, following graduation, he was assigned to the Tactical Air Command, Denmark (TACDEN), where he was responsible for all fixed wing test activities and was F-16 Project Pilot for the RDAF. He completed various certification programs on the F-16, the F-35 Saab Draken, and the Gulfstream III. He also participated in the definition phase of the multinational Mid-Life Update program for the F-16A/B.

Mr. Worning left the RDAF in March 1991 to join Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, as a test pilot. While at Dornier, he flew the Do228 and the Canadair Challenger and participated in the entire test program for the Do328 regional airliner. In December 1995, he returned to military flying when he joined the flight test department Cassidian Air Systems in Manching. Since July 1998, he has served as Cassidian’s Eurofighter Project Pilot in Germany.
Mr. Worning currently flies the Eurofighter, the Tornado, the Cessna Citation II, and the Cessna Citation Jet.
Mr. Worning has flown more than 5800 hours in 46 different aircraft types and has been pilot in command of 18 different jets and turboprops in addition to a number of light aeroplanes.

Mr. Worning is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).