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SAE International Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Its First Published Aerospace Standard

WARRENDALE, Pa., Sept. 14, 2017 - Technical standards developed by SAE International and its committee members play a vital role for professionals and companies within the aerospace industry. The standards help set expectations for safety, reliability, and quality while helping companies reduce their costs, increase productivity, and advance new technologies.

This year, SAE International proudly celebrates the 100th anniversary of its first published aerospace standard. SAE will celebrate the occasion during its 2017 AeroTech Congress and Exhibition, Sept. 26-28 in Fort Worth, Texas, where the SAE Aerospace Council and a number of SAE aerospace technical committees will meet.

Included in the, “First Report of the Aeronautic Engine Division,” the first SAE aerospace standard recommended an 18-mm sparkplug dimension for use in aeronautic engines and included an engineering drawing.

SAE International was founded in 1905. Originally called “The Society of Automobile Engineers,” SAE consolidated with the Society of Aeronautic Engineers in 1916 to form the Society of Automotive Engineers. (In these fledgling days of automobiles and airplanes, the term "automotive" was applied to any vehicle, on the ground, in the air or in water, that was self-propelled)

Since that first standard, the aerospace industry and its government and research partners around the world has entrusted SAE with the custody of maintaining its consensus technical documentation over the past 100 years: SAE’s technical committees currently maintain over 7,400 aerospace standards, specifications and recommended practices.

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SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 127,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

SAE International has 700 standards development technical committees and 17,000 technical professional volunteers from countries around the world.  They serve every aspect of industry from vehicle design and integration to build, manufacture, operate, and maintain; and they address critical issues on everything from fuel to weather conditions, materials to electronics, engine power to energy mandates.

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