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The Department of Aeronautics received a new doctor of science

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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.

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Students of the Department of Aeronautics have successfully finished EUROCONTROL Traineeships!

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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

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.

Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences at the 9th SESAR Innovation Days in Athens

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.

The Faculty team

The Faculty team

Mr. Schaeffer and Mr. Debels, 3rd and 4th  from the left

Mr. Schaeffer and Mr. Debels, 3rd and 4th
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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.

ATCOSIMA poster at SID 2019

ATCOSIMA poster at SID 2019

Colleagues from Turkey

Colleagues from Turkey

Award ceremony at the Department of aeronautics

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On December 10, 2019, Department of Aeronautics, Univerity of Zagreb held an award ceremony to show appreciation and gratitude to the associates from aviation industry that contributed to the new work of the Department by being involved in the scientific research, projects and classes.

A special appreciation letter was given to our first head of Department, prof. Ernest Bazijanc.

Prof. Doris Novak giving speach

Prof. Doris Novak giving a speech and thanking all the guests for their contribution to the Department

Prof. Ernest Bazijanac reciving a special letter of apritiation

Prof. Ernest Bazijanac, the first head of Department receiving a special letter of appreciation

Department of Aeronautics at 10th ASPAG meeting in Dubai

Department of Aeronautics (ZAN) of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences participated at the Aırport Sımulatıon and Performance Assesment Group (ASPAG) meeting in Dubai on October 27th and 28th, 2019. ASPAG gathers professionals from aviation industry that use primarily fast time simulation in their research.

ZAN was represented by Associate Professor Biljana Juričić and teaching assistant Bruno Antulov-Fantulin with the work on the project Development of Common ATC Simulation Training Assessment Criteria Based on Future Pan European Single-Sky Targets (ATCOSIMA). They presented the project overview and the baseline results with their partners from Eskişehir Technical University, Associate Professor Cem Çetek and Assistant Professor Fulya Aybek Çetek.

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At the end of the meeting, it was proposed that one of the next ASPAG meetings would be organized in Zagreb, at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences.

ESTU & ZFOT ATCOSIMA team members atop the Burj Khalifa

ESTU & ZFOT ATCOSIMA team members atop the Burj Khalifa

10th ASPAG meeting

10th ASPAG meeting

Department of Aeronautics at COOPANS Improvement Group (CIG) meeting in Stockholm

Department of Aeronautics (ZAN) of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences participated at the COOPANS Improvement Group (CIG) meeting in Stockholm on October 8th, 2019. CIG gathers representatives of air navigation service providers of six countries: Croatia, Austria, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland and Sweden. ZAN was represented by Assistant Professor Tomislav Radišić, teaching assistant Bruno Antulov-Fantulin and Associate Professor Biljana Juričić.

The main objective of the meeting was to define a basis for the future project of the development of predictive air traffic complexity and air traffic controller workload models.

The next CIG Group meeting and the further project preparation will be held in Zagreb in February 2020.

Tomislav Radišić gave a short presentation of the previous research and the issues regarding air traffic complexity and its impact on air traffic controller workload and airspace capacity.

Tomislav Radišić gave a short presentation of the previous research and the issues regarding air traffic complexity and its impact on air traffic controller workload and airspace capacity.

Bruno Antulov-Fantulin presented the achievements of his on-going PhD research which deals with the development of new air traffic complexity model based on air traffic controller tasks.

Bruno Antulov-Fantulin presented air traffic complexity models.

HUSK Basic ATCO Training – 2018

New aerodrome candidates for HUSK Basic ATCO Training - 2018

New aerodrome candidates for HUSK Basic ATCO Training – 2018

On May 28th, 2018 a new class of 10 candidates selected by CroControl Ltd (Croatian ANSP) started their ATC basic training at the HUSK (Croatian Air Traffic Control Training Centre of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences). The candidates are selected for aerodrome control.

The training is being 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 basic theory and skills needed for future work and rating training. The basic training covers following topics: Introduction, Air Law, Navigation, Air Traffic Management, Aircraft, Equipment and Systems, Human Factors, Meteorology, Professional Environment, and Aviation English. The training is compliant to EU regulation 2015/340.

SESAR 2020 project PJ01 – Enhanced arrivals and Departures

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SESAR 2020 – EAMAN team

On 25 May 2018, the validation for SESAR 2020 project PJ01 – EAMAN was successfully finished.

The SESAR Enhanced Arrival and Departures research project (EAD) address the development of concepts, tools and procedures to increase the capacity of extended TMAs (E-TMAs) to meet forecast traffic growth in a safe, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner. This will be achieved by taking advantage of the latest technological developments from both an airborne and a ground-system prospective and through secure sharing of data. The project will focus on operational improvements to the flow of arriving and departing traffic within the E-TMA that aim to increase airspace capacity and cost efficiency, improve safety and predictability and provide greater fuel efficiency and environmental sustainability.

The SESAR PJ01 team was put together by COOPANS and SESAR partners; Thales, Airbus, LFV, Naviair, Austro Control, Croatia Control and FPZ (Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb). After the first validation, some conclusions were drawn by the team. Implementation of Controlled Time of Arrival (CTA) with Arrival Manager (AMAN) in the artificial airspace resulted in about the same amount of workload as if Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) would have used standard procedures. However, using features of Time to lose/Time to gain (TTL/TTG), generated a significant increase in workload but negotiable, considering the use of Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) some believe that it could decrease the workload. For further stages of the project, ATCOs have pointed out the need for more flexible sectorization when using TTL/TTG, corporation of AMANs for crossing traffic and reduction of airspace and traffic complexity.

ZIRP 2018 Conference

Department of aeronautics with their graduate students on the ZIRP 2018 Conference

Department of aeronautics with their graduate students on the ZIRP 2018 Conference

On 10-11 May 2018, an international conference on science and traffic development, ZIRP 2018, was held in Opatija, Croatia. The conference was hosted by the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb.

Keynote speaker Dr. Cem Cetek from Anadolu University

Keynote speaker Dr. Cem Cetek from Anadolu University

The topic of the 2018 ZIRP Conference was finding ways to address the challenges of bringing innovation to the traffic industry without compromising safety and security. Keynote speakers came from the ranks of the most renowned organizations from Europe, such as Mrs. Bakran Marcich (Deputy Director-General European Commission Mobility and Transport, Croatia), Dr. Cem Cetek (Anadolu University, Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Turkey), Dr. Hans-Dietrich Haasis (University of Bremen, Maritime Business and Logistics, Germany), Dr. Fernando Liesa (Alliance for Logistics Innovation, Spain), Mr. Siniša Reljić (Navs Consult, Croatia), Dr. Marcin Seredynski (Volvo E-Bus Competence Center, Luxemburg), Dr. Dražen Vrhovski (Wawa Group, e-mobility solutions, Croataia) and Dr. Mateusz Zajac (Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical Enginering, Poland).

 

Mr. Bruno Antulov-Fantulin presenting his work on the ATCO assessment for the FRA in Croatia

Mr. Bruno Antulov-Fantulin presenting his work on the ATCO assessment for the FRA in Croatia

The Department of Aeronautics was represented by four attendees: prof. Doris Novak, prof. Biljana Juričić, Dr. Tomislav Radišić, Mr. Bruno Antulov-Fantulin and Mr. Petar Andraši. Mr. Andraši presented his work on the flight test validation of PBN concept of operation in terminal area in simulated environment, whereas Mr. Antulov-Fantulin presented his work on the Air Traffic Controller assessment of the Free Route Airspace implementation within Zagreb Area Control Centre and Dr. Radišić presented the challenges and solutions for urban UAV operations.

Mr. Petar Andraši presenting his work on the flight test with PBN concept.

Mr. Petar Andraši presenting his work on the flight test with PBN concept.

Dr. Tomislav Radišić presenting his work on the urban UAV operations

Dr. Tomislav Radišić presenting his work on the urban UAV operations