“Hürkuş” New Generation Trainer Aircraft- Turkey’s Success Story after Years of Diligence…

By Cem Akalın - Editor

Issue 70 - September 2016

On July 12, 2016, the capital city of England, London witnessed a historical moment at the Farnborough Air Show, ten years after the launch of the Hürkuş development program. At this important milestone in Turkey’s aircraft development story, that goes back to ninety-years, “Hürkuş” was qualified to receive the international certificate of airworthiness.

 After 10 years of a tough development program and challenging tests, hundreds of determined engineers, technicians, pilots, executives, bureaucrats and decision makers, and even a nation gathered to achieve what was once qualified as impossible, preparing to watch once more the maiden flight conducted proudly by Vecihi Hürkuş the “Vecihi VI” manufactured again by Vecihi Hürkuş on 28 January 1925 and to relive the excitement and joy. Receiving the International Type Certificate, “Hürkuş” carried the 90-year-old incomplete aviation story of a country into the future while also shaping the future of the Turkish Aerospace Industry.