Author: Jolanta Skwaradowska     Published At: 19.05.2022

The Silesian University of Technology was present at the aviation event: "Nights under the wings"

"Nights under the wings" took place at the Gliwice airport. During the two-day event, visitors could see aeroplanes, a glider acrobatics show and parachute jumps. There were also cultural events such as concerts or film shows.

The Silesian University of Technology was present at the event. The Civil Aviation Personnel Education Centre for Central and Eastern Europe presented its aviation equipment such as an AT3 plane, and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). It was also possible to talk to future pilots and aviation mechanics who study at our university in the following fields: air navigation and mechanics and aviation operation. 

- It's worth coming to Gliwice airport, but most of all, it's worth cooperating with us, studying and fulfilling your passions with the Silesian University of Technology. The offer of the University in the field of aviation training is constantly developing. We are also in the process of expanding our pilot training centre in Gliwice, we have completed the construction of our first aircraft hangar, and we are now embarking on another investment. We have certified training centres for pilots, aviation mechanics, drone pilots, and ground operations specialists. We are glad that the Silesian University of Technology has contributed to the development of aviation technology - said the Rector of the Silesian University of Technology, Professor Arkadiusz Mężyk, who was present at the event.

At the "Nights under the wings," the Silesian University of Technology presented their AT3- which is one of the planes, simulators and also a pilot's seat. The visitors can have a sit there and become a pilot for a while. At the event, our students, the future pilots and aviation mechanics were also present. They were happy to answer all visitors' questions. - People come up and ask what it takes to become a plane pilot, aviation mechanic or drone pilot. (...) At our stands you can learn more about the full aviation offer of the Silesian University of Technology - said Robert Wieszała PhD, Eng.

- We answer questions regarding what it is like to study at our faculty, what kind of internships we have, where the university hangar is located and what our workshops look like - said Michał Warda, who studies aviation mechanics and exploitation at the Silesian University of Technology.

Błażej Orpel, who specialises in air navigation, also encouraged students to study aviation. - If you love aviation then studying at the Silesian University of Technology is a very good idea. While studying for a bachelor’s and then for a master’s degree, you can simultaneously acquire a pilot's licence ATPL frozen, which entitles you to work in airlines. As they say: “you can kill two birds with one stone” - said Błażej.

- Studying aviation at the Silesian University of Technology is also very prestigious - adds his friend Sylwia Laskowska, who wants to become an aviation mechanic.  

"Nights under the wings" is the first such a big outdoor event in Gliwice after the break caused by the pandemic. - We are very pleased with the beautiful weather and a large number of participants. I think that there are so many attractive events that everyone will find something for themselves - said the Mayor of Gliwice, Adam Neumann.  

The cooperation between the Silesian University of Technology and the City at the Gliwice airport has been developing for a long time. Gliwice built and commissioned a professional concrete runway which allows our pilots to use the airport all year round. The University is also implementing its investments there. A modern hangar will soon be opened for the training of aviation personnel, and another one will be built by the end of the year. The Civil Aviation Personnel Education Centre for Central and Eastern Europe, a non-faculty unit of the Silesian University of Technology, operates at the airport. Pilots and aviation mechanics are trained there.   

- We assume that aviation technologies and aviation, in general, are the future. It is crucial for science, industry and entrepreneurship to develop in disciplines related to aviation. A series of such activities are taking place here.

The increase in activity occurred after the city built and commissioned a hard, professional, concrete runway less than two years ago - adds President Neumann.

The event "Nights under the wings" took place on 14 and 15 May 2022 at the Gliwice airport.  

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