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Welcome to our SAWE Training Curriculum.

The SAWE is proud to have developed a number of Specialized Training Courses over the years.

These courses, developed and delivered by specialists in the field of Mass Properties, provide an insight into some of the main areas which our discipline encounters.

Courses are available in a variety of methods including in-person (which can be delivered at conferences or on-site), virtually and in a pre-recorded format.

We trust that you will find a course in the area in which you desire to improve your knowledge, however, if there's another topic or area which you would like to see covered, please click on the link below, complete the online form and we'll be more than happy to get in contact with you to see how we can meet your requirements.

Use the buttons below to navigate through our list of courses.  We are continuously developing and adding new courses, so check back often to see what's new!

MPE 101 Video Series

This series of bite-sized videos is ideal for use as both a training aid and as an informational overview of Mass Properties.

Courses are typically no longer than 30 minutes in duration.

Session 1 is free, and available now. Subsequent Sessions are currently in development and will be available as soon as possible.  The sessions are as follows:

  • Session 1: Introduction to Mass Properties Engineering (Available Now)
  • Session 2: Mass Properties Fundamentals (In Development)
  • Session 3: The Ethics of Mass Properties (In Development)
  • Session 4: TBA
  • Session 5: TBA

Click on the buttons to the right to access the video sessions.  Click below if you have questions or comments.

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Aircraft Weight and Balance

This two-day course assumes a basic knowledge of weight and balance. The class will demonstrate and teach proper procedures for weighing and completing forms for military aircraft. The intent of this class is to provide the student with an understanding of the weight and balance system within the United States Armed Services and ‚Äúpitfalls‚ÄĚ involved in weighing aircraft.

Students should bring basic calculators, paper, and pens/pencils for use in examples and exercises. Students should also dress appropriately for the trip to the aircraft hangar. Wear rubber-soled, closed-toed shoes.

All training class attendees will receive a course completion certificate with associated Professional Development Hours (PDH) in order to assist them in satisfying any professional development requirements they must meet.

Errol Oguzhan

Instructor: Errol Oguzhan

SAWE Honorary Fellow

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Errol Oguzhan has a 38 year career primarily in the Aerospace Defense industry. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a ME in Civil Environmental Engineering, as well as a Texas Professional Engineering License in Environmental. Over his career in Mass Properties he has held positions from Advanced and Preliminary Design through Flight Test, Production, Development, and Sustainment. He has weighed over 100 aircraft and supported the US military as well as numerous International militaries. He has been a long standing SAWE member for 38 years and held all local offices in the Texas Chapter, Conference Chairman for three International Conferences and two Training Conferences, and International SAWE Senior VP and VP Training. He is recognized as a subject matter expert in mass properties and is an SAWE Honorary Fellow and Lockheed Martin Associate Fellow. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, travel, cooking, and all things wine. He is a proud member of the Exempt Fireman’s Association of Garden City, NY.

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Automated Weight & Balance System (AWBS v11.2)

AWBS

During the class your instructor will present the features of the New Automated Weight and Balance System Version 11.2 in a hands-on software training class. The class will include explanations of the charts and forms (Chart A, Form B, Chart C, and Form F) required in RP7 to perform proper operational weight and balance of military aircraft. During this class the instructor will demonstrate key features of the software followed by student exercises that will enhance their understanding of AWBS Version 11.2 proper usage and capabilities. The instructor will also address students’ specific AWBS questions. Each student is required to have AWBS 11.2 training version pre-installed on their machine prior to the course.

Students are required to schedule a 30 minute set up session with the instructor prior to the class.  This session is to install AWBS v11 on the student’s computer.

The basic approach of the course is to give computer demonstrations followed by student exercises that will provide the students with a good understanding.

Instruction will focus on Chart A, Form B, Chart C, and Form F generation, maintenance, and usage.

The instructor will also allow time to address specific AWBS needs and questions of the students. Both new and experienced AWBS users will benefit from the demonstrations, exercises, and discussions in this software training.

SAWE does not provide AWBS software, a license can be obtained by visiting the AWBS website at https://awbs.hill.af.mil or contact the AWBS help desk at AWBS.Software@lmco.com .

Harold Smoot

Instructor: Harold Smoot

SAWE Honorary Fellow

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

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Developing Basic Parametric Methods

Developing Basic Parametric Methods

Have you ever been asked to predict the future? With a little information, you can explore the solution-space around the problems you encounter on the job as a Mass Properties engineer. The course will cover:

  • Parametric estimation and rapid aircraft mass properties.
  • Feasibility studies on detail design projects.
  • Conceptual trade studies based on very limited information.
  • Quantify predictive and descriptive uncertainty around your predictions.
  • Calculate the benefits of next-generation technologies.

Agenda items will include basic statistical terminology, statistical correlation processes, parametric estimation pitfalls, and a parametric fighter aircraft wing weight correlation example.

Andy Walker

Instructor: Andy Walker

SAWE Member

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.

Andy Walker is currently Functional Manager for Mass Properties at the Combat Air Division for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. He gained his BS Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from Texas Christian University and his MS Aerospace Engineering in 2009 from The University of Texas at Arlington.

He has extensive experience in all areas of Mass Properties from conceptual design, through detail design and into operational support (cradle to grave.)

A further recognition of his knowledge and the esteem in which he is held is in his selection to update the Mass Properties portion of the AIAA textbook on the Fundamentals of Aircraft Design originally published by Leland Nicolai.

He has been an active SAWE member for a number of years and has held various offices at Local Chapter level. He has authored papers, chaired virtual forums and in 2016 was responsible for the development of, and is instructor on, the Parametric Mass Properties Course, as well as his instructor role on the Designing the Aircraft of the Future course since 2018. He was the recipient of the  2016 SAWE, Mike Hackney Best Paper Award and was awarded the SAWE Ed Payne Young Engineer Award in 2017.

 

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Designing the Aircraft of the Future

Designing the Aircraft of the Future

This two-day class presents the 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, Weight Trades, Engine Selection, Vendor Weight Selection, Establishing Target Weights, Operational Weight, 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.

Andy Walker

Instructor: Andy Walker

SAWE Member

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.

Andy Walker is currently Functional Manager for Mass Properties at the Combat Air Division for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. He gained his BS Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from Texas Christian University and his MS Aerospace Engineering in 2009 from The University of Texas at Arlington.

He has extensive experience in all areas of Mass Properties from conceptual design, through detail design and into operational support (cradle to grave.)

A further recognition of his knowledge and the esteem in which he is held is in his selection to update the Mass Properties portion of the AIAA textbook on the Fundamentals of Aircraft Design originally published by Leland Nicolai.

He has been an active SAWE member for a number of years and has held various offices at Local Chapter level. He has authored papers, chaired virtual forums and in 2016 was responsible for the development of, and is instructor on, the Parametric Mass Properties Course, as well as his instructor role on the Designing the Aircraft of the Future course since 2018. He was the recipient of the  2016 SAWE, Mike Hackney Best Paper Award and was awarded the SAWE Ed Payne Young Engineer Award in 2017.

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Vendor Weight Control

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This one-day class discusses the various items included in RP100 Vendor Weight Control for the Aircraft Industry as well as RP 15/M-4 Vendor Weight Control for the Marine Industry.  Although some of the acronyms and definitions may vary, these two RPs share many common requirements regarding the data requested from vendors.  The course covers the major sections of the two RPs and provides examples of the sort of data that are required of vendors based on these sections.  The instructor presentation will be followed by in-class discussion enabling students to ask specific questions that may address problems or clarification of requirements.

Topics that will be covered are:  Introduction and Purpose, Equipment and Supply Chain, Weight Control, Mass Properties Requirements, Weight Reduction Programs, Actual Weighing and Verification, and Weight Reporting.  Other topics may be discussed as time permits.

The goal of this course is to introduce you to vendor weight control, detail the different phases and types of deliverables you may be required to produce, and provide guidance on how to achieve these requirements.

Whidy Kiskunas

Instructor: Whidy Kiskunas

SAWE Fellow

Collins Aerospace

Vidas (Whidy) Kiskunas graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in the study of Aerospace Engineering Technology, Toronto in 1979. In May 1979 he joined McDonnell Douglas Canada Ltd. as a junior in the weights engineering department. During his time there he worked on many major sub-components for the DC9, MD80, DC10, MD11 and CF-18. In August of 1990 he moved to de Havilland Aircraft (later part of Bombardier) here he worked on the Dash 8 Series 400, Learjet Model 45 wing and the Bombardier Global Express programs. In 2001 moved  to Menasco (now part of Collins) where he is to this day working on landing gear for a range of programs. These include the A380, A350, Dash 8 400, CRJ, Gulfstream business jets and a variety of military landing gear programs.

He is an SAWE Fellow, has his EMPE accreditation and has been an active member of the SAWE since 1984.

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Structural Weight Optimization for Mass Properties Engineers

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This one-day class will enable Mass Properties Engineers to identify and realize weight reduction opportunities through application of finite element analysis based structural optimization. The course will cover the topics key to successful application of structural optimization which include:

  • fundamentals of finite element analysis,
  • fundamentals of structural optimization,
  • identification of optimization opportunities,
  • formulation of structural optimization problem,
  • design interpretation,
  • design validation,
  • practical engineering aspects of structural optimization.

Classroom instructions on these topics will be consolidated using hands-on exercises.

Instructor: Raj Bishnoi

Altair (SAWE Corporate Partner)

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Marine Vehicle Weight Estimating Methodology

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This class is split between the fundamentals of Marine Vehicle weight control and Marine Vehicle weight estimating.  While the requirement processes and methods describe current practice for Naval Surface Ships, the technology can be applied to any project. The class will be split between into two portions: One on Weight Control and the other on Weight Estimating.

The Weight Control portion will progress from an in-depth review of the fundamentals of Weight Control, through how to identify weight margins for Naval Surface Ships, ending with a presentation on Submarine weight control and stability. The processes covered in the class include how and when weight estimates are prepared; how design and building weight margins are established; and how to track weight trends. The class will describe the appropriate weight control for the life cycle of the ship from early stage design through deactivation for ships under NAVSEA cognizance.

The Weight Estimating portion will review the weight estimating methods described in SAWE Recommended Practice 14 "Marine Weight Estimating & Margin Policy Guideline". The class will cover the theory, and application of these methods on specific examples and for whole ship design. The appropriateness of each method for each stage of ship design, construction and operation will be discussed. The students will develop practical examples of method usage in class. Classroom materials and exercises will be provided.

Students should have reviewed Chapter 24 in the Weight Engineers Handbook, and SAWE RP 14 found on the SAWE web site.

Instructor: Davy Hansch

SAWE Fellow

Huntington Ingalls Industries

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Advanced Mass Properties Measurement

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The class provides training in the measurement of center of gravity, moment of inertia and product of inertia, with emphasis on the various measurement methods used in industry.

The class begins with a review of the definitions and continues with the principles of mass properties measurement.

Students will learn about the relationship between MOI and POI and receive instruction on the MOI method to determine POI.

Topics include:

  • Discussion of balancing applications
  • Sources of measurement error and uncertainty
  • Fixturing best-practices

Instructor: Bob Cipolli

Raptor Scientific (SAWE Corporate Partner)

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Mass Properties Control and RP7

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The class will familiarize students with effective control of the weight and other mass properties of an aircraft. The class will also expose students to other considerations associated with mass properties management and control described in SAWE RP-07.

The primary objective will be to acquaint participants with the major considerations for successful weight control during the development phases of a program, to include: concept exploration, demonstration, validation, and full-scale development.

These major elements incorporate planning, organizing, staffing, subcontractor control, requirements allocation, risk reduction, data collection, analysis, tracking, controlling, weight reduction programs, validation, verification, and test support.

Instructor: Paul Kachurak

SAWE Member

Naval sea Systems Command

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Aircraft Weight Estimating and RP8

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The objectives of this course are to provide an overview of weight estimating methods and the weight estimating process for aircraft and to provide insight into the weight and balance reporting formats and requirements of SAWE Recommended Practice 8.

Included will be descriptions of the many types of aircraft estimating methods, together with their applicability and limitations. Many other weight estimating considerations also will be addressed, including impacts of new technologies, estimating prototypes and derivatives, sources of weight data and estimating methods, and dealing with estimating uncertainty. Estimating aircraft center of gravity location and moments of inertia will be briefly discussed.

The portion of the course devoted to RP-08 will address the three major parts contained therein. The basic RP-08 concept of allocation by function will be explained, and the important RP-08 allocation instructions will be covered. The requirements for structural increments and design information also will be addressed, along with why inclusion of those data is so important to weight estimating and weight control.

Instructor: Paul Kachurak

SAWE Member

Naval Sea Systems Command

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Introduction to Marine Weight Engineering for Non-Naval Architects

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The objective of this class is to provide an overview of the fundamentals of naval architecture principles and standard practices, and provide a basic understanding of the weight engineering processes relative to the marine vehicles in a marine environment with the effects of buoyancy, wind, and sea conditions. The course highlights the differences in mass properties in the Marine Industry versus the Allied Industries, as well as discusses actual examples of practical impacts of weight engineering in the Marine Industry. The course includes practical examples and class exercises.

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Aircraft Fuel System Calibration

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This four-hour class outlines the basic fuel usage process, including how fuel quantities are measured, fuel system calibration techniques, understanding terminology such as usable and unusable fuel, and all aspects of fuel usage that can be determined on the ground.

Mass Properties Engineers are often requested to either participate in or generate a fuel system calibration and verification process for new aircraft in development or for aircraft whose fuel systems have been modified, since it involves having the aircraft supported on scales.

This course gives all the pertinent steps to ensure that this process is completed in a safe, successful, and timely manner.

Rod Van Dyk

Instructor: Rod vanDyk

SAWE Fellow

Safran Landing Systems

Rod vanDyk is a Senior Mass Properties Engineering Analyst for Safran Landing Systems. He has supported the engineering team there for over 18 years providing mass properties support at every stage of the landing gear development process for many commercial and military programs. Rod’s total engineering career has spanned over 34 years which includes 11 years with Bombardier Aerospace (mass properties, flight test loadmaster, and customer engineer), and 5 years with Pratt & Whitney Canada (mass properties and assembly/test technician). His background has given him a firm understanding of most aircraft systems and structures along with a myriad of experiences.

Rod’s involvement in the SAWE has spanned over 25 years with officer positions at both Local Chapter and International Level. Rod became an SAWE Fellow in 2017 and has also been an SAWE Instructor for over 8 years (after developing the Aircraft Fuel Calibration and Verification course with Jerry Pierson.) Rod has recently become a Mentor for both the SAWE and Safran.

Rod has received various certifications and awards from both his workplace and through the SAWE. He achieved his honors diploma in Air Transport and Industrial Engineering from Durham College in 1990. Rod’s interests include road cycling, playing piano, soccer, and travelling/camping/canoeing with his family.

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The objective of this class is to provide the student with an understanding of the function of Naval Architecture in ship design. The course begins with the basic ship design spiral and then addresses the activities for each element of that design spiral. Definitions of common terms used in Naval Architecture will be provided. From this class, the attendee will gain an understanding of what the process of ship design is; how design decisions impact the whole ship, especially weight impacts; what design margins are, and how they are used; and how naval architects integrate all the desired features into the final ship. The course addresses the relationships of all engineering disciplines with Naval Architecture and overall ship design.

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Automotive Lateral Dynamics and Mass Properties

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The course learning objectives include enabling the student to be able to make reasonably accurate estimates via basic calculations/simple computer simulation of Rollover SSF (Static Stability Factor), Roll Gain, Lateral Steady-State Maximum Acceleration (Skidpad), and the associate Steer Angles/Slip Angles/Body Side Slip Angle at that steady-state condition.

Also, this course will enable the student to make an estimate of Lateral Transient Acceleration (Slalom) characteristics such as the Dynamic Index in Yaw (DIY), Transient Yaw Center, and the Ackermann Yaw Rate. Lastly, this course will enable the student to make estimates of Directional Stability (Oversteer/Understeer) Characteristics such as the Understeer Coefficient, Static Margin, Steady State Steering Angle, Characteristic Velocity (Understeer), Critical Speed (Oversteer), and the handling transition Critical Speed (Oversteer).

All individuals completing the course will receive a Certificate of Completion, a copy of the Course Vu-Graphs (MS-PowerPoint), a copy of SAWE Paper #3528 (‚ÄúMass Properties and Maximum Lateral Acceleration‚ÄĚ), and a Max Lateral Acceleration Estimation Spreadsheet (MS-Excel).

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Measuring Mass Properties

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This is a basic class which teaches measurement of weight, center-of-gravity, and moments of inertia (MOI).  Effects of gravity variation due to latitude and altitude will be explained. This class will demonstrate and teach moment of inertia measuring techniques typically used for missiles and control surfaces. The Mass Properties Measurement class will contain both a classroom presentation and a laboratory session.  The class will consist of approximately three hours of lecture and five hours of hands-on laboratory session with participants making mass properties measurements.

The classroom discussion will include mass definition and mass measurement techniques. Force measurement methods such as spring scales, load cells, strain gauges, and rebalance technology will be discussed. The MOI definition and its relationship to torque and angular acceleration and measurement techniques will be included. The definition of Product of Inertia (POI) will be discussed and how it relates to Principle Axes definition, measurement, and calculation techniques. Laboratory exercises will include mass measurement, center-of-gravity measurement, MOI measurement using a torsion rod and the bifilar method. POI measurement/calculation and principle axis measurement/calculation will be taught.

It is the intent of this class to provide the student with an understanding of the methods for measuring moment of inertia. The class will conclude with the taking of a test to verify that the class has provided the students with the basic understanding of how to measure moment of inertia of a missile or a control surface.

Basic calculators will be needed for examples and exercises. Please dress appropriately for working with measuring equipment.

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Weight Management and Estimating for the Offshore Oil Industry

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Due to the unique nature of design and construction of fixed and floating offshore oil facilities (very few of which are identical), the oil industry relies on accurate weight management to provide data to create information that is used for structural design, cost estimating, and determining the most efficient means of transporting, lifting or towing a completed platform from a fabrication facility to its installation site.
Applications of proven methods (based on historical weight data and experience) are employed to determine preliminary weights for offshore structures. This early data is used to calculate estimated design and fabrication costs that are part of an overall feasibility analysis to determine the commercial viability of development of an offshore oil field. Numerous technical (severe environmental conditions, high production rates, corrosive environments, etc.) and monetary (high weight equals high cost) challenges must be overcome before an owner is comfortable with proceeding to exploit a new oil field from discovery to production.
With floating production facilities being installed in water depths approaching 10,000 feet, it is critical to develop the correct platform type (e.g., semi-submersible, spar, or FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading vessel)). Weight management is one of the key tools used to determine the correct production scenario.
This training course will highlight the importance of weight management in the oil industry, present several of the methods typically used to create preliminary estimates of weight and center of gravity, and walk through an example of estimating preliminary weight and CG data for a floating offshore platform.

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Ship Inclining Experiment

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This class will discuss the inclining of a vessel in order to determine its displacement (weight) and center of gravity.  The primary emphasis will be on inclining in water, but inclining in air will also be covered.  A classroom session on the theory, procedure, and results of inclining will be held, followed by an actual demonstration of inclining techniques aboard a waterborne vessel.

The objectives of the class are to provide the student with an introduction to the principles of naval architecture and marine terminology, and to discuss and demonstrate the inclining of a vessel to determine its weight and center of gravity.  ASTM F 1321-90, standard Guide for Conducting a Stability Test, will be used as a text for this class.  After a brief introduction to the principles of naval architecture, the theory and purpose of the inclining experiment will be presented.  The light ship survey will be described and then the inclining experiment itself will be discussed.  Preparations required aboard the vessel and ashore will be described, and plans and equipment required will be discussed and demonstrated.  Inclining procedures, data, and calculations will be reviewed, and examples from an actual inclining will be examined in detail.  Troubleshooting the results of the inclining, and matters of bias and accuracy, will be covered.  Inclining of a small vessel in air will be discussed.

Following the classroom session, the class will travel to and board a vessel for a practical demonstration of an inclining.  A brief light ship survey will be completed, drafts and specific gravity of the water will be taken, and inclining weight will be moved to obtain a plot of tangents and inclining moments.  The resulting data will be processed, and the vessel’s light ship displacement and center of gravity will be determined at the conclusion.  The class will conclude with a short open-book test and exercise to confirm that the student has gained an understanding of the theory and practice of inclining a vessel.

Basic calculators will be needed for examples and exercises.  Students should wear casual clothes and rubber-soled shoes, as they will be boarding a vessel.

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