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.
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.
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.
For their significant contribution trough last several years to the Development of Aeronautics at the Faculty of Traffic and Transport Sciences, capt. Josip Grgec (Director of Operation at Croatia Airlines) and col. Goran Huljev (commander of the Pilot school at Croatian Air Force) received Charter of Recognition. Ceremony was held in Borongaj campus on 10 October 2016 during the celebration of the Faculty’s Day. We hope that the good cooperation will continue further on, and once more, as a Department give our gratitude to our friends and colleagues.
On October 3rd 2016, a new class of 12 candidates selected by CroControl Ltd (Croatian ANSP) started their ATC basic training at the Croatian Air Traffic Control Training Centre, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences. 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 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. This generation of candidates is undergoing the training for ATC according to the EU regulation 2015/340.
With the help of the ATC instructors, during the Basic training, the candidates will also gain valuable skills on the BEST radar simulator. For the first time at the Croatian Air Traffic Control Training Centre, candidates will take part in practical simulator training for all three air traffic control units, Aerodrome, Area Control and Approach control.
Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences (Department of Aeronautics) had the privilege to host the summit on Flexible Use of Airspace in Croatia on Wednesday 15 June 2016. The summit was organized by Croatia Control Ltd., with focus on informing all airspace users and other stakeholders in aviation on the subject. As one of the aviation stakeholder, the Department activities were presented by assistant professor Biljana Juričić. Future projects in redesigning the lower airspace was also presented by representatives of CroControl. The fruitful discussion that followed leads to conclusion that the summit aims were achieved in full, and that dialogue between national representatives and airspace users can be maintained and improved in future.
Continuing with good cooperation with the industry, representatives of Croatia Airlines held a meeting with undergraduate students (commercial pilot module) on Wednesday June 8 at the Department of Aeronautics. Meeting was initiated by capt. Josip Grgec, Director of Operations, accompanied by capt. Tomo Hubak (Dash Q400) and f/o Nikica Klasić (A319/320). All of them are alumni of our Faculty. Capt. Grgec explained the need for educated pilots at the company, possibilities for professional development, and relayed his observations on pilot’s market worldwide. Capt. Hubak and f/o Klasić told their stories and personal experience on their journey from graduated aeronautical students to airline pilots. Very interested part of the meeting was capt. Grgec’s explanation of future training plans and possibilities of employment within the company. Students expressed their interest by attending the lecture in large number and by asking a lot of proficient and well structurated questions. We hope that this kind of gathering will continue in the future.