Between the 31st of January and the 4th of February of 2017, we profited from our winter holidays to visit the aerospace industry in Warsaw city. 17 members from our association had the chance to know more about Airbus group company PZL Warszawa-Okęcie, the Medical Air Rescue Team and the Polish Space Agency.
On the first day, we went to PZL facilities where we were lucky to have a tour around their manufacturing processes. This opportunity was very valuable to us as it allowed us to better understand the application of some subjects taught at university about materials and production. Moreover, we also had the privilege to meet with Mr. Piotr Jaskowski, Aerospace Engineer at the Design Department of PZL, and Mr. Felipe Steinmetz, CEO at PZL. Learning from their experience and advices was a great occasion to know how to plan our own future professional career.
After that, we visited the Copernicus Science Centre. Inside this newly built museum, we remembered our childhood passion for science when interacting with the different exhibitions. Their practical way to explain the basic principles about physics is completely worth visiting. After all, the best way to learn any concept is by feeling it in the first person and that is exactly the philosophy behind all the activities at this museum.
The next day, the Medical Air Rescue Team (Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe) welcomed us at their base in Warsaw. They explained us the basics about the helicopters they maintain with a presentation. Then, we had the chance to see with our own eyes the insides of these beautiful machines. Again, this was also a good time to complement our formation as engineers with more practical knowledge.
Finally, on Friday the 3rd of February, the Polish Space Agency arranged a meeting with student’s science clubs from Polish universities (SKA from Warsaw University of Technology and AGHSpaceSystems from AGH University of Science and Technology). After the Polish Space Agency and every association presented the main focuses of their activity, we had some time to talk and know more about each other. This is one of the best souvenirs from our travel, as interacting with aerospace students from different countries is one of the most important goals of our association.
After this meeting, we also could visit the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Science thanks to the arrangement made by the Polish Space Agency. This was a very valuable moment to all of our members that are interested in the space sector. Knowing more about these sites is very motivating for all of us as it helps us to pursue our studies more ambitiously.
In the end, we could say that it was a very good trip. This is why we would like to thank all the companies that welcomed us: PZL Warszawa-Okęcie, the Medical Air Rescue Team (Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe) and the Polish Space Agency as well as all the students from SKA Warsaw University of Technology, AGHSpaceSystems AGH University of Science and Technology and our own members for making it a funnier travel, like they always do!