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Virtual Flying is a company established by five outstanding researchers and Faculty staff from Institute of Informatics at Silesian University of Technology. Based on strong connections with University the company has access to many facilities, laboratories with the equipment and human resources. The localization of the University in Silesia, the most industrial region in Poland, inhabited by over 6 million people, supports the dynamic development of the Company. The owners of the Company successfully applied for a European funding of the Virtual Flying Laboratory. It is not only southern Poland’s most up-to-date professional educational and research base but also only one of its type in Europe. Additionally, the owners of the company have applied for numerous European grants funded from the prestigious 7th Framework Program. The President of the Virtual Flying, Dr. Krzysztof Cyran is the representative of the Silesian University of Technology in such projects as Helicopter Deploy GNSS in Europe – NEXT (HEDGE NEXT), Support on Pre-operational Actions in GNSS (SHERPA), Research on EGNOS/Galileo in Aviation and Terrestrial Multi-sensors Mobility Applications for Emergencies Prevention and Handling (EGALITE) and others. In the HEDGE NEXT project the Institute of Informatics participates in a consortium, which includes such institutions as Pildo Consulting (coordinator), Helios Technology, INAER Helicopteros. Swiss Air-Rescue, TAF Helicopters, HELILEO SAS, CCGx AERO, Warsaw-Babice Airport, Skyguide – Swiss ir navigation services, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, and Entidad Publica Empresarial Aeropuertos Espanoles y Navegacion A erea. In the SHERPA project the Institute of Informatics participates in a consortium, which includes such institutions as European Satellite Services Provider SAS, Pildo Consultin g, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, Bulgarian Air Traffic Services Authority, General Directorate of State Airports Authority, Austro Control, Estonian Air Navigation Services, Department of Civil Aviation – Ministry of Communications and Works of Cyprus, State Enterprise Oro Navigacija – Lithuania.



Key personnel

Krzysztof Cyran , Ph. D., CEO of Virtual Flying – is at the same time the Vice Head of the Institute of Informatics (which is an employer of over 100 researchers, lecturers and other Faculty staff) at Silesian University of Technology. He is the author of over 100 scientific papers including monographs and the coordinator of numerous scientific and technological funded projects.

Oleg Antemijczuk, M. Sc., CTO of Virtual Flying – is an expert in multiconstelation global satellite navigations systems (GNSS), who leads scientific projects for EUROCONTROL.  He is also experienced in design and implementation of the complex video surveillance systems, in 2particular, for US governmental institutions (Department of Correction, NY Police Department, Baltimore Police Department and many others).

Dagmara Sokołowska, M. A., PR Manager of Virtual Flying – is an expert, having more than 10 years’ experience in realization of many international promotional, including scientific and research projects. She was a manager of numerous projects in House of Polish-German Cooperation, implemented together with General Consulate of Germany in Wrocław. She coordinates cooperation of US General Consulate in Kraków with Institute of Informatics.

Krzysztof Tokarz, Ph. D., Hardware Division Manager of Virtual Flying – is the coordinator of cooperation with High-Tech industry and the author of many technological hardware solutions and implementations. He is an expert in microcontrollers and embedded systems.



Virtual Flying Laboratory

image005image007In an area of over 120m2, equipped by AIRCOM Ltd. with professional flight simulators, the Virtual Flying Laboratory. It consists of two large training units, which in size resemble fuselages and 10 smaller flight simulators. The former – stationary simulators FNTP II and FNTP, II-MCC, which will be used to teach pilotage and navigation as well as for acquiring and extending Commercial Pilot Licenses, Airline Transport Pilot Licenses and Instrument Ratings. These flight simulators will allow for training on aircraft such as Cessna 172 RG, Piper Arrow IV, Piper Seneca III, King Air B200 – due to the construction of the cockpit, flight instruments and their aerodynamic patterns. The remaining 10 flight simulators will help train pilotage and navigation as well as allow pilots to familiarise themselves with aircraft types such as Seneca III, Arrow IV, TB-10, TB-20, C172R, C172RG, C182, Bonanza, Mooney, Baron and King Air B200, their flight instrumentation and aerodynamic patterns. In addition, the Virtual Flying Laboratory will also be enriched by two mobile simulators built onto trailers. This equipment will be used to teach pilotage and navigation of single-engine aircraft such as the Cessna 172, 182, 182 RG and multi-engine aircraft such as the Piper Seneca III, Beech B, 58 Baron, Piston R22, R44, Schweitzer 300, Estrom 280, FX Turbine, MD500 and Bell 206. These mobile simulators will serve a training and promotional role of the Company in the region as well as nationally and on an international scale.  The Virtual light Laboratory will also aid research in the Institute of Informatics. It’s already known, that a part of this research will be performed as part of a collaborative effort with international institutions such as the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation EUROCONTROL. This, in turn, serves as indication that the Institute of Informatics and Virtual Flying Company will continue to actively participate in research and education, using the most modern multimedia techniques available in flight simulators as well as collaboration with the Civil Aviation Personnel Education Centre of Central and Eastern Europe and this research will serve to supplement shortages in specialists in the aviation industry.