Doing the inside job
P.J. Wilcynski will never forget his first airplane ride. The commercial flight carried him and his family from Syracuse, New York, to a vacation in Miami. The experience also
went a long way to determining his career path.
As a boy that day, Wilcynski was fascinated with the interior of the airplane, how the flight attendant efficiently worked the galley, how all the different sections neatly fit together.
“Everything seemed like it was designed for a purpose and there was a place for everything,” he said. “It was life-changing, it really was.”
Wilcynski is a Boeing Senior Technical Fellow based in Everett, Washington, the first STF with payloads expertise. He’s an airline industry expert in interior architecture,
configuration, and airline operational and regulatory requirements. He’s worked at Boeing for almost four decades, knowing all along exactly what he wanted to do. He joined Boeing after graduating from MIT with an architectural design degree.
For nearly two decades, Wilcynski has immersed himself in interiors product development, beginning with the Sonic Cruiser and carrying over to the ensuing twin-aisle programs, making advancements with each new design. As an STF, Wilcynski has the added responsibility of inspiring colleagues to share in his devotion to interiors.
“My focus for the near term is creating a space and environment for others to learn from my experiences and carry on with what we do,” he said.
Photo: Boeing, Paul Gordon