NOTES ON THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PSAA 14.03.2016

On the 14th of March 2016, the General Assembly of the Polish Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics was held at the Institute of Aviation, in Warsaw.

Before the Assembly started, the Management Board of the Association had met, comprised of:
Prof. Witold Wiśniowski – Chairman
Prof. Mirosław Rodzewicz – Vice-Chairman
Prof. Aleksander Olejnik – Chairman of Review Panel
Prof. Jacek Szumbarski – Treasurer

The members of the Management Board went through the activity and financial reports of the Association for the year 2015. Next, the current list of the Association membership was reviewed. Finally, the motions regarding the new resolutions were put on the table and later voted and adopted during the General Assembly.

At the beginning of the Assembly, its Chairman prof. Witold Wiśniowski greeted the gathered members, opening the meeting.

Next, the presentation on the activity and achievements of the Institute of Aviation was given by Rafał Kajka, Ph.D. – the Deputy Director of the Institute.

Following that presentation, prof. Andrzej Żyluk, the Secretary of the Management Board of PSAA took the floor to present the report on the activity of the Association in the period 13.03.2015 – 14.03.2016. The report included, inter alia: the number of meetings held by the Management Board and the number of adopted resolutions. Prof. Żyluk also presented the accomplishments of the Association  in 2015 both, in Poland and abroad.

The next speaker was prof. Tomasz Goetzendorf-Grabowski who told the audience about the READ 2016 conference (Research and Education in Aircraft Design), which will take place at the Institute of Aviation in September this year. He underlined the event’s rank, scope and significance among fellow scholars, both in Poland and worldwide.

Following prof. Goetzendorf-Grabowski’s short speech, the Treasurer of PSAA, prof. Jacek Szumbarski presented in details the financial report for the year 2015.

Finally, the Chairman of the Review Panel, prof. Aleksander Olejnik read out the protocol of the Review Panel.

During the General Assembly, 2 new resolutions were voted and adopted:

Resolution no. 1/2016 of General Assembly of PSAA Members on the Report of Management Board and Review Panel for the Year 2015.

Resolution no. 2/2016 of General Assembly of PSAA Members on the Use of Excess Revenue from the Year 2015.

Closing up the General Assembly, the members discussed current issues and problems. It was requested to pay more attention to regular attendance during the assemblies and regular payment of the membership fees. The PSAA website admin also underlined the importance of the Association webpage and the proper update of its content. One of the members also proposed the idea of nominating special coordinators from the entities associated in PSAA, whose task would be to promote the Association more strongly among its existing as well as potentially future members. This concept was also broadened by a suggestion to create a special section at the PSAA website that would consist of the bios of all its members.

Last but not least, prof. Aleksander Olejnik informed the gathered members about the attempts of the national academia to have the new scientific discipline officially established – Aviation and Aerospace. Summing up the meeting, he also pointed out that the objectives and mission of the Polish Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics should be more broadly propagated within the institutions belonging to PSAA.

CEAS 2015 Conference

Short information about the 5th European CEAS Conference on Aviation and Space Technologies (Air & Space Conference)

5th European Air & Space Conference was held in Delft in the Netherlands on 7-11 September. Just like 4 previous conferences, this one was also hosted by  CEAS (Council of European Aerospace Societies). Previous conferences were held in Berlin (2007), Manchester (2009), Venice (2011) and Linköping (2013). During the conference, 175 papers from 25 countries were presented, as well as 7 plenary lectures, held by 2 or sometimes 3 speakers from different research institutes, government agendas or industry. The number of registered participants was over 500. Two Workshops, one of AFloNEXT project, the other organised by EWADE (European Workshop for Aircraft Design Education), were joined with the conference. Most lectures were prepared by European authors, although several presentations by non-european institutes were also noted. Polish lectures were notable, prepared mainly by the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering (Warsaw University of Technology) and researchers from other facilities. Regrettably, it should be noted that hosts did not take enough care of choosing proper session leaders, which was probably a result of random Polish representation in the so called Conference Science Committee. This matter was discussed during CEAS Trustees Board meeting by our representatives.

On the CEAS Trustees Board meeting, the location of next CEAS conference was also chosen. In the decisive second secret voting, Warsaw proposed by PSAA got 5 votes and Bucharest proposed by AAAR (Asociatia Aeronauticâ si Astronauticâ a României) got 6 votes. Moscow proposed by the Russians got only 1 vote in the first voting, but this one vote turned out to be decisive in the second voting.

The scientific level of the conference should be regarded as high, after every lecture serious discussions on presented matters were held. The plenary lectures, which got a lot of attention, were on especially high level. More detailed information about the conference (including many lecture abstracts) can be found on CEAS website (http://www.ceas2015.org/).