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.
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.
Participants at the meeting at Croatian Air Force HQ (form left to right): Col. I. Mandušić, prof. D. Novak, Gen. M. Križanec, prof. T.J. Mlinarić, Col. G. Huljev, Col. Ž. Harapin, Lt. A. Širić
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.