[A first post from Economics Officer Bob D.!]
I joined my colleagues in the Warsaw Scientific-Diplomatic Club for a visit to the Instytut Lotnictwa (ILOT) near Warsaw’s Frédéric Chopin Airport on Wednesday April 1, 2009. The club includes science & technology attachés in the Warsaw diplomatic corps and regularly meets for social and science-oriented events in the Warsaw area. At ILOT we toured laboratories housing research and development projects on advanced landing gears, general aviation safety and security, and structural stress testing in addition to low and high velocity wind tunnels. The Institute’s ongoing partnerships with US firms General Electric and Pratt & Whitney focus on jet engine design and maintenance. There are approximately 800 engineers on its staff. Pictured in the photo with me are science & technology attachés from the French, German, Italian and British Embassies. I’m especially grateful to my French colleague Marc Bondiou and to Dr. Zbigniew Pągowski of ILOT for organizing the visit.