On 20th May 2016 at Fabryka Trzciny in Warsaw an exhibition and presentation of the Institute of Aviation achievements on the occasion of the 90th anniversary connected with the Gala and Jubilee Ball was held. The current and former employees, as well as the invited guests from Poland and abroad, participated in the event.

An atmosphere of a century-old factory, a red carpet, the Warsaw Philharmonic string quartet and 800 guests in evening dresses and tuxedos – so began the evening during which the 90th anniversary of the Institute of Aviation was celebrated. Industrial interiors, halls illuminated with multi-colored lights were the meeting place for the multigenerational community of engineers and scientists who jointly celebrated their contribution to the history of one of the oldest research institutes in Poland.

The celebrations began with the official part, during which the director of the Institute of Aviation – professor Witold Wiśniowski greeted the guests. The highlight of the Gala was the presentation of awards to 31 distinguished employees of the Institute of Aviation. On behalf of the President of the Republic of Poland, an honorary patron of the jubilee, distinctions were handed in by general brigadier Jarosław Kraszewski, the director of the Armed Forces Supervision Department at the National Security Bureau.


Individual awards were granted by the authorities of the Masovian voivodeship. A commemorative medal “Pro Masovia” granted by the marshal Adam Struzik was awarded to professor Witold Wiśniowski – the director of the Institute of Aviation. A special award was also granted by the council of Masovian voivodeship. A badge of honor “Merited for Masovian voivodeship” received the Institute of Aviation. Also present among the honored was Wojciech Potkański, PhD Eng. who was awarded “Merited for Podkarpackie voivodeship” badge by the marshal of Podkarpackie voivodeship, Władysław Ortyl.


During the ceremony, the Institute of Aviation handed in its own anniversary statuettes. On behalf of the hosts: the chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Aviation, professor Roman Domański and director of the Institute of Aviation, professor Witold Wiśniowski handed them in to the honored guests.

The official part ended with a photo of all the awarded. The jubilee cake in the shape of an aircraft wing was sliced together by professor Witold Wiśniowski and professor Roman Domański. Written congratulations and thanks were handed out by the representatives of the ministries and friendly institutions.

The attraction of the evening was a concert by Małgorzata Ostrowska and Urszula, who filled the hearts of the whole aviation community with the spirit of dance.


An unforgettable performance was given by the actors of the Rampa and Buffo theaters, who recalled the hits from the 70’s , 80’s and 90’s. Singing intertwined with another, equally interesting artistic team performance – Dancing Ganesh Bollywood.


Dance champions presented to the audience choreographies familiar from the full of colors and glitz Bollywood movies. Fun until dawn was accompanied by the rhythms served by DJ Pontus.


The Gala awards:

Gold Cross of Merit

  • Rafał Kajka
  • Mariusz Krawczyk
  • Józef Sławomir Małuj
  • Magdalena Nizik

Silver Cross of Merit

  • Antoni Bartnik
  • Paweł Sylwester Guła
  • Alicja Maria Kaznowska
  • Andrzej Krzysiak
  • Marian Andrzej Lubieniecki
  • Edyta Anna Słupecka
  • Wieńczysław Krzysztof Stalewski
  • Janusz Sznajder

Bronze Cross of Merit

  • Krzysztof Daniel Błasiak
  • Paweł Piotr Czapski
  • Konrad Jerzy Kozaczuk
  • Wojciech Grzymisław Manaj
  • Tomasz Grzegorz Pancewicz
  • Grzegorz Piotr Rarata
  • Paweł Surmacz
  • Michał Mateusz Szmidt
  • Andrzej Dariusz Tywoniuk
  • Marcin Wasilewski
  • Marzena Maria Wichniarz

Gold Medal for Long Service

  • Roman Wacław Domański
  • Ryszard Harla
  • Krzysztof Hipolit Piwek
  • Wojciech Stanisław Potkański
  • Romana Elżbieta Ratkiewicz-Landowska
  • Jarosław Bogdan Stanisławski

Bronze Medal for Long Service

  • Tomasz Szczepanik
  • Robert Dariusz Śliwka

The events culminating the Jubilee of the 90th anniversary of the Institute of Aviation was attended by representatives of the government, local governments, ambassadors, government domestic and foreign institutions, representatives of science, business and politics, among them:

  • gen. brig. Jarosław Kraszewski – director of the Armed Forces Supervision Department at the National Security Bureau (on behalf of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda),
  • Jerzy Kwieciński – secretary of state at the Ministry of Economic Development,
  • Jadwiga Emilewicz – undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Economic Development,
  • Michał Kurtyka – undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Energy,
  • Andrzej Piotrowski – undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Energy,
  • Renata Szczęch – undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy,
  • Władysław Ortyl – marshal of Podkarpackie voivodeship,
  • Peter F. Gontha – ambassador of Indonesia,
  • Patricia V. Paez – ambassador of Philippines,
  • Mike Benzakein – director of Propulsion and Power Center at the Ohio State University,
  • Josef Kaspar – director of VZLU from Czech Republic,
  • Bruno Sanjoin – director of ONERA from France,
  • Catalin Nae – director of INCAS from Romania,
  • Uwe Moeller – director of DLR from Germany,
  • Mario Cosmo – director of CIRA from Italy,
  • Carmen Rodriguez Augustin – deputy director of INTA from Spain,
  • Leszek Rafalski – Main Council of the Research Institutes,
  • Hanna Wiśniewska-Weinert – director of Metal Forming Institute,
  • Anna Piotrowska – director of Institute of Electron Technology,
  • Jadwiga Sójka-Ledakowicz – director of Textile Research Institute,
  • Jacek Galas – director of Institute of Applied Optics,
  • Iwona Czerepko – director of Forest Research Institute,
  • Krzysztof Arczewski – director of Institute of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics,
  • Janusz Skrzecz – Forest Research Institute,
  • Adam Witek – director of Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials,
  • Ryszard Szczepanik – director of Air Force Institute of Technology,
  • Tadeusz Truskolaski – president of Białystok,
  • Grzegorz Kozłowski – director of America Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
  • Kathleen A. Morenski – counselor for political and economic affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Poland,
  • Richard Olesiński – U.S. Embassy in Poland,
  • Marek Banaszkiewicz – president of Polish Space Agency,
  • Zygmunt Mierczyk – rector-commandant of Military University of Technology in Warsaw,
  • Stanisław Adamczak – rector of Kielce University of Technology,
  • Monika Madej – rector of University of Ecology and Management,
  • Roman Kaczyński – vice-rector of Bialystok University of Technology,
  • Bartłomiej Nowak – vice-rector of Kozminski University,
  • Arkadiusz Mężyk – vice-rector of Kielce University of Technology,
  • Janusz Frączek – dean-elect of the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering,
  • Magdalena Nizik – managing director of General Electric Company Polska,
  • Mieczysław Majewski – PZL Świdnik S.A.,
  • Jerzy Miłosz – director of PIT-Radwar S.A.,
  • Bogdan Karczmarz – director of PZL Kalisz S.A.,
  • Ryszard Pregiel – Naczelna Organizacja Techniczna (NOT),
  • Łukasz Prus – Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (Polish Armament Group S.A.),
  • Rafał Warpechowski – vice-president of Orlen,
  • Roman Jakim – Krajowa Sekcja Przemysłu Lotniczego NSZZ Solidarność (National Section of Aviation, NSZZ Solidarność)
  • Leszek Stypułkowski – president of Index Copernicus,
  • Waldemar Gujski – partner at Gujski Zdebiak law firm,
  • Roman Domański – chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Aviation.

Celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the Institute of Aviation were held under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.

Visit also our jubilee website: www.ilot90.pl

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