The Institute of Aviation, which was established in 1926, belongs to the oldest research institutions in Europe and its roots date back to 1918. Throughout the whole of its operations, the scientists and engineers that have been working at the Institute of Aviation have made an invaluable and outstanding contribution to the development of the economy, science and national defence of the Republic of Poland. All Polish aircraft were either designed or tested at the Institute of Aviation. The achievements of the Institute of Aviation research staff have also had a tremendous impact on the global development of aeronautic structures. The principal research areas of the Institute presently include space technologies, aircraft and rocket engines, materials science, aerodynamics, composite technologies, design and testing of aviation structures, air traffic noise,  remote sensing as well as oil, gas and energy extraction testing.

Today, the Institute of Aviation belongs to one of the most cutting-edge and largest research facilities in Poland and the world. More than 1,200 staff, mainly comprising of young engineers and scientists, work at the facility, which has now occupied this location in the Okęcie neighbourhood in Warsaw for 90 years. The Institute is a member of many international organisations and associations involved in aircraft and space technology, in which it represents the Republic of Poland. The facility extensively collaborates with higher education establishments, research institutions, research facilities and industrial laboratories from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Africa. It also closely collaborates with the world leaders in the aerospace sector, e.g.: General Electric, Boeing, Airbus, Pratt&Whitney, Sikorsky, Embraer and Rolls-Royce. Furthermore, the Institute organises international conferences, symposia, and moderates global research initiatives.

The Institute of Aviation has 30 state-of-the-art laboratories, 4 of which are world-unique. It has also been awarded a plethora of prizes for its technological, economic and social achievements – awarded the “Fair Play Enterprise” title, laureate of awards for the best design projects such as CleanSky, and many sector awards and distinctions, as well as being a signatory of the Diversity Charter, Code of Researcher Ethics, the Pact for Horizon2020, and the substantive patron for  flight schools and classes.

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