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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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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

KAAT project Steering Committee 4 and International Conference

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.

Croatian KAAT team at the Conference (from left to right): Marin Pušić (Croatia Airlines), Teo Bratinčević (Croatia Control), Kristijana Malić (Croatia Airlines), Bojana Šobat (Croatia Control), Ana Dlesk (Croatia Airlines), and Doris Novak (UNIZG)

Croatian KAAT team at the Conference (from left to right): Marin Pašić (Croatia Airlines), Teo Bratinčević (Croatia Control), Kristijana Malić (Croatia Airlines), Bojana Šobat (Croatia Control), Ana Dlesk (Croatia Airlines), and Doris Novak (UNIZG)

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.

9th generation of candidates finished Basic ATCO Training at HUSK

HUSK provided the basic air traffic controller training course for Croatia Control Ltd. candidates that started on 28th of May 2018 and lasted for 17 weeks with the summer pauze of 4 weeks. This was the 9th generation of candidates who have successfully completed the training: Tomislav Bedeković, Mislav Biličić, Ivan Forjan, Filip Jakšić, Iva Jurjević, Sara Majić, Rajna Dika Mičić, Erica Oreški, Božo Rubelj, Ivan Stanić.
The candidates completed 9 theoretical courses and practical simulator training with aerodrome, approach and area control simulator exercises, on the MicroNav BEST radar simulator.
The course finished on 18th of October 2018 when the candidates were awarded the Basic Air Traffic Controller Licence Certificates. During the certificate award ceremony, representatives of the Croatia Control ltd., Mrs. Jadranka Majić and Mr. Ivica Pivić, gave a short speech and information about further rating training that will be continued in Italy (ENAV Academy). The ceremony was hosted by Associate professor Biljana Juričić, Head of training, and Associate professor Anita Domitrović, Quality and safety manager at HUSK. The following instructors were also present at the ceremony: Zoran Jakšić, Željko Oreški, Ivana Francetić and Doris Novak.
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Erasmus+ Bachelor Thesis Defense

davAs a part of an Erasmus+ student exchange program, Itziar Bueno Tintoré, undergraduate student of Aerospace Engineering from School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering of Terrassa, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, successfully accomplished the research and defended Bachelor Thesis at Department of Aeronautics, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences. Student Itziar Bueno Tintoré had an assignment to design and build a force balance for a small low speed wind tunnel AT-1 installed in Laboratory of Aerodynamics at Campus Borongaj. The purpose of building the force balance is to provide an accessible tool to do measurements in the Faculty’s wind tunnel, now used mostly for demonstration purposes. The design is intended to be inexpensive and understandable for students and it includes the base, the structure of the balance, and the means to transmit the forces to the sensors, along with the data acquisition methodology to process the results. The latter is made possible by using three load cells: two to measure lift and pitching moment, and another one to measure drag. Data processing is performed by an Arduino, which also enables a quick and easy calibration and tare process. The electronics and the accompanying code have been tested, while the structure design is left ready to be built. This work also includes a User’s manual of the force balance. The thesis titled “DESIGN OF A THREE-AXIS WIND TUNNEL FORCE BALANCE” was written under mentorship of Karolina Krajček Nikolić. The evaluation committee members, Tomislav Radišić, Davor Franjković and Karolina Krajček Nikolić, evaluated  the thesis and defense with highest grade.

Invitation to the Guest Lecture at the Department of Aeronautics

The Department of Aeronautics is privileged to host Assistant professor Alena Novak Sedlackova i Full professor Andrej Novak (both from University of Zilina, Katedra leteckej dopravy), on June 14th 2018 at 10.15 AM, in lecture room D3, Building 70. Lecture topics are CNS and economic regulation of airports. Official language is english. You are all invited, welcome!

Guest Lecture at the Department of Aeronautics

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.

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Invitation to the Guest Lecture at the Department of Aeronautics

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.