EDC harbors a lot of talented engineers. Łukasz Grabowski, GE Aviation, Advanced Lead Engineer in Mechanical Design, is also a titled competitor of gliding contests and a representative of Poland in the 15-meter class gliding competitions. Among his biggest achievements there are 2nd place at 35th FAI World Gliding Championships in 2018, 3rd place at 34th FAI World Gliding Championships in 2017, Polish vice-championship in June 2016 and 2nd place at Junior World Gliding Championships in 2011, covering 960 km in one flight.
This year he won the Flight Challenge Cup in Slovakia, in the combi class, that consists of competitors flying on different gliders.
As the gliding season has ended, we talked with Łukasz about this year’s competitions in the new, COVID-19 reality. Is it possible to glide out of season? How long does the World Gliding Championships lasts? Those are just a few questions that were answered in this podcast.
Łukasz told us a little about his passions and what he would do if he was not gliding in nearly every free time that he has. Adding more competitions to that, plus some training sessions, you can imagine that’s not too easy to work full-time job as an engineer and train on the world-class level.
But, as you can see, in Łukasz’s case, not even sky is the limit. 😊 We encourage you to listen to this 11-minutes chat , so that you can know more about gliding (one of the most avionics sports there is) and about Łukasz himself.
We also invite you to check that archival interview with Łukasz, that we conducted in 2018, when he took the 3rd place at 34th FAI World Gliding Championships, in 15 meter class gliders.
Gliding has been Łukasz’s passion since he was 16. After 4 years of practicing, in 2006, he started taking part in various gliding competitions. Now he is a member of the Polish national team, representing our country at different gliding events all around the world. Among his biggest achievements there are: 2nd place at 35th FAI World Gliding Championships in 2018, 3rd place at 34th FAI World Gliding Championships in 2017, Polish vice-championship in June 2016 and 2nd place at Junior World Gliding Championships in 2011, covering 960 km in one flight.