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.
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.
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
An educational workshop was held at the Croatian Air Traffic Control Training Centre (HUSK) on May 2nd, 2016. The workshop was conducted by assistant professor Biljana Juričić, PhD, the Head of Training at HUSK. She explained that the new European Regulation (EU REG 2015/340) for the training of air traffic controllers came into force on June 30th, 2015 and that all HUSK training plans and programmes are EU REG 2015/340 compliant although Croatian Civil Aviation Agency is using the derogation of the Regulation. The following HUSK plans and programmes are now in use: Basic ATCO Training Plan and Program – Undergraduate Study, Basic ATCO Training Plan and Program – Training Course, Basic ATCO Training Plan and Program – Conversion). Prof. Juričić presented differences between the old and the new air traffic controller’s plans and programmes, as well as the changes in quality and safety management of HUSK.
She also presented the new Synthetic Training Device Instructor Training Course which will be used for the instructor training during this year. The most of the certified HUSK instructors (employees of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, associates from Croatia Contol ltd. and from Meteorological and Hydrological Service) attended the educational workshop.
On 1st April Croatian Air Traffic Control Training Centre (HUSK) awarded the Basic Air Traffic Controller Licence Certificates to the 15 candidates who successfully completed the Basic Air Traffic Controller Course at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences in Zagreb. This 7th generation of candidates who have successfully completed the training, are going to continue their rating training abroad.
The training course for the CroControl Ltd. was carried out by HUSK. The course started on 30th November 2015 and it lasted for 15 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 the MicroNav BEST radar simulator.
During the certificate award ceremony Mr. Dragan Bilać, the CroControl CEO, and Renata Zlopaša, the head of training for pre-on-the-job training in CroControl Ltd., delivered a short speech. Professor Hrvoje Gold, PhD, the Dean of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, 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 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.
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.