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.
On 20 April 2016 a delegation of the Faculty of Traffic and Transport Sciences and Croatian Aviation Training Center, led by the dean, Prof. Hrvoje Gold, visited the headquarters of the currently world’s largest manufacturer of trainer aircraft, Diamond Aircraft in Wiener Neustadt, the Republic of Austria. The visit came at the invitation of the owner and CEO of the company, g. Christian Dries, who was, together with his associates, a very cordial host.
During the visit, in a constructive, open and friendly atmosphere, a number of complementary areas of common interest for cooperation, especially in education, civil aviation and exploitation of trainer aircraft were established. Both sides expressed an interest in the start of the cooperation as soon as possible, in order to achieve a synergistic effect, with each of the partners focusing on their own area of excellence.
It was found that for both potential partners there is good will and intention for fruitful cooperation in many fields in the future. The leadership of both sides have agreed and decided to start an intensive search for areas of common interest and development of operational plans for concrete ways to achieve cooperation as well as a possible joint approach to third parties.
Department of Aeronautics has been privileged to host a visit by the Ambassador of French Republic to the Republic of Croatia, Ms. Michèle Boccoz on 18 April 2016. Ambassador was hosted by the Dean of the Faculty prof. Hrvoje Gold, accompanied by employees of the Department of Aeronautics. The direct reason for the visit was the third year of successful cooperation between the French military aviation academy and Faculty on mentoring of French officers during the preparation of their master theses.
During a short meeting, the Ambassador was briefed on the structure, study programs and activities of the Faculty, and after the meeting the Ambassador visited the premises of the Faculty Campus Borongaj where the French officers currently on exchange at the Faculty presented their progress in preparing their master theses. The Ambassador visited the Laboratory for air traffic control and Laboratory for aerodynamics, and at the latter she talked with students who gave her a first-hand account of student life and activities at the Faculty.
The Ambassador expressed her support for this form of cooperation and a desire to deepen the cooperation in the future to mutual benefit.
The meeting was also attended by the military attaché Colonel Laurent Vonderscher, attaché for scientific and university cooperation Ms. Jasna Bas, from the French Embassy, and prof. Doris Novak and prof. Biljana Juričić from the Faculty.
First Croatian business conference on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) was held on March 30th 2016 in Zagreb. The one-day conference, organized by IN2 group, has sold out in three weeks and attracted more than 350 attendees from business sector, regulators, and academia.
The conference, held in the HUB385 co-working space, was set-up in three parallel tracks: lectures and discussion, workshops, and flying area. Several keynote speeches were given at the beginning of the conference with speeches by Marina Fekonja Dragan (CCAA), Marinko Keser (CroControl Ltd), and Ivan Landek (DGU) stirring the most interest from the UAV operators.
In the second part of the conference, a series of case studies were presented by business and military organisations. Mr. Haris Balta, from the Belgian Royal Military Academy, presented the results of the ICARUS and TIRAMISU projects which showed cutting-edge robotics research in the field of search and rescue.
In the last part of the conference, several presentations were given by members of the academic community. Short presentation about integration of the UAV technology in the Masters degree study program at the Department of Aeronautics was given by dr. sc. Tomislav Radišić. Afterwards, a panel discussion was held on possibilities of commercialization of the research produced at the higher-education institutions.
Overall, the conference attracted a lot of attention from all stakeholders and even more ambitious plans for the next year are already underway.
On November 30 2015, a new class of 18 candidates selected by CroControl Ltd (Croatian ANSP) started their modular ATC basic training at the Croatian Air Traffic Control Education Centre, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences. Training will be 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 about basic theory needed for future rating training and for eventual work within the ANSP. Basic training covers following topics: Introduction, Air Law, Navigation, Air Traffic Management, Aircraft, Equipment and Systems, Human Factors, Meteorology, Professional Environment, and Aviation English.
With the help of ATC instructors, during the Basic training, the candidates will also gain valuable skills on the BEST radar simulator.
On 23 November 2015, a lecture on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operations regulation was held by Damir Bezik (Croatian Civil Aviation Agency) at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences. Mr. Bezik, who is the Head of the Flight Operations Department at CCAA, presented the relevant international and national regulation with emphasis on documentation required for class C and D operations.
The lecture was intended for second year students of the graduate study program in aeronautics as an addition to the coursework of the two courses: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operations and Quality Management in Aviation. Part of the coursework in these two courses is development, building and operation of the UAV (hexacopter) and creation of the documentation needed for the establishment of the UAV operations organization.
The lecture was also attended by prof. Stjepan Bogdan and his team from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, prof. Škorput from the Department of Intelligent Transportation Systems (FPZ), and Mr. Tihomir Šašić from the In2 Ltd.
On 12-13 November 2015, an international conference on air transport, INAIR 2015, was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The conference was hosted by the Aviation Academy of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
The topic of the 2015 INAIR Conference was finding ways to address the challenges of bringing innovation to the aviation industry without compromising safety and security. Keynote speakers came from the ranks of the most renowned organizations from Europe and USA, such as Miroslav Bartoš (European CANSO CEO Committee Chairman, Slovakia), Thomas Hoff Andersson (Copenhagen Airport, Denmark), Colin Meckiff (Eurocontrol, France), Gert Meijer (Aviation Academy, The Netherlands), John Wensveen (Purdue University, USA), and Henk Hesselink (NLR, The Netherlands).
The Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences was represented by four attendees: prof. Doris Novak, Bruno Antulov-Fantulin, Karolina Krajček, and Tomislav Radišić. Mr. Antulov-Fantulin presented his work on the method that can be used to detect controller workload saturation by measuring human-machine interactions, whereas Dr. Radišić presented the methods and best practices for development of the ATC research simulator.
On October 30th 2015, Department of Aeronautics hosted a meeting of potential partners on a project which will analyse the effect bora wind has on aircraft during take-off and approach phases of flight at the Dubrovnik airport. Opportunities and needs for cooperation on a series of topics which define this issue were discussed. Representatives from CroControl, Dubrovnik Airport, Faculty of Science, Meteorological and Hydrological Service, and Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences were present at the meeting with all participants officially endorsing the project. It was agreed that the project development will be continued during workshop which is to be held in near future. All participants showed full support for the project, support which will hopefully soon translate into start of the project activities that will enable better understanding of the effect bora has on the aircraft flight thus providing the airlines with relevant real-time information.
Na Zavodu za aeronautiku je 30.10.2015. održan sastanak potencijalnih partnera na projektu koji će analizirati utjecaj bure na let zrakoplova u fazama polijetanja i slijetanja na ZL Dubrovnik. Razmatrane su mogućnosti i potrebe za uspostavom suradnje na nizu pitanja koje definiraju predmetnu tematiku. Sastanku su prisustvovali predstavnici HKZP-a, ZL Dubrovnik, PMF-a, DHMZ i FPZ-a te je iskazana formalna potpora projekta. Dogovoren je nastavak razrade projektne ideje preko stručne radionice koja se planira provesti u bliskoj budućnosti. Iskazani interes svih sudionika daje za nadu skorom početku aktivnosti koje će dovesti do boljeg razumijevanja utjecaja bure na let zrakoplova na način da se zračnom prijevozniku pružaju relevantne informacije u realnom vremenu.
Dana 13.10.2015. u amfiteatru (objekt 69, ZUK Borongaj) od 08:00-09:30 sati bit će održano predavanje na temu Razvoj ATM-a u Europi i uloga Hrvatske kontrole zračne plovidbe d.o.o., predavanje će održati g. Dragan Bilać, direktor Hrvatske kontrole zračne plovidbe d.o.o.
On July 9 2015 a workshop was held for the teachers of HUSK and HZNS at the Department of Aeronautics.
According to HUSK Operations Manual it is defined that all teaching personnel participating in the theoretical training of air traffic controllers has to go through the initial training, renewal of knowledge and standardization of teachers. At the same time, they need to be continuously informed about the quality management system (i.e. acceptable means of compliance), and about the safety management system, as well as have refresher courses on teaching methods. When the above mentioned conditions are met, teachers’ certificates will be extended.
The workshop was organized by Biljana Juričić, Ph.D. and Anita Domitrović, Ph.D. Over forty members of teaching personnel participated in the workshop. Biljana Juričić, Ph.D. gave a presentation on EU regulation 2015/340, which affects HUSK training center and she also talked about the changes that are to happen as a result of it in the near future. Anita Domitrović, Ph.D. gave a presentation on pilot training in ATO according to PART FCL. The first guest speakers was Goran Vojković, Ph.D. who gave a presentation on the authorities of the European Union and the adoption of regulations in the EU. The second guest was Kristina Škaler, B.Eng. who talked about various approaches to teaching different generations of students.