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
In order to further improve already good cooperation with Croatian Air Force (CAF) and academic community in the field of education of military pilots in Croatia, brigadier general Miroslav Kovač, Commander of the Croatian Air Force, meet with the representatives of Faculty of Traffic and Transport Sciences, prof. Ernest Bazijanac (vice dean) and assoc. prof. Doris Novak (head of the Aeronautical Division). Meeting was held on 12 October 2016 at the Croatian Air Force HQ and was accompanied with several other experts from the air force and other military branches. General Kovač emphasized that the CAF is more than satisfied with the model of education at the Faculty of Traffic and Transport Sciences, level of knowledge that future military pilots have after finishing part of their higher education at the Faculty. He also concluded that learning outcomes are well suited to the profiles that CAF needs. It is expected that CAF will provide full analysis of their future needs, and that the Faculty and Croatian Air Force will continue their long-lasting tradition in education of military pilots as aeronautical engineers and military experts.
Two French Air Force Academy cadets 2nd Lieutenants Mathilde Marc and Mathilde Widehem have spent 15-week internship at the Department of Aeronautics of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences.
During their stay at the Department of Aeronautics they worked as a team members of the wider project dealing with the improvement of the air traffic control simulators and have finished their diploma thesis. 2nd Lieutenant Mathilde Marc worked on the “Development of the 3D TWR simulator” under the supervision of assistant professor Biljana Juričić, while 2nd Lieutenant Mathilde Widehem worked on the “Development of a Radar Model for ATC Simulation” under the supervision of Jurica Ivošević, PhD.
On the June 21 2016. they successfully defended their diploma thesis at the French Air Force Base in Salon de Provence in France.
Assistant professor Biljana Juričić with two French students after their diploma thesis defence at the French Air Force Base in Salon de Provence.
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.
Croatian national airliner Croatia Airlines and Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences of University of Zagreb (Department of Aeronautics) singed annex to previous Agreement on scientific and technical cooperation. Annex will regulate and promote mutual cooperation on Life-Long Learning (LLL) concept that is promulgated on the Department of Aeronautics for commercial pilot education and training. With the help of LLL concept, students and other candidates will be able to continue their training on specific type of commercial aircraft, immediately upon successfully completing education at the Faculty. It is believed that this cooperation will contribute towards development of personal potentials of the candidates in order to allow them to increase their competences and employability at the job market.