SAE Aerospace Council

Under the auspices of the Aerospace Council, SAE published its first aeronautic standards (interchangeable spark plug) in 1917. Early aviation pioneers Elmer Sperry, Orville Wright, Glenn Curtiss and Glenn Martin helped to merge the American Society of Aeronautic Engineers into SAE and establish the Society’s leadership role in aerospace. Since that time, SAE has developed over 6,700 standards and specifications and has grown to be the world’s largest producer of non-government aerospace documents.

The activities of the aerospace standards development committees are guided by the Aerospace Council. The Council members are executives from the commercial, regional, general aviation, military, space and government agencies. These leaders ensure that the program is well managed, progresses in a timely and cost efficient manner, meets user needs, and avoids duplication of effort.

SAE Aerospace Standards are utilized worldwide for the design and production of thousands of aircraft components and systems. SAE Aerospace Material Specifications (AMS) are specified for aerospace vehicles more than any other standards. These standards and specifications are drafted by industry experts and used on a voluntary basis by industry and government.

SAE Aerospace Standards Committee Organization Chart*
SAE Aerospace Council Operating Guide*

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