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Aviation
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The Warsaw Institute of Aviation pursues innovative research in a variety of areas related to the aviation sector. It provides research services to both Polish and foreign companies and works with aviation organizations and institutions worldwide.

The institute is a founding member of the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR), an international organization of research institutes dealing with aviation.

The International Forum for Aviation Research aims to improve the quality, availability and security of air traffic and it also seeks to ensure appropriate environmental protection standards in the aviation industry.

The idea to set up the organization emerged when the heads of the world’s 12 largest aviation research centers met in Berlin, Germany, in 2008.

This year, scientists from France, Germany, Britain, the United States, China and Russia met in Lubbenau, Germany, June 6-7 to exchange experiences and discuss the impact of the latest political and economic developments in the world on joint research projects. At the meeting, the Warsaw Institute of Aviation was represented by its director Witold WiÊniowski and Prof. Marian Je˝. Conference participants also talked about how the aviation industry influences climate change by emitting carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other substances to the atmosphere.

Four departments

The Warsaw Institute of Aviation comprises four departments. These are the Materials and Structures Research Center, the Engineering Design Center, the New Technologies Center, and the so-called Net Institute.

The Materials and Structures Research Center specializes in testing the mechanical properties of materials, structures and structural components of aircraft engines—especially those operating under heavy loads and at high temperatures.

The Engineering Design Center was established in 2000 under an engineering alliance agreement between GE Aircraft Engines and the Warsaw Institute of Aviation. The center works on the products of three GE Infrastructure businesses: GE Aviation, GE Energy, and GE Oil & Gas.

The New Technologies Center carries out research and development projects in aeronautics and space technology. These include theoretical work, design and analysis and lab research. Its research covers areas such as aerodynamics, avionics and system integration; design and strength analysis of metallic and composite structures for airplanes and helicopters; aircraft and rocket propulsion systems; landing gear; and energy absorption systems.

The fourth department of the Institute of Aviation, known as the Net Institute, was established in 2007. It aims to contribute to the sustainable development of aviation as an interdisciplinary field. It works to build network structures and uses them in R&D projects contributing to the development of the aviation industry.

The Warsaw Institute of Aviation is coordinating a number of international research projects relying on funds provided by the European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan and several other countries.

Age of engineering

The Institute of Aviation has almost 1,100 employees, but keeps looking for new staff, especially highly qualified engineers.

In October 2008, the institute, together with a host of partners, launched a countrywide program called Era In˝yniera (The Age of Engineering) and targeted at junior-high and high-school students, their parents and science teachers. The program aims is to increase the prestige of the engineering profession and increase the number of students enrolling for engineering studies. Partners in the program include technical universities, innovative enterprises, research institutions, and business associations.
Piotr Bartosz