ATM Systems Laboratory

ATM Systems Laboratory was established as part of the Department of Air Transport based on the need for comprehensive platform, which would allow utilizing and developing tools aimed to address specific issues from the domain of Air Traffic Management (ATM). The laboratory is intended for research and development activities as well as support to students projects from the domain of CNS/ATM systems. It deals mainly with analyses, various types and formats of surveillance data provided by cooperative surveillance systems (SSR mode S, MLAT, ADS-B, etc.) and the possibilities for their utilization for systems operated by Air Navigation Service Providers. Adequate software tools are needed for this purpose, mostly customized to fit specific needs. The laboratory has its own network of ADS-B receivers located within Czech Republic. Cooperation established mainly with Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic, ERA, a.s., CS SOFT a.s., allows exploitation and work with data from real systems and from real air traffic operations.

Main laboratory research areas and directions are: Modelling the load of RF band used by cooperative surveillance systems in the aviation (1030/1090 MHz), “Quality position indicators” analyses in ADS-B messages, Advanced methods for using radar mode S (Clustering, Dataflash applications, …), Possibilities for using low-cost ADS-B receivers for non-critical applications, Surveillance data provision for project dealing with the effect of condensation trails on Earth radiation balance.

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Laboratory of Aviation Simulations

Laboratory of Aviation Simulations was established as part of the Department in 2013 and its equipment allows simulations of all aspects concerning airliner flight crew work. Individual parts of the laboratory can be used either separately or jointly as complex simulator for multi-crew operations. The simulator is furnished with equipment that allows IFR pilot training and multi-crew cooperation training. Owing to module arrangement, individual components can be modified to better correspond to particular aircraft to be simulated. The laboratory serves research initiatives, especially from the domain of CRM/MCC and flight safety. It is also used for teaching seminars of various air transport related subjects. Towards future, this laboratory is expected to progressively establish closer connection with ATM Systems and Aviation Safety and Security Laboratories.

Equipment:

  • Two-pilot multiengine simulator – the simulator is equipped with analogue gauges, autopilot, VOR, NDB, and ILS navigation
  • MOCK UP - A320 and B737 NG aircraft used for MCC and CRM training
  • Electronic support for flight planning and preparation – software equipment for flight planning, Jeppesen and AIP maps, access to NOTAM, AUP, AIC and PIB messages
  • Single-pilot simulator – older single-engine and single-pilot Cessna C172 aircraft simulator
  • Radio communication training equipment
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Laboratory of Human Factor and Automation in Aviation

The Laboratory of Human Factors and Flight Automation specializes in evaluation and objectivization of human factors in air transport with simultaneous transfer of innovation from the domain into the system of automated control in aviation. The laboratory is primarily focused on evaluation and classification of psychophysiological condition of aviation personnel, such as pilots, air traffic controllers or maintenance workers. For this purpose, the laboratory is furnished with adequate equipment, tools for signal processing and evaluation of measured data.

In addition, the laboratory deals with development of new tools and software solutions, such as intelligent system for reaction time measurement or simulation system of flight and environmental conditions for determination of UAV flight parameters. Part of the laboratory is also an UAV simulator. The simulator is used to acquire basic habits for UAV control by data link. Phoenix 5 simulator allows training with aircraft, helicopter, quadcopter and other specialized UAV types, whilst offering the option to evaluate and optimize UAV operator training process and the human-machine interface.

The laboratory cooperates with experts from domestic and foreign universities and institutions. Laboratory members participated in several successfully executed projects, such as “The research of pilots training methods using flight simulators” or “Development of flight simulator prototype and research of its application”. At present, laboratory members deal with project oriented to identification of effective, individual programmes for aircraft pilots/flight crews with respect to stress situations, utilizing simulation means for virtual reality, to improve air traffic safety.

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Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Laboratory

NDT laboratory deals with non-destructive material testing with focus on materials used in aviation. Laboratory origins date back to 2007 where two new NDT Laboratories were jointly founded with the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. One of them is located on Karlovo náměstí and the other on Horská street. Both laboratories share their equipment, expediting the evolution of this domain at CTU.

At present, we perform all basic methods. For instance, we have two devices for eddy current testing with two-frequency support, several generators of electromagnetic field and ultrasound instrument for bond testing.

Laboratory utilization:

  • The main purpose of the laboratory is support for teaching students from study field "Technology of Aviation Maintenance". Within the subject "Maintenance Procedures", students learn to operate various devices and perform different tasks to examine their capability to conduct basic measurements.
  • Laboratory equipment serves also as a basic technical support for bachelor´s, master´s and doctoral theses focused on NDT and aircraft maintenance.
  • Laboratory devices are also used as a support for research initiatives in the domain of aircraft structures and their maintenance.

Contact person: Ing. Martin Novák, Ph.D.

Aviation Safety and Security Laboratory

Aviation Safety and Security Laboratory is a significant national centre that deals with aviation safety and security. Within the laboratory, there are research groups dealing with issues of safety management systems, safety intelligence, safety performance indicators, safety culture, emergency response plans and many other current topics.

The most interesting projects deal with safety performance indicators for air traffic operations. The projects comprise safety performance indicators for ATM domain, airports, airlines, approved maintenance organizations and flight schools. In addition, safety intelligence system and the overall safety oversight for civil aviation authorities is the focus.

Current projects:

  • Aviation safety intelligence system
  • Safety performance indicators for ATM, airports, airlines, approved maintenance organizations and flight schools
  • Safety oversight for national civil aviation regulatory bodies

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Contact person: Ing. Peter Vittek, Ph.D.