Meeting for clusters representatives from the Visegrád Group countries is the second meeting of cluster organizations of the Visegrád Group in terms of a project Building Bridges in V4 Aviation Community executed this time by the Silesian Aviation Cluster, and supported by the International Visegrád Fund with its headquarters in Bratislava.

The main objective of the project is to establish and strengthen cooperation between representatives of V4 countries operating in one of the most innovative branches of the world economy, the aviation industry. Discussion on the role that the aviation industry plays in the context of the economies of the Visegrad countries seems necessary and interesting to us, especially in the context of the experience and technological resources of the two Visegrad countries: Poland and the Czech Republic.


The aviation industry is one of the most global economic activities. Global competition is set by the tone by major international players, and at the same time a great deal of innovation is being created in small and medium-sized enterprises, which need to organise themselves into larger groups in order to create a common offer for large partners. Aircraft manufacturers' agreements are often of a cross-border nature,such as between the US,Canada,the US and Mexico,but also within the EU between France,Germany,Italy and the UK. A similar path of development should be created by the V4 countries, whose cultural and geographical proximity predestines such activities.There are already initiatives consisting in international cooperation and preparation of personnel for the aviation industry and Visegrád Group countries should work out a similar path of cooperation.

Meeting for clusters representatives from the Visegrad Group countries

The project Building Bridges in V4 Aviation Community is executed by the Silesian Aviation Cluster and supported by the International Visegrád Fund with its headquarters in Bratislava. Meeting for clusters representatives operating in aviation industry from the Visegrad Group countries will be organize meeting of cluster organizations of the Visegrád Group.

Both, Poland (Silesia) and the Czech Republic (Moravia) have a rich tradition in the design and manufacture of aircraft and gliders, as well as historical achievements in the development of technologies related to the production of aircraft. They are important elements of the supply chain for the global aviation industry and international transport. Slovakia and Hungary are also showing an increasing interest in aviation issues, but so far the cooperation of aviation industry representatives in the Visegrad Partnership has been rather limited. We should not forget about the opportunities offered by the aviation industry, which is considered to be one of the most innovative in the world, in the context of the 4.0 revolution that is coming closer to us - this should be borne in mind, especially in view of the very high added value for the development of the industry and economies of the group, through the use and implementation of advanced technologies used in aviation. The development of the aviation industry among companies, under V4, may consequently lead to the implementation of joint projects, which will result, for example, in the implementation of further actions aimed at undertaking and implementing projects dedicated to the aviation industry, both in terms of soft measures such as the promotion of a common aviation history, entrepreneurs operating in this sector, as well as the implementation of joint advanced technological, design and investment projects.

During the conference, which will take place in Bielsko-Biała (Poland) from November 25-26, 2019, will address fallowing topics: ‘Industrial and R&D cooperation of the V4 Group in the aviation sector’, ‘Drones (unmanned aerial vehicle) – an innovative branch of aviation industry’, and ‘Cross-sectoral cooperation in the aeronautics industry. Joint industrial, technological and research solutions. Consequences of the Industrial Revolution 4. 0.’.



  • 10.30-11.00

    Registration, morning coffee

  • 11.00-12:00

    Opening ceremony

    Welcoming the Participants
    Krzysztof Krystowski, President of Polish Clusters Association, President of Silesian Aviation Cluster

    Presentation of honorary guests and patrons of the event
    Grzegorz Puda, Vice-Minister of Investment and Economic Development
    Beata Białowąs, Member of the Management Board of the Silesian Voivodeship
    Jarosław Klimaszewski, Mayor of Bielsko Biała (tbc)
    Andrzej Płonka, Starost of Bielsko Biala

  • 12.00-13.00

    Panel I: Drones as a new branch of aviation industry. Opportunities for development and cooperation in this area between partners from V4 countries.

    Drones are a young but fast-growing field in modern aviation. Starting with military applications, they are increasingly being used in various industrial and service sectors, but also in construction, agriculture, forestry, transport and logistics.

    Małgorzata Darowska, Proxy of the Minister of Infrastructure for UAV, U-Space
    Sylwester Wyka, Vice President of Institute of Aviation in Warsaw
    Proxy of Polish Armaments Group
    Michał Wojas, President of FlyTech UAV (tbc)
    Karol Cheda, HAWK-E Ltd.
    Krzysztof Krystowski, President of Polish Clusters Association, President of Silesian Aviation Cluster

  • 13.00-14.00

    Lunch break and networking

  • 14.00-15.00

    Panel II: Pilot project „testing ground” for drones and their applications in urban areas, implemented in the Metropolia Śląsko-Zagłebiowska area.

    Małgorzata Darowska, Proxy of the Minister of Infrastructure for UAV, U-Space
    Kazimierz Karolczak, President of the Metropolis GZM
    Paweł Szymański, Director of the Unmanned Aircraft Department
    Bogdan Traczyk, President of Upper Silesian Agency for Entrepreneurship and Development Ltd.
    Jarosław Bulanda, Vice President of Silesian Aviation Cluster

  • 15.00-15.15

    Coffee break

  • 15.15-16.15

    Panel III: Partictipation of the aviation companies from the V4 Group inthe value added chain of sector AerospaceDefence Europe and World.

    The possibility for cooperation between V4 Group enterprises and European and global partners representing the aeronautics and defence industries. The role of clusters. Presentations of individual partners.The aeronautical and defence industries are important sectors of the European economy. The possibility of entering into the value-added chains of large European producers is an opportunity for the development of enterprises, including small and medium-sized ones.

    Janusz Michalcewicz, President of Eurotech Ltd.
    Petr Tomasek, Moravsky Aviation Cluster
    Lukas Racz, Slovak Training Academy Ltd. (tbc)
    Dr inż. Robert Boroch, Director of Polonia Aero Laboratory
    Andrzej Rybka, Director of Aviation Valley
    Proxy of Wytwórnia Sprzętu Komunikacyjnego “PZL-KALISZ” S.A. (tbc)

  • 16.15-16.30

    Coffee break

  • 16.30-17.30

    Panel IV: Automotive and aviation industries. Common areas of research, new technologies. Industry of V4 countries and European cooperation.

    Intended presentation of the German-Polish Research Centre for Light Hybrid Structures, the initiative of the Silesian University of Technology, the Katowice Special Economic Zone and the Silesian Aviation Cluster as well as the Technical University in Dresden.

    Katarzyna Walczyk-Matuszyk, Vice Director of National Contact Point in Poland (tbc)
    Proxy of National Centre for Research and Development
    Łukasz Górecki, Manager of Silesia Advanced & Manufacturing Cluster
    Piotr Kowalski, Vice President of Silesian Aviation Cluster, President of Wielton Investment, Strategy and Development Director of Wielton (tbc)

  • 17.30-18.00

    SPECIAL GUEST – Sebastian Kawa

    Sebastian Kawa – the most successful glider pilot in history and a 15-time world champion in competing gliders


  • 8.30-9.00

    Registration, morning coffee

  • 9.00

    Opening ceremony of second day of Conference

    Krzysztof Krystowski, President of Polish Clusters Association, President of Silesian Aviation Cluster

  • 9.00-10.30

    Panel V: The possibility of implementing joint aviation projects by the industries of the V4 countries

    Experience of the aviation industry (especially Poland and the Czech Republic) allows to plan the construction of small passenger aircraft, including for example cooperation in the design and production of a new passenger aircraft for over a dozen people. Panel participants will present the experience of potential project participants and current plans for the development of this type of aircraft and opportunities for cooperation between partners.

    Krzysztof Krystowski, President of Polish Clusters Association, President of Silesian Aviation Cluster
    Sylwester Wyka, Director of Research Network Lukasiewicz, Institute of Aviation
    Prof. dr hab. Inż Aleksander Olejnik, Military University of Technology (tbc)
    Edward Margański, ZL Margański & Mysłowski
    Andrzej Papiorek, WKK
    Proxy of Industrial Development Agency JSC (tbc)

  • 10.30-10:45

    Coffee break

  • 10.45-11.45

    Panel VI: The importance of the ICT sector and its connections with the aviation industry. Digitisation as a carrier of the industrial revolution 4.0 in the aviation industry

    Digitalization of further industries branches is becoming a necessity. The collection, analysis and processing of data is the basis for innovation and growth in the competitiveness of enterprises. The use of simulators increases the quality of training and reduces its costs. The use of design software facilitates and accelerates the processes of creating new technological solutions. Cyber-security in the aviation industry and its challenges.

    dr hab. inż. Anna Timofiejczuk, Silesian University of Technology, Cooridinator of Digital Innovation Hub
    Piotr Oleśnicki, President of ITM Poland
    Atilla Gurabi, President of Hiros Supplier Cluster
    Czesław Janus, DataArt Poland Ltd.
    Jerzy Greblicki, Radical Automation Division Director of AIUT (tbc)

  • 11.45-12.00

    Coffe break

  • 12.00-13.00

    Panel VII: Space industry - a promising new industrial area for V4 companies. Interactions and opportunities for common research and production areas for both sectors of the economy.

    Anna Stańczyk, Vice President of Polish Space Agency
    prof. dr hab. Wojciech Moczulski, Silesian University of Technology, SkyTech Products Ltd.
    Mariusz Andrzejczak, Director of PCO
    Michał Wierciński, Director of PGZ
    Bartłomiej Płonka, President of Silesian Science and Technology Centre of Aviation Industry Ltd.
    Proxy of Creotech Instruments

  • 13.00-13.30

    Summary and Closing Ceremony.

  • 13.30-14.30

    Lunch and networking

9.00 – 13.00 Meeting of the German-Polish Research Centre for Light Hybrid Structures






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