As a part of an Erasmus+ student exchange program, Itziar Bueno Tintoré, undergraduate student of Aerospace Engineering from School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering of Terrassa, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, successfully accomplished the research and defended Bachelor Thesis at Department of Aeronautics, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences. Student Itziar Bueno Tintoré had an assignment to design and build a force balance for a small low speed wind tunnel AT-1 installed in Laboratory of Aerodynamics at Campus Borongaj. The purpose of building the force balance is to provide an accessible tool to do measurements in the Faculty’s wind tunnel, now used mostly for demonstration purposes. The design is intended to be inexpensive and understandable for students and it includes the base, the structure of the balance, and the means to transmit the forces to the sensors, along with the data acquisition methodology to process the results. The latter is made possible by using three load cells: two to measure lift and pitching moment, and another one to measure drag. Data processing is performed by an Arduino, which also enables a quick and easy calibration and tare process. The electronics and the accompanying code have been tested, while the structure design is left ready to be built. This work also includes a User’s manual of the force balance. The thesis titled “DESIGN OF A THREE-AXIS WIND TUNNEL FORCE BALANCE” was written under mentorship of Karolina Krajček Nikolić. The evaluation committee members, Tomislav Radišić, Davor Franjković and Karolina Krajček Nikolić, evaluated the thesis and defense with highest grade.
On May 28th, 2018 a new class of 10 candidates selected by CroControl Ltd (Croatian ANSP) started their ATC basic training at the HUSK (Croatian Air Traffic Control Training Centre of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences). The candidates are selected for aerodrome control.
The training is being held by employees of the Department of Aeronautics with significant input from the ATC instructors employed by CroControl. The goal of the course is to teach the candidates basic theory and skills needed for future work and rating training. The basic training covers following topics: Introduction, Air Law, Navigation, Air Traffic Management, Aircraft, Equipment and Systems, Human Factors, Meteorology, Professional Environment, and Aviation English. The training is compliant to EU regulation 2015/340.
On 25 May 2018, the validation for SESAR 2020 project PJ01 – EAMAN was successfully finished.
The SESAR Enhanced Arrival and Departures research project (EAD) address the development of concepts, tools and procedures to increase the capacity of extended TMAs (E-TMAs) to meet forecast traffic growth in a safe, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner. This will be achieved by taking advantage of the latest technological developments from both an airborne and a ground-system prospective and through secure sharing of data. The project will focus on operational improvements to the flow of arriving and departing traffic within the E-TMA that aim to increase airspace capacity and cost efficiency, improve safety and predictability and provide greater fuel efficiency and environmental sustainability.
The SESAR PJ01 team was put together by COOPANS and SESAR partners; Thales, Airbus, LFV, Naviair, Austro Control, Croatia Control and FPZ (Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb). After the first validation, some conclusions were drawn by the team. Implementation of Controlled Time of Arrival (CTA) with Arrival Manager (AMAN) in the artificial airspace resulted in about the same amount of workload as if Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) would have used standard procedures. However, using features of Time to lose/Time to gain (TTL/TTG), generated a significant increase in workload but negotiable, considering the use of Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) some believe that it could decrease the workload. For further stages of the project, ATCOs have pointed out the need for more flexible sectorization when using TTL/TTG, corporation of AMANs for crossing traffic and reduction of airspace and traffic complexity.
The Department of Aeronautics is privileged to host Assistant professor Alena Novak Sedlackova i Full professor Andrej Novak (both from University of Zilina, Katedra leteckej dopravy), on June 14th 2018 at 10.15 AM, in lecture room D3, Building 70. Lecture topics are CNS and economic regulation of airports. Official language is english. You are all invited, welcome!
On 10-11 May 2018, an international conference on science and traffic development, ZIRP 2018, was held in Opatija, Croatia. The conference was hosted by the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb.
The topic of the 2018 ZIRP Conference was finding ways to address the challenges of bringing innovation to the traffic industry without compromising safety and security. Keynote speakers came from the ranks of the most renowned organizations from Europe, such as Mrs. Bakran Marcich (Deputy Director-General European Commission Mobility and Transport, Croatia), Dr. Cem Cetek (Anadolu University, Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Turkey), Dr. Hans-Dietrich Haasis (University of Bremen, Maritime Business and Logistics, Germany), Dr. Fernando Liesa (Alliance for Logistics Innovation, Spain), Mr. Siniša Reljić (Navs Consult, Croatia), Dr. Marcin Seredynski (Volvo E-Bus Competence Center, Luxemburg), Dr. Dražen Vrhovski (Wawa Group, e-mobility solutions, Croataia) and Dr. Mateusz Zajac (Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical Enginering, Poland).
The Department of Aeronautics was represented by four attendees: prof. Doris Novak, prof. Biljana Juričić, Dr. Tomislav Radišić, Mr. Bruno Antulov-Fantulin and Mr. Petar Andraši. Mr. Andraši presented his work on the flight test validation of PBN concept of operation in terminal area in simulated environment, whereas Mr. Antulov-Fantulin presented his work on the Air Traffic Controller assessment of the Free Route Airspace implementation within Zagreb Area Control Centre and Dr. Radišić presented the challenges and solutions for urban UAV operations.
The Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences was privileged to host Capt James R Lee, the former US Coast Guard pilot and currently Captain and Lead Line Check Pilot for the B717 and CS100 aircraft, on 15th March 2018. Capt Lee held guest lecture about his rich military and civil career as well as Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) that enables pilots to report errors to their company without risk of disciplinary action and Threat and Error Management (TEM) tool that enables crews to learn new strategies to identify threats in advance, how to prevent errors from reoccurring and the importance of creating time when faced with uncertain circumstances. The lecture was held for all military and civil pilot students at the Department of aeronautics. It was very interesting and the students had a lot of questions for the captain.
The Department of Aeronautics is privileged to host Capt James R Lee, on March 15th 2018 at 10.15 AM, in lecture room D3, Building 70. Captain Lee is a former US Coast Guard pilot and currently Captain and Lead Line Check Pilot for the B717 and CS100 aircraft. Official language of the lecture is English and the chairman will be Full Professor Tino Bucak, PhD. The most interesting details from captain’s CV are presented below. You are all invited, welcome!
Captain Lee graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a BS degree in Applied Mathematics in 1986. He was initially assigned as a Deck Watch Officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Buttonwood, a buoy tender in the Gulf of Mexico. After that he attended US Navy Flight Training and was then assigned to fly theCoast Guard’s HC-130H aircraft. After tours of duty in Clearwater FL and Kodiak, AK, Lee left the Coast Guard and was hired by Delta Air Lines in Atlanta GA in 1996. During his time with Delta, Captain Lee has accumulated more than 20,000 flight hours in the B727, MD88, MD90, B737, B757, B767, B717 and CS100 aircraft.
In 2011 Captain Lee was selected to become a Line Check Pilot on the MD88. Line Check Pilots are responsible for training and evaluating new line pilots as well as conducting “standardization checks” on current line pilots. In 2013 Captain Lee was selected to become a Lead Line Check Pilot for the B717. Lead Line Check Pilots not only train, evaluate and check line pilots, they are also responsible for the training and mentoring of Line Check Pilots. In 2016 Captain Lee was selected to become a Lead Line Check Pilot on the new CS100 Aircraft.
Over the last several years Captain Lee has also been a key member of Delta’s ASAP ERC team. Aviation Safety Action Program or ASAP is a system that enables Pilots to report errors to their company without risk of disciplinary action. This arrangement promotes a “just culture” and enable the airline to adjust pilot training and education bases on the feedback that comes through the ASAP system. Some events that are reported via the ASAP system are egregious enough that the crew requires additional Threat and Error Management training. This training is conducted in a non-punitive manner and is designed to ensure crew competency. Captain Lee has served as one of two primary “de-briefers” that are responsible for conducting this training.
As a “de-briefer” Captain Lee has conducted more than 100 face to face interviews with crews that have made serious errors. These interviews include a discussion of the technical issues as well as the Human Factors issues that contributed to the event. Delta has developed and Threat and Error Management (TEM) Tool that enables crews to learn new strategies to identify threats in advance, how to prevent errors from reoccurring and the importance of creating time when faced with uncertain circumstances. The combination of ASAP, ERC debriefing and the TEM model are ground breaking and have placed Delta at the forefront of aviation safety in North America.
Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport is an ERASMUS+ KA2 project (Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices) which aims at strengthening Europe’s innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education. The First Steering Committee (Kick-off Meeting) and the Launch Conference were held in Bucharest on 25th and 26th January 2018 and were hosted by lead partner “University Politehnica”.
Air transport asks for the development of smart jobs which are performed by a highly qualified workforce with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills. Such workforce undergoes a series of regulated and extensive trainings, which are related to jobs in their companies, to complete and permanently upgrade initial education. The KAAT project identifies the need for a link between the two pathways by issuing a methodology for Aviation Sectorial Qualification Framework that serves as a basis for recognition of prior learning or work experience. This allows the creation of coherent and flexible pathways and compliance between EC tools and ICAO and EASA regulations. The project objective is to develop a new study curriculum by applying innovative approaches in teaching and learning based on ICT tools, using the mutual and interdependent knowledge of 17 partners from education and business sectors from 7 countries: Croatia, France, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, and Slovakia. The project also aims at fostering a new attitude towards university and industry cooperation in aviation, and university updated and refreshed study programmes, taking into consideration the future demand of aviation labor market in terms of skills and competences.
Croatian team in the KAAT project is represented by the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Croatia Airlines, Croatia Control and Aeronautical Technical Center.
On 13 December 2017 the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Science and the Croatia Control Ltd. signed an agreement on scientific, teaching, and technical cooperation. The agreement establishes a framework for the development and establishment of curricula that will be aligned with the needs of the Croatia Control, primarily in the sense of high education of air traffic controllers, as well as of other personnel. In addition, the agreement laid the foundations for collaboration on larger projects involving research and development. A common goal was achieved in terms of exploiting all the existing technical and human resources available, in order to develop a system of education that would be competitive with similar programs in the EU, the center of which would be in the Republic of Croatia.
ATCOSIMA project kick-off meeting was held in Zagreb on 25 and 26 October 2017. It is a three-year ERASMUS+ project, Action: Strategic Partnership for Higher Education. The project brings together Anadolu University (AU), Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb (ZFOT) and Technische Universität Braunschweig (TUBS). A consortium has been formed, with Anadolu University being the project coordinator. Experts from the aeronautical departments of the mentioned institutions will be working together on the project which deals with air-traffic controllers’ training. The primary objective of this project is to develop common assessment criteria for simulation training courses within the Air Traffic Controller (ATCO) basic training in order to improve students’ competencies regarding working effectively and in harmony within the integrated Pan-European air traffic system. The expected results are the development of standardized ATC training regarding economic targets of integrated ATM management in Europe, increased awareness of flight efficiency and, improved employment and mobility opportunities for ATCO candidates.