On 7th December 2020, an online workshop was held in the organization of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences of the University of Zagreb, presenting the achieved goals of the Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport – KAAT project. The goal of this project is to connect education and training of personnel in the aviation sector. The development and adoption of the proposed Methodology for the Aviation Sectoral Qualification Framework was singled out as the primary step towards reaching this goal. Another significant activity presented at the workshop was the development of new approaches of cooperation between the industry and higher education in order to predict the future demand of aviation personnel in the labour market. The results and achievements of the study program IT Applied in Aviation, which was launched at University Politehnica of Bucharest and in which all partners in the project actively take part, were also presented. The workshop was organised for experts in the education sector and other interested parties – companies and individuals from the industry, all interested students and teachers at the Faculty.
On Thursday, October 1, 2020, a candidate Bruno Antulov-Fantulin, mag.ing.aeronaut., defended his doctoral dissertation titled: Air Traffic Complexity Model based on Air Traffic Controller Tasks. The doctoral thesis was written and defended in English and was held online via Microsoft Teams. Alongside the University of Zagreb members, there were guests from the foreign universities, such as ETH Zurich, Eskisehir Technical University, and the University of Belgrade. Beside the guests from various universities, members from different industries attended as well, such as local air navigation service providers, Thales, and the director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI), Mr. Parimal Kopardekar, Ph.D.
The doctoral defense council consisted of assistant professor Tomislav Radišić, Ph.D. (chairman), associate professor Biljana Juričić, Ph.D. (supervisor), and associate professor Cem Cetek, Ph.D. (member), who have graded the doctoral thesis defense with summa cum laude.
The thesis resulted in the first official patent application of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb and it is the first model that could easily be implemented for the operational purposes. Moreover, this is a great scientific contribution and a step forward in the complexity assessment calculations that the Department of Aeronautics has achieved.
Three students of the Department of Aeronautics (Petar Papoči, Dorea Antolović and Tea Dobroslavić) attended EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre (EEC) Traineeships from April till June/August 2020. During the traineeships, the students were supervised and guided by their EEC mentors Mrs. Angela Nuić, Mr. Jean-Christophe Perrin and Mrs. Marta Llobet Lopez and managed by Mr. Philippe Debels, Head of Simulators and Simulations Unit at EEC. Even though the traineeship was supposed to be completed at Eurocontrol Experimental Centre, due to corona pandemic, the traineeships were done remotely via on-line systems with the unselfish support and assistance of the mentors and numerous EEC experts.
The final result of the traineeships were three diploma thesis:
- Petar Papoči (supervised by Assistant Professor Karolina Krajček Nikolić): Modeling and Validation of BADA 4 Aircraft Piston Performance
- Dorea Antolović (supervised by Associate Professor Biljana Juričić): Development of Scenarios on the ESCAPE ATC Simulator
- Tea Dobroslavić (supervised by Associate Professor Biljana Juričić): Development of a Safety Performance Evaluation Process and Supporting Tool for Changes in ATM
Defence of Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis at the Department of Aeronautics was organized online via MS Teams during July and September 2020.
The following 25 students successfully defended their Bachelor’s thesis and obtained the academic degree of Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering: Marko Bošnjak, Filip Ferjančić, Darko Lučić, Filip Romić, Sanin Čengić, Antonio Živko, Stjepan Banović, Borna Bjelkanović, Laura Jovanović, Ilarija Ribić, Dominik Mikolčić , David Aušić, Ian Cvek Šekuljica, Antun Tonči Drožđek, Filip Ivanić, Dominik Majstorović, Luka Pančić, Ivan Vitek, Filip Zbodulja, Dora Sikavica, Karlo Brus, Marino Bukvić, Dominik Katavić, Lovro Dragoslavić and Lucija Matijašević.
12 students successfully defended their Master’s thesis and obtained the academic degree of Master of Aeronautical Engineering. These are Josip Trošić, Matija Cicnjak, Sara Marković, Mario Rubil, Luka Škorić, Vedrana Brkić, Rajan Dominić, Tesa Hudić, Petar Mage, Petar Papoči, Dorea Antolović and Tea Dobroslavić.
On 29th and 30th September 2020, the 18th ZIRP conference was held, organised by the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb, in cooperation with numerous partners including University Politehnica of Bucharest and UNESCO Chair of Engineering for Society, which are the leading partners of the Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport project (http://www.kaat.upb.ro/).
ZIRP is one of the region’s leading Conferences in the field of transport and logistics with international recognition (participants from around 20 countries). ZIRP provides the added value of networking, promoting solutions and ideas and strengthening one’s position in a professional environment.
As a part of the conference, a section was held at which the scientific papers resulting from the activities of the KAAT project were presented. The papers were published in the Proceedings which can be accessed via the link https://www.fpz.unizg.hr/zirp/zirp2020.php.
The representatives of Department of Aeronautics (ZAN) of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences participated in the Kick-off Meeting of H2020 project AI Situational Awareness Foundation for Advancing Automation (AISA). The meeting was organized by SESAR JU on 12th of June 2020 via Webex online due to COVID-19.
Together with 4 representatives of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, the meeting was attended by 16 representatives of other 6 organisations from Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany and Spain involved in the project and the SJU – Programme manager. The Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences is the coordinator of this project, which tends to increase the possibility for introduction of automation in air traffic management (ATM) by researching domain-specific application of transparent and generalizable artificial intelligence methods.
Therefore, the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences will work closely with all project partners to ensure collaborative approach and to achieve the main project objectives:
- explore the effects of human-machine distributed situational awareness and opportunities for automation of monitoring tasks in en-route operation
- identify the data needed by air traffic controller (ATCO) to ensure that the proposed solution is correct (transparency) and develop the method to provide that data
- investigate methods for adaptation of the automated system to changes of the environment ensuring business continuity and safety.
The Kick-off Meeting was very productive and the main activities for the period of next six months have been agreed. This implies the organisation of internal meetings within the project consortium as well as the organisation of the workshop, development of deliverables and activation of the project website.
Croatian Aviation Training Centre is happy to announce that our renewed aircraft Cessna 172 had its first test flight. Our renewed aircraft is a monumental step towards our goal of a modern fleet of aircraft. Aircraft meets all requirements set by the aviation authority for training in PBN environment.
Aircraft is equipped with:
- two Garmin G5 units that serve as Attitude indicator and HSI,
- Garmin GTN 750 unit as main Communication and Navigation unit,
- Garmin GTN 650 unit as secondary Communication and Navigation unit and
- J.P. Instruments EDM 900 Primary unit as a display unit for all our engine parameters.
The first test flight was performed on Friday 21st February at our main airfield Lučko (LDZL) by our skilled flight instructors Predrag Crnko and Stjepan Zabčić. We are delighted to announce that the checks went according to standards and first students will be able to fly it shortly.
Department of Aeronautics (ZAN) of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences participated at the ESCAPE Lıght for Academia and R&D Workshop from 27th till 30th January 2020 organised by EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre at Brétigny-sur-Orge near Paris. The workshop was organised as a training for current and future users of the ESCAPE Light air traffic control simulator that will be used for training and research activities. This simulator enables the most of the important and sophisticated features necessary to provide air traffic control.
The Faculty was represented by Associate Professor Biljana Juričić, Assistant Professors Karolina Krajček Nikolić and Tomislav Radišić and teaching assistants Petar Andraši and Tea Rogošić. The Faculty team had an opportunity to learn about the simulator hardware and software components and simulator structure. During this year, at least two more workshops for airspace design and data preparation are to be held.
The ZAN team at EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre
List of all participating institutions and users of the ESCAPE Light simulator
At EUROCONTROL headquarters in Brussels, on 16th of January 2020, 35 participants representing 22 organisations have contributed to a successful kick-off of a SESAR PJ.09-W2 Digital Network Management Services project focused on achieving final maturity phase of the following R&D topics:
- Improved air traffic prediction & shared complexity representation;
- Dynamic airspace configuration concept;
- Collaborative network performance management and network resilience concept.
Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences will work closely with Croatia Control Ltd. to achieve improved and shared Local and Regional air traffic intelligence leading towards better use of airspace capacity & ATCO productivity, less delays, higher predictability and better quality of service for Airspace users and passengers.
The Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences participated at the SESAR Innovation Days (SIDs) in Athens from December 2th till December 5th, 2019. The SIDs are the SESAR Joint Undertaking conference for disseminating results of its SESAR the most recent exploratory research projects, as well as the other ATM industry projects which gives an opportunity to transfer knowledge and to network professionals from this industry.
The Faculty was represented by Associate Professor Biljana Juričić, Assistant Professors Karolina Krajček Nikolić and Jurica Ivošević and teaching assistants Bruno Antulov-Fantulin, Petar Andraši and Tea Rogošić. The Faculty team had an opportunity to meet Mr. Philippe Debels and Mr. Dirk Schaeffer from EUROCONTROL and agreed to further cooperation and visit EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre in Bretigny in January 2020.
Professor Juričić and assistant Antulov-Fantulin had a poster presentation of the baseline results of the project Development of Common ATC Simulation Training Assessment Criteria Based on Future Pan European Single-Sky Targets (ATCOSIMA) with their partners from Eskişehir Technical University, Associate Professor Cem Çetek and Assistant Professor Fulya Aybek-Çetek.