MEMBERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS
VZLU actively develops contacts and cooperation with universities, research organizations, and industry through both national and international organizations.
VZLU has been a member of AZEA since 2022. The Alliance is a voluntary initiative of private and public partners who share the objective to prepare the entry into commercial service of hydrogen-powered and electric aircraft. It was established on the initiative of the European Commission and brought together almost 150 industrial enterprises, airlines, airports, and institutions. It is intended to contribute to the creation of an ecosystem for the decarbonization of aviation.
VZLU is EREA member since 2001. The Association comprises 9 national aerospace establishments of the EU. EREA has a strong influence on making European policy in aerospace research and technological development. Members of the Association are involved in the preparations of programmes to promote European research and development of new technologies.
VZLU is a member of the ESRE (Association of European Space Research Establisment) since 2018. The Association focuses on the coordination and integration of space-related research activities. The association focuses mainly on European industry and seeks to intensify the cooperation of its members with third parties in the field of space. It aims to increase the global competitiveness of the European space sector. Other members : Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences, CIRA, DLR, INTA, NLR and ONERA.
VZLÚ is a member of the International Forum for Aviation Research – IFAR, the world´s only aviation research establishment network. IFAR aims to connect research organisations worldwide, to enable the information exchange and communication by conducting Summits, workshops and conferences, hosting internet forums, etc., to develop views and recommendations on research strategies for the future and to develop among its members a shared understanding on challenges faced by the global aviation research community. The focus of IFAR is on non-competitive aviation research and development related to global technical challenges such as emission, noise, security, safety, efficient operations and steps to reduce the impact of aviation on climate and the environment.
As a supplier of research & development and testing work, VZLU collaborates closely with the Czech aerospace industry represented by ALKP. ALKP was established in 1994 to promote the Czech aerospace industry as a strategic industrial branch affecting strongly other industries. Today the Association comprises more than forty Czech companies and since 2000 it is a member of ASD – Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe.
Since 2008 VZLU has been an associate member of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences – ICAS. ICAS is a non-governmental non-profit scientific organization that was established in 1957 to ensure cooperation within aerospace companies. To become an ICAS member and work on its tasks is a privilege of international associations and societies dedicated to research and development in the field of aviation and space. Nowadays ICAS comprises 32 companies from many countries. It is mainly focused on organizing international meetings dealing with aerospace issues and topics and promoting international collaboration in aeronautics
VZLÚ is a member of the SATA (The Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association) from 2018. Association engaged in sharing practical information on solving problems that occur during aerodynamic experiments and during the operation of low speed aerodynamic tunnels. There are also presented individual measuring procedures and modernization activities leading to the maintenance of aerodynamic tunnels at a high technical level.
VZLU is a scientific and technical member of Organisation Scientifique et Technique du Vol à Voile (OSTIV). OSTIV is a specialized independent non-profit international organization associated to the World Air Sports Federation, FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale). It groups all important institutions, organizations and individuals engaged in scientific, technical and operational aspects of gliding. The task of OSTIV is to support and coordinate the scientific and technical development of gliding and the use of gliders in fundamental and applied research.