The Institute of Aviation is one of the oldest research establishments in Europe, officially registered in 1926, although its roots go back to 1918. For 90 years of its activity the scientists and engineers employed in the Institute of Aviation have contribute remarkably to the development of Polish economy and defense. Before the Second World War, all Polish aircraft were constructed or tested in the Institute of Aviation.

At present, over 1800 engineers, scientists and researchers are employed by the Institute with 900 of them younger than 30 years of age. Four new laboratories were set up during the last two years, with one laboratory which performs pressure tests for equipment recovering crude oil and gas being the second largest in the world.

The main fields of the Institute's activity are space technologies, aero and missile engines, materials technology, aerodynamics, composite technologies, design and test of aircraft constructions, near-field noise and research in the field of recovery of crude oil and gas.

The Institute of Aviation is a member of the domestic and international research organizations. Since 2005, the Institute has been a partner in AERONET - Aviation Valley project. It is a group comprised of several well-positioned research units. In April 2008, the Institute of Aviation was admitted to EREA. In June 2010, an international organization International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) was called into being in Germany. The Institute of Aviation representing Poland, played an important role in its establishment, becoming one of its founders.

The Institute of Aviation organizes international conferences, symposia and is a moderator in the global research incentives.

The strategy of the Institute of Aviation is ‘to provide service in the international market research’. The world market means the highest competitiveness of the research services offered, which leads to the development of new technologies. The Institute is a partner of numerous universities, research institutes, research centers and industrial labs in Europe, the United States, Asia, Australia and Africa. The Institute cooperates closely with the aviation industry world leaders such as: General Electric, Boeing, Airbus, Pratt&Whitney, Sikorsky, Rolls-Royce.


The Institute comprises of 6 research centers:

The Center of New Technologies (CNT) whose area of activity is R&D service for the Polish and foreign enterprises aimed at improving competitiveness of their products. The scope of work performed by CNT includes: aerodynamics, design and testing work regarding aircraft landing gear, testing piston engines, thrust breaking tests, flows testing, measurement of aircraft noise and biomedical engineering. The research work performed in CNT is carried out in the laboratories furnished with the most advanced research and measurement equipment in Poland. Since 2008, the research works have also been carried out in the Applied Aerodynamics Laboratory and their five aerodynamic tunnels. In the aerodynamic tunnels of the Institute of Aviation almost all Polish aircraft and helicopters are tested.

Materials and Structures Research Center (MSRC) is a research division concentrated on the implementation of most advanced technologies in the field of strength research of materials and aero engines subunits and some other structures working in the conditions of high mechanical loading in a wide range of temperature. The center was founded in 2004 and comprises 3 laboratories – Structural Tests Laboratory, Non-Destructive Tests and Materials Properties Laboratory, Materials Test Laboratory, and the Fatigue Analysis department. Significant number of certified tests places the MSRC center in a leading position in Poland.

Center of Space Technologies consists of 4 laboratories:

  • Laboratory of Space Technologies is engaged in the development of space technology such as the development of new space propulsion, organic fuels, the study of structures and analysis of  the missile trajectory.
  • Propulsion Laboratory conducts research in the measurement field: piston engines research, turboshaft engines dyno trials, studies of combustion chambers, flow, balance, measurement of aircraft noise and window attempts for puncture resistance.
  • Adaptronic Laboratory deals with diagnosis of engineering structures, MEMS devices, the design and calculation of aerospace structures.
  • Data Processing Laboratory makes the analysis of data, its processing (encryption, coding, compression) and connectivity and location.

Center for Composite Technologies was established to deliver composite technology solutions and composite materials tests for aviation industry. The Center carries out projects in the field of:

  • mechanical tests according to ASTM standards to determinate composite materials properties and create materials database
  • technology development for  composite components manufacturing with the use of carbon fiber prepregs  and Out of Autoclave processing
  • monitoring of delamination progression in composite materials with the use of numerical (NASTRAN, ANSYS, ABAQUS) and experimental methods.
  • detetion of defects and analyzing its progression in composite materials by ultrasonic and visual NDT methods.

        The technical equipment of the Center for Composite Technologies allows to carry out many sophisticated tests on composite materials. All the tests are provided by competent personnel in compliance with international standard PN-EN ISO/IEC    17025.

Transportation and Energy Conversion Department covers wide area of R&D,  testing and technology development for ground, sea, rail and air transportation systems as well as energy conversion from renewable to conventional resources. The intermediate aim of this center will be the elaboration of solutions followed by operative implementation with support from Polish and foreign industry. New projects will be acquired based on solutions and ideas of the Institute of Aviation employees as well as those leveraged from other scientific and economical organizations. The key to the Department operation will be close cooperation with scientific organizations and industry in Poland and abroad.

Engineering Design Center (EDC) was founded in April 2000 under a memorandum of agreement between the aircraft engines department of General Electric (GE Aircraft Engines) and the Institute of Aviation. EDC is one of the several global GE establishments cooperating with such GE entities as: GE Aviation, GE Oil&Gas or GE Rail. The Engineering Design Centre has been developing vigorously right from its beginning. Engineers employed in EDC concentrate on design and improvements of parts of aircraft engines, turbine ship propulsions, high power gas turbines, steam turbines. Moreover, EDC carries out design work, analysis and provide technical support for machinery and equipment used in oil and chemical industry.

Library - The Library of the Institute of Aviation was founded in April 1926 and ranks as the topmost aviation library in Poland, with regard to its subject-matter, assortment of the collection and the volume. The library contains 80,000 volumes, and together with the Polish and foreign periodicals collected for many years, it is one of the largest libraries providing for R&D establishments in Poland.

This unique collection consists of books and papers on such areas as: aviation, helicopters, aerodynamics, mechanics, strength of materials, mathematics and many others. The library subscribes to some 70 Polish and foreign periodicals, and contains over 5,500 microfilms of scientific papers and publications.

Scientific Publications. The Scientific Publications Division regularly publishes papers and books of the leading Polish and foreign scientists, engineers and specialists in the field of aviation, employees of the Institute of Aviation as well as authors employed in other establishments and organizations related to aviation. Distinguished Polish scientists from leading universities and scientific organizations review all books, papers or information to be published so as to ensure the highest quality of every publication. The Publishing Division has 5 groups of publications: Scientific Library of the Institute of Aviation, Transactions of the Institute of Aviation; Marketing of Scientific and Research Institutions, Journal of Polish-American Science and Technology, the Institute of Aviation Publisher's History.

 An advanced model of promotion and marketing is implemented at the Institute of Aviation, aimed at creating communities interested in the subject of aviation as well as the Institute itself, which allows for active PR and reach to a wider public.

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