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 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.
According to Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport (KAAT) project schedule, the 4th Steering Committee was held in Rome, Italy from 9th to 10th October 2019. The results of work package 5 were presented by Prof. Steliana Toma (UPB) and Prof. Doris Novak (UNIZG) in form of the Methodology for SQF and recognition of prior learning and work experience. Also, analysis of interim report was conducted as well as finalization of gap assessment and improvement of study programmes.
The International Conference “Air Transport Qualifications in the XXI Century” was held on 11th October 2019 with the agenda on future challenges, occupations and qualifications for the air transport sector. Upcoming changes and key technological transformations that will have an impact on current and future occupations and qualifications was presented, as well as new technological tools in the provision of training, learning needs of future generations, aligning curricula to the new needs of an evolving labor market.
On September 4, 2019, a meeting was held at the Croatian Air Force (CAF) Headquarters on the further development of successful cooperation related to the education of military pilots at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb. The meeting was hosted by Deputy Air Force Commander and Chieff of Staff Brigadier General Michael Križanec, with Colonel Goran Huljev, Colonel Ivica Mandušić, Lieutenant Colonel Željko Harapin, Lieutenant Ante Širić. The Faculty of Traffic and Transport Sciences was presented by Dean Tomislav Josip Mlinarić accompanied by Head of Department of Aeronautics prof. Doris Novak.
On behalf of the Croatian Air Force, General Križanec expressed strong support for the aeronautics study program, which as such has been developed and conducted at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences since 1992. Continuity in higher education for military officers – future CAF pilots is important to maintain, and the system needs to be continually adapted to technology developments, especially in aviation. In this way technical and technological development of the Air Force is guaranteed and the cooperation of a higher education institution such as the Faculty and the CAF can serve as a model example for the education of highly educated personnel for the armed forces. At the meeting, the analysis of the study program was presented and concrete actions and future cooperation on specific issues were agreed in order to further develop aeronautics study for CAF needs.
The Department of Aeronautics hosted an Air Traffic Services (ATS) and Airspace Management (ASM) Operational Services Forum at the Borongaj Science and Education Campus on Wednesday 12th June 2019. The Forum was organized by the Croatia Control Ltd with objective to provide regular consultations with airspace users.
The forum was attended by representatives of air alliances, aero clubs, the Croatian Unmanned Systems Association, Croatian Civil Aviation Agency, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of the Interior, Croatian Air Force, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, Croatian Firefighting Association, gliders, UAS operators, VFR pilots, and others..
This is the third such forum that is being organized at our Department within the framework of the Agreement on Scientific and Technical Cooperation. In this way, it recognizes the importance of the academic community and we are pleased that our institution becomes the center for the aviation community in the Republic of Croatia.
In addition, the Department of Aeronautics has actively participated in the discussions at the Forum with a presentation provided by flight instructor and teaching assistant Petar Andraši on topic of training flights of student pilots in the Croatian Aviation Training Center.
More information is available on http://www.crocontrol.hr/default.aspx?id=3916
The International Science Conference “Science and Traffic Development” (ZIRP 2019) was held in Opatija (Croatia) from 10th to 11th May 2019. The Department of Aeronautics presented a total of 4 papers at the conference:
- Project ATCOSIMA: Preliminary results and analysis of real-time ATC and flight cockpit simulations (Autori: F. Aybek Cetek, B. Antulov-Fantulin, P. Frost, K. Donmez, Z. Kaplan, T. Rogošić)
- Development of common ATC simulation training assessment criteria based on future Pan European Single-Sky targets (ATCOSIMA): A project overview (Autori: C. Cetek, B. Juričić, T. Feuerle, T. Radišić)
- The effect of Lučko CTR upper limit extension on air traffic indicators in Zagreb TMA – A preliminary analysis (Autori: K. Jerinić, B. Juričić, P. Andraši, I. Francetić)
- Recognition of prior learning based on competence-based training in aviation sector (Autori: D. Novak, S. E. Zaharia, M. Pavlinović, R. Romanović) – (KAAT project)
As part of the conference, among other distinguished speakers, a invited lecture was held by prof. Sorin Eugen Zaharia, PhD on the topic: Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport – a European project for Aviation 4.0. This presentation and activity is related to Erasmus + KA2 Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport project (ref. No. 588060-epp-12017-1-RO-EPPKA2-KA).
Link to proceedings: https://www.fpz.unizg.hr/zirp/zirp2019.php
Organized by the Department of Aeronautics, Croatia Control and Croatia Airlines, the 3rd Steering Committee (SC3) of the Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport (KAAT) Erasmus+ KA2 project was held in the Faculty of Transport Sciences and Croatia Control from 13 to 14 December. The meeting was attended by partners from European universities and aerospace companies participating in the KAAT project.
Considerable issues were raised regarding the establishment of new study programs and the agreed dynamics of future co-operation in the development of human resources in aviation sector. The meeting was also an opportunity for a better acquaintance with partners from the academia and industry. As part of the SC3 activity, Croatia Control was presented, where during the working visit the participants could get acquainted with the operational way of implementing the ATCO training and their work in the area control center (ACC).
On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, a ceremony marking the 27th anniversary of the founding of the Croatian Air Force (HRZ) was held at the 93. Air Force Base in Zemunik near Zadar.
The ceremony was attended by the delegation of the President of the Republic of Croatia and the supreme commander of the Croatian Armed Forces and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia and Defense Minister Damir Krstičević, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia, General Mirko Šundov, and Commander of HRZ Brigadier General Mato Mikić,
As part of the ceremony the Aeronautical Division of the Faculty of Traffic and Transport Sciences received a HRZ Acknowledgment of Achievement for competent, professional and committed support in the education of Croatian pilots. “You make a difference today for our aviation in the future”, says in the charter.
At the ceremony, the Acknowledgment of Achievement was presented to the Dean Prof. Tomislav Josip Mlinarić and Head of Aeronautical Division Prof. Doris Novak.
At the Department of Aeronautics, the education of Croatian Air Force officers was carried out in the period from 26th to 30th November 2018. The programme featured the following topics: introduction to safety, safety management, reporting and emergency situations.
This is the second such course designed by the Department of Aeronautics for the needs of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia and is an example of excellent co-operation on education in the area of common interest.
On 3rd October 2018 Prof. Tomislav Josip Mlinarić, PhD, the dean of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Vlado Bagarić, the director general of Croatia Control Ltd., Jasmin Bajić, the president and the CEO of Croatia Airlines and Ivica Grebenar, the CEO of Aeronautical Technical Centre J.S.C. signed a Cooperation agreement on European scientific and research project in the field of aviation at the Faculty of Traffic Sciences.
This is the first time that Croatian market leader companies from aviation industry actively cooperate with the scientific community and take part in a major European project that aims to improve and promote innovation in higher education.
Air transportation industry requires constant modernisation of current and development of new jobs that are performed by highly qualified workers with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills. The partners from six EU countries are involved in this project to mutually develop a new study programme and innovative curricula as well as to develop a joint international study program. This study program will introduce innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and will help in establishing a strong cooperation between the scientific community and the aviation industry.
Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport (KAAT) project is a part of ERASMUS+ Programme Key Action 2 (Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices). It aims to improve European innovation capacities and encourage innovation in higher education. The project coordinator is the University Politehnica of Bucharest and toghether with the partners from Croatia, the companies and universities from Portugal, France, Italy, Slovakia and Romania are involved in the project (altogether 6 universities and 17 companies from aviation industry). The KAAT project started on 1st January 2018 and will last for 36 months. The value of the project is 1 million Euros. Project coordinator for Croatian partners participating in the KAAT project is Prof. Doris Novak.
The KAAT project supports the development of a joint international study program that will be in line with the changing demands of the society and the economy, taking into account the needs and requirements of the labour market in aviation field and in that way enhance employability, self-employability and entrepreneurship. In addition, this study program will be tailored to the needs of the labour market and in accordance with the Croatian Qualification Framework that sets national occupational standards and qualifications. It will also improve and strengthen cooperation with other national and international institutions and organizations in the field of aviation.