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

Office 310-331-6190


Doug Fisher

Office 619-498-7374