We are sad to announce that on July 15, 2018, at the age of 94, Justyn Sandauer passed away – a glider and an airplane pilot, a glider constructor, an expert on flight tests of aircraft.

Mr. Sandauer was born in Lviv. During World War II he was deported to Austria for forced labor. After liberation he was repatriated to Poland and in 1947 he graduated from the Aviation Department of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow.

After graduation he was employed at the Gliding Institute in Bielsko. A co-creator of SZD-6 gliders: Bat, SZD-8 Jaskółka, SZD-9 Bocian and SZD-11 Albatros. From 1953 he was a research fellow at the Institute of Aviation, in which in the years 1963-1968 he held the position of scientific director. From 1968, he worked at the Research Institute in the Flight of the Institute of Aviation.

He participated in conducting flight tests of PZL-104 Wilga 40, TS-11 Iskra, PZL-106 Kruk, PZL M18 Dromader, PZL M-15 Belphegor, I-22 Iryda. He retired in 1986, serving flight testers with his knowledge and advice, and lecturing in pilot experimental courses. He was fluent in four languages.

Our environment lost an outstanding specialist in flight mechanics and aerodynamics, a teacher of pilots and flight test engineers, a man of great expertise, achievements and experience in the field of aerospace technology, a friendly and cordial man.

We express our deepest sympathy to the family and relatives.

Director, Scientific Council and Employees of the Institute of Aviation in Warsaw

Funeral ceremonies will take place on July 24, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home at the Powązki Military Cemetery.

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