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 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!
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.
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.
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)
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