Aerospace Product Quality
Few other industries demand quality products to the degree required by the air and space industry. The SAE Cooperative Engineering Program provides scores of standards each year that contain part and product qualification procedures. These procedures aid manufacturers in the production of quality products and save valuable engineering time.
SAE Aerospace Standards are used extensively by the military services as well as by the private sector. Over 2,300 SAE Aerospace Material Specifications, covering a vast array of material and processes, are available to the aerospace engineer, and many can be downloaded from this website. Combine these with 2,100 more documents on a wide variety of subjects makes SAE the world's largest producer of non-government aerospace standards. Most Active Aerospace Material Specifications and Aerospace Standards can be downloaded from this website.
SAE Aerospace Liaisons
SAE maintains liaisons with a number of organizations to fully coordinate its standards, as well as to avoid duplication. Particular effort is made to exchange information with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (ARINC/AEEC), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the Air Transport Association (ATA), the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA), European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE), European Association of Aerospace Equipment Manufacturers (AECMA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Defense(DoD), Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), American Welding Society (AWS), and Transport Canada.
SAE in International Aerospace Standards
With worldwide progress in trade liberalization, the increasing import of global economics and the move to more multinational ventures, SAE continues to strive to be a leader in international standardization.
SAE is the administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO Technical Committee 20 - Aircraft and Space Vehicles, and is the International Secretariat for two of its subcommittees, i.e., ISO/TC20/SC9 - Air Cargo and Ground Equipment and ISO/TC20/SC10 - Aerospace Fluid systems and Components. Many SAE air and space committees interface with ISO and provide the majority of the U.S. delegates to their ISO counterpart committees. These activities stimulate communication among international techical experts and provide a valuable service to the international aerospace community.
New efforts in the areas of increased international liaison and international document harmonization will allow SAE to continue to meet the needs of national and international customers.
Being ever aware of health and safety aspects of the aerospace industry, SAE has established a committee to investigate the growing flight safety concerns in the area of outdoor laser displays. In addition, SAE is developing guidelines for the technical standards committees to ensure that new standards are environmentally conscious and sound.