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.
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.
This year INAIR conference was held in Vienna on the 10th and 11th of November . It was accompanied by the whole Department of Aeronautics whilst teaching assistant Petar Andraši and student Sužnjević Matija held the oral presentation about GNSS Final Approach Trajectory Analysis for General Aviation Aircraft.
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.
On 28 April 2016 graduate students of the Department of Aeronautics, led by the teachers, Tomislav Radišić and Jurica Ivošević, visited the Laboratory for Remote Sensing and GIS of the Faculty of Forestry, University of Zagreb. The visit came at the invitation of the Head of the Laboratory and vice dean of the Faculty, Professor Renata Pernar, who was, together with her team, a very cordial host.
The visit, held in a constructive and friendly atmosphere, was divided into two parts. First part was the presentation of interesting projects which use remote sensing technology in the field of forestry. In the second part of the visit students were introduced to practical examples of analogue and digital image processing. Both parts are very important for understanding the practical uses of theoretical knowledge acquired at Airborne Reconnaissance and Surveillance course and later at Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Operations course.
We hope to continue cooperation in the coming years.
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 29 January 2016, group of current and former elementary school “Ljubo Babić” students from Jastrebarsko with their teacher Irena Peruš came to visit Aerodynamic Laboratory at Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences. They were interested into wind tunnel operational possibilities and background physics for lift creation since they also made their own wind tunnel and won the 3rd prize on national competition in physics this year in Trogir. At the Aerodynamic Laboratory, students from Jastrebarsko met master diploma students of Aeronautics who showed them flight possibilities of their octacopter drone and 3D printer used for making some of the drone parts.
During the stay students also visited Laboratory for Control of Air Navigation where they saw BEST radar simulator used for air traffic controller training and for scientific research and Laboratory for Modelling and Simulation of Railway Systems.