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.

Croatian Team at the Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport Launch Conference

Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport is an ERASMUS+ KA2 project (Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices) which aims at strengthening Europe’s innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education. The First Steering Committee (Kick-off Meeting) and the Launch Conference were held in Bucharest on 25th and 26th January 2018 and were hosted by lead partner “University Politehnica”.

Air transport asks for the development of smart jobs which are performed by a highly qualified workforce with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills. Such workforce undergoes a series of regulated and extensive trainings, which are related to jobs in their companies, to complete and permanently upgrade initial education. The KAAT project identifies the need for a link between the two pathways by issuing a methodology for Aviation Sectorial Qualification Framework that serves as a basis for recognition of prior learning or work experience. This allows the creation of coherent and flexible pathways and compliance between EC tools and ICAO and EASA regulations. The project objective is to develop a new study curriculum by applying innovative approaches in teaching and learning based on ICT tools, using the mutual and interdependent knowledge of 17 partners from education and business sectors from 7 countries: Croatia, France, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, and Slovakia. The project also aims at fostering a new attitude towards university and industry cooperation in aviation, and university updated and refreshed study programmes, taking into consideration the future demand of aviation labor market in terms of skills and competences.

Croatian team in the KAAT project is represented by the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Croatia Airlines, Croatia Control and Aeronautical Technical Center.

KAAT Launch Conference

Croatian representatives at the KAAT launch conference

The Faculty of Transport and Traffic Science and the Croatia Control Ltd. signed an agreement on scientific, teaching, and technical cooperation

On 13 December 2017 the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Science and the Croatia Control Ltd. signed an agreement on scientific, teaching, and technical cooperation. The agreement establishes a framework for the development and establishment of curricula that will be aligned with the needs of the Croatia Control, primarily in the sense of high education of air traffic controllers, as well as of other personnel. In addition, the agreement laid the foundations for collaboration on larger projects involving research and development. A common goal was achieved in terms of exploiting all the existing technical and human resources available, in order to develop a system of education that would be competitive with similar programs in the EU, the center of which would be in the Republic of Croatia.


Croatia Control director, Vlado Bagarić (left), and dean of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Hrvoje Gold (right) signing the agreement

ERASMUS+ project at the Department of Aeronautics

ATCOSIMA project kick-off meeting was held in Zagreb on 25 and 26 October 2017. It is a three-year ERASMUS+ project, Action: Strategic Partnership for Higher Education. The project brings together Anadolu University (AU), Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb (ZFOT) and Technische Universität Braunschweig (TUBS). A consortium has been formed, with Anadolu University being the project coordinator. Experts from the aeronautical departments of the mentioned institutions will be working together on the project which deals with air-traffic controllers’ training. The primary objective of this project is to develop common assessment criteria for simulation training courses within the Air Traffic Controller (ATCO) basic training in order to improve students’ competencies regarding working effectively and in harmony within the integrated Pan-European air traffic system. The expected results are the development of standardized ATC training regarding economic targets of integrated ATM management in Europe, increased awareness of flight efficiency and, improved employment and mobility opportunities for ATCO candidates.

Representatives of the three institutions at the kick-off meeting.

Representatives of the three institutions at the kick-off meeting.


At the Department of Aeronautics a Safety Management System (SMS)  training course was conducted from the 18th – 21st September 2017 for the employees of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Croatia and Croatian Air Force.

Fifteen participants attended a four-day course and gained basic knowledge in air traffic safety and SMS regulation requirements, management systems and establishing SMS in  aviation organisations with emphasis on occurrence reporting, risk assessment and safety culture.


Visit to the 93rd Air Base Zemunik


On the 14th of September 2017, Department of Aeronautics, together with the management of the Faculty, visited the 93rd Croatian Air Force Base Zemunik. The primary purpose of the visit was to evaluate the presentation of undergraduate theses for the students of aeronautics attending the military pilot module. Besides the presentations of the theses, there was also time for a quick tour of the air base and its aircraft and helicopters.

Colonel Goran Huljev (commander of the Air Force Training Center) and the management of the Faculty talked about the future and importance of military training within the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences in Zagreb.



HUSK – certificate awards


On 17th of March 2017 Croatian Air Traffic Control Training Centre (HUSK) awarded the Basic Air Traffic Controller Licence Certificates to the 12 candidates who successfully completed the Basic Air Traffic Controller Course at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences in Zagreb. This 8th generation of candidates who have successfully completed the training, are going to continue their rating training abroad.

The basic training course for the CroControl Ltd. was carried out by HUSK. The course started on 3rd of October 2016 and it lasted for 24 weeks. Through the basic training course, the candidates completed 9 theoretical courses and as a part of ATM course they have completed practical simulator training on all three simulator exercises, Aerodrome, Approach and Area control on the MicroNav BEST radar simulator.

During the certificate award ceremony Ms. Jadranka Majić and Mr. Ivica Topić from the CroControl Ltd., delivered a short speech. Associate professor Biljana Juričić, PhD, the head of theoretical training, and Associate professor Anita Domitrović, PhD, quality and safety manager, awarded the candidates their basic air traffic control license certificates.

Student Visit to the Zagreb ATC Tower


On the 3rd of February 2017 second-year air traffic control students from the Department of aeronautics visited the Zagreb air traffic control tower. During the visit they were able to see first hand the environment of aerodrome air traffic controllers and how they work. For students, it was interesting to see the link between the theory and the practical work of air traffic controllers. Aerodrome OJT instructor Stanka Radić explained the students in detail the working equipment of air traffic controllers and how they work during the shift.


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)