The laboratories of the Department of Air Transport are among the top workplaces in the Czech Republic and the world, in which research and innovative projects focused on civil aviation take place. Experienced academic staff and experts from aviation organizations work together to develop new solutions for the aviation industry. At the same time, the laboratories are an incubator of talents from the ranks of the FTS CTU in Prague students, who can actively participate and thus gain the experience and skills needed for their future profession and actively contribute to the development of future aviation. Individual laboratories reflect current topics and needs defined by aviation organizations and institutions regulating the air transport industry.
The ATM Systems Laboratory is a workplace equipped with suitable computer technology and software for research purposes in the CNS/ATM domain (Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management). Among others, the laboratory possesses an air traffic control simulator, the ESCAPE, developed by EUROCONTROL with several dedicated workstations for students, pseudo pilots, and instructors. The laboratory also has its own network of ADS-B receivers located within the Czech Republic. Tools are available to solve specific operational problems and to store, process, and present data.
The laboratory supports R&D activities related to a specific area of CNS/ATM systems used in aviation and related operational procedures. The main areas are the issues of cooperative surveillance systems in aviation, the effective sharing of the frequency band used by these systems, the quality of surveillance data and their use in other systems, and GNSS interference in aviation. The laboratory is also focused on supporting project-based learning of students in the CNS/ATM technology and operational procedures area.
The main partners in research activities are Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic, ERA, and the GNSS Center of Excellence.
The Air Operations Laboratory was established with an IRP2012 contribution and retrofitted with a contribution from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic in 2018. It is currently equipped to simulate all aspects associated with the work of the crew of a twin-engine aircraft. The laboratory possesses an Airbus A320 jet airliner simulator suitable for advanced training (located in room A255). The second simulator is a twin-engine two-pilot MEP category aircraft (located in room A234). The individual parts of the laboratory can be used either individually or as a complex simulator of a multi pilot aircraft. The airplanes are equipped with all the equipment to be used for instrument flight training and training in multi-crew cooperation procedures. The modular arrangement allows changing the sub-components to match the simulated aircraft type better.
Currently, a radio telecommunications laboratory is in the process of reconstruction. In the future, it will be possible to simulate radio correspondence and the work of ATM. The laboratory is located in room A256.
The Aviation Safety and Security Laboratory is a workplace equipped mainly with computer technology with the necessary software equipment for aviation safety research. The software allows the laboratory to deal mainly with the collection, processing, and analysis of data on aviation safety, modeling complex socio-technical systems and interactions within those systems or creating dedicated software tools within the operational safety management systems in aviation. In addition to computer technology, there is also a dedicated conference space used for project meetings and collective research and creative activities. The management office is adjoined to the laboratory space.
The laboratory deals with all safety-related issues in air transport, i.e., the design of safe and resilient systems, the safe operations of existing systems, and the investigation of accidents and incidents. The workplace focuses on solving complex and simple systems issues, developing dedicated solutions tailored to specific conditions and systems, consulting, and basic services in aviation safety management. Marginal activities also include consultancy on other modes of transport and other high-risk industries.
The main domestic partners of the laboratory’s scientific and research activities are Prague Airport, a.s., Czech Airlines Technics, a.s., the Civil Aviation Authority of the Czech Republic, GE Aviation Czech s.r.o. The main foreign partners are Sapienza Università di Roma and China Aero-polytechnology Establishment. The laboratory also actively cooperates with the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, CTU in Prague.
The Laboratory of Human Factors and Automation in Aviation is a workplace equipped with devices for measuring various physiological data (brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, etc.) and software tools for signal processing and evaluation of measured data. The laboratory also develops its own equipment and software solutions, such as an intelligent system for measuring reaction time or a simulation system of flight and environmental conditions for determining UAV flight parameters. The laboratory also provides the background for the flight biofeedback simulator linked to the B737NG simulator with the VR.
Research in the laboratory specializes in evaluating and objectifying human factors in air transport, with the simultaneous transfer of innovations to the automated control system in aviation. The laboratory primarily focuses on evaluating and classifying the psychophysiological condition of aviation specialists, such as pilots, air traffic controllers, or aircraft maintenance technicians. The laboratory also provides background and support for students, both at the bachelor’s and master’s levels and the doctoral level as well. The activities of the laboratory include leading and supervising students on the Human Factors in Aviation project.
The laboratory cooperates with professional capacities from domestic and foreign universities and institutions. The main partners of the laboratory are the Institute of Aviation Medicine Prague, Prague Airport, a.s., ABS Jets, a.s., F-Air, s.r.o., DSA, a.s. and the University of Defense in Brno.