The Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), the oldest technical university in Central Europe, was founded 18th January 1707. In the 2012/2013 academic year, about 24 000 students studied at CTU, and about 1,500 academic workers taught and carried out research at the university. On the present there are eight faculties intra CTU.
Department of Air Transport (DAT) was established as a part of the Faculty of Transportation sciences nine years later on March 1, 2002. The objective of the Department is the education and training of highly qualified professionals in the field of civil aviation in Czech Republic. Currently, in Czech Republic the Department of Air Transport provides unique education and training in the areas of operational-technical and operational-economical civil aviation studies.
DAT provides highly specialized environment for lecturing expert studies within the “Operations and Management of Air Transport” PhD and master studies and within the “Air Transport”, “Professional Pilot”, and “Technology of Maintenance” bachelor studies.
Research is focused on four main areas: Safety and security of air transport, Air traffic management and operations, Human factor in air transport, and CRM Crew resource management. Department of Air Transportation is certified to provide theoretical air crew education and to provide education, training, and examinations of aircraft maintenance personnel. Both certifications meet European standards and requirements.
The aim of education in bachelor programs at Faculty of transportation sciences is to profile graduates in a way to comply requirements of their potential employers. Graduates in Professional Pilot and Technology of Aircraft Maintenance receive with Bachelor degree also a license of ATPL (A) – Frozen according to FAR FCL Regulations and graduates in Technology of Aircraft Maintenance receive after successful exams a license of Maintenance Technician allowing them to be immediately employed in the industry. So beside theoretical subjects education gives students good theoretical and scientific background. Furthermore, students are trained to apply theoretical knowledge by solving practical tasks. Studies in all other than EASA certified branches in Faculty of Transportation Sciences are project oriented. Students receive individual tasks mainly from industry and are supervised with professors or PhD. students with the assistance of experts from industry.
Student research activities in aerospace research present mainly their involving into both academic grand projects and research projects solved in cooperation with different aerospace enterprises or research institutes. The participation on the research activities is commonly realized via projects and diploma theses
Faculty of Transportation Sciences of the CTU in Prague cooperates with many international universities and organizations. CTU became a full-member of the Pegasus Network EU aerospace universities in 2006.
Laboratories operated under DAT: Laboratory of aviation simulations (Laboratory is equipped with fix based simulator of multipilot multiengine generic aircraft. Laboratory is primary focused on researches in field of multicrew cooperation, crew resource management and navigation performance.), ATM Systems Laboratory, Laboratory of Aviation Safety and Security, NDT Laboratory.