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.
At the Department of Aeronautics a Safety Management System (SMS) training course was conducted from the 18th – 21st September 2017 for the employees of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Croatia and Croatian Air Force.
Fifteen participants attended a four-day course and gained basic knowledge in air traffic safety and SMS regulation requirements, management systems and establishing SMS in aviation organisations with emphasis on occurrence reporting, risk assessment and safety culture.
On the 14th of September 2017, Department of Aeronautics, together with the management of the Faculty, visited the 93rd Croatian Air Force Base Zemunik. The primary purpose of the visit was to evaluate the presentation of undergraduate theses for the students of aeronautics attending the military pilot module. Besides the presentations of the theses, there was also time for a quick tour of the air base and its aircraft and helicopters.
Colonel Goran Huljev (commander of the Air Force Training Center) and the management of the Faculty talked about the future and importance of military training within the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences in Zagreb.
On 17th of March 2017 Croatian Air Traffic Control Training Centre (HUSK) awarded the Basic Air Traffic Controller Licence Certificates to the 12 candidates who successfully completed the Basic Air Traffic Controller Course at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences in Zagreb. This 8th generation of candidates who have successfully completed the training, are going to continue their rating training abroad.
The basic training course for the CroControl Ltd. was carried out by HUSK. The course started on 3rd of October 2016 and it lasted for 24 weeks. Through the basic training course, the candidates completed 9 theoretical courses and as a part of ATM course they have completed practical simulator training on all three simulator exercises, Aerodrome, Approach and Area control on the MicroNav BEST radar simulator.
During the certificate award ceremony Ms. Jadranka Majić and Mr. Ivica Topić from the CroControl Ltd., delivered a short speech. Associate professor Biljana Juričić, PhD, the head of theoretical training, and Associate professor Anita Domitrović, PhD, quality and safety manager, awarded the candidates their basic air traffic control license certificates.
On the 3rd of February 2017 second-year air traffic control students from the Department of aeronautics visited the Zagreb air traffic control tower. During the visit they were able to see first hand the environment of aerodrome air traffic controllers and how they work. For students, it was interesting to see the link between the theory and the practical work of air traffic controllers. Aerodrome OJT instructor Stanka Radić explained the students in detail the working equipment of air traffic controllers and how they work during the shift.
The air traffic controller Practical Instructor training was held in Croatia for the first time during last weeks. The training was organized and provided by HUSK (Croatian Air Traffic Control Training Centre) according to the Synthetic Training Device Instructor (STDI) Training Course approved by Croatian Civil Aviation Agency in accordance to the EU REG 2015/340.
ATCOs that successfully finished the first STDI training course are: Hrvoje Pavić, Željko Oreški, Igor Roščak and Marin Andrijašević. After successfully finishing STDI training course they have acquired prerequisite to become STDI instructors and gain STDI endorsement in ATCO licence. STDI endorsement enables them to provide practical training during all phases of ATCO training before the beginning of the on-the-job-training (OJT). HUSK’s qualified theoretical and OJT instructors and assessors participated in the provision of STDI training.
New STDI instructors Hrvoje Pavić and Željko Oreški with HUSK representatives Assist. Prof. Anita Domitrović (Quality and Safety Manager in HUSK), Assist. Prof Biljana Juričić (Head of Training in HUSK) and teaching assistant Bruno Antulov-Fantulin (SIM specialist in HUSK)
New STDI instructors Marin Andrijašević, Igor Roščak and Hrvoje Pavić with HUSK representatives Assist. Prof. Biljana Juričić (Head of Training in HUSK), teaching assistant Bruno Antulov-Fantulin (SIM specialist in HUSK) and Zoran Jakšić (OJTI/Assessor in HUSK)
From 21st November 2016 HUSK (Croatian Air Traffic Control Training Centre) is in compliance with the requirements of the EU REG 2015/340 as ATCO Training Organization. HUSK has been awarded ATCO Training Organization certificate (HR.ATCOTO.01) by Croatian Civil Aviation Agency and received the approval to provide following types of training and courses:
- ATCO INITIAL TRAINING – BASIC TRAINING COURSE
- PRACTICAL INSTRUCTOR TRAINING – SYNTHETIC TRAINING DEVICE INSTRUCTOR (STDI) TRAINING COURSE
For the first time in Croatian aviation history one organization gained approval for the provision of ATCO practical instructor training. This achievement enables Croatian ATCO training organizations to train their new STDI instructors in Croatia. Successfully finished STDI training course allows candidates to gain STDI endorsement which is a prerequisite to provide practical training. At the same time, STDI training course is open for candidates from other training organizations and air navigation services.
This year INAIR conference was held in Vienna on the 10th and 11th of November . It was accompanied by the whole Department of Aeronautics whilst teaching assistant Petar Andraši and student Sužnjević Matija held the oral presentation about GNSS Final Approach Trajectory Analysis for General Aviation Aircraft.
Mr. Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA (European Agency for Aviation Safety Agency) spent two days in Croatia in a working visit. On the October 28 Croatian Civil Aviation Agency (CCAA) organized a meeting where Mr. Ky met the leaders and representatives of the Croatian aviation industry (CCAA, Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, major Croatian airports, Croatia Airlines, Croatia Control ltd. as well as HUSK and HZNS as training organizations of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences).
Executive Director of EASA introduced participants to new trends in international civil aviation, current and future regulation requirements in safety and security, the priorities of EASA in the future and the role and importance of Croatian aviation authorities and stakeholders in Europe.
Representatives of HUSK (Assistant Professor Biljana Juričić, Head of Training) and HZNS (Mr. Izidor Alfirević, Accountable Manager) actively participated during the meeting. They introduced Mr. Ky to the activities of HUSK and HZNS and gave constructive comments on safety regulation requirements.
Mr. Izidor Alfirević and Ass. Prof. Biljana Juričić on the meeting with Mr. P. Ky, the Executive Director of EASA