Turkish Airlines Signed a Deal with Havelsan to Receive Flight Simulators that Support Pilot Training

Issue 89 - January 2019

Turkish Airlines, who signed a new agreement with Havelsan who produced the first domestic simulator to be used in pilot training for the Boeing 737NG previously, continues its support for the further expansion of Turkey’s domestic and national production concept.

Within the scope of this agreement which was signed by Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker AYCI, and Havelsan Board Chairman, Prof. Dr. Hacı Ali MANTAR, within a special ceremony held at Turkish Airlines Headquarters, Havelsan will produce full-flight simulators with international D-level certification for the national flag carrier airline’ Boeing 737MAX and Airbus A320CEO/NEO type aircraft.

With 14 simulators already in its fleet, Turkish Airlines will receive international D-level certified 5 ‘Full Flight Simulators’; 2 Boeing 737MAX, 3 Airbus A320CEO/NEO and 6 ‘Flight Training Devices’ from Havelsan to be set into operation in 2020 and 2021, according to the agreement. Thus, while the number of Full Flight Simulators in Turkish Airlines Flight Training Center will reach 28 with the other simulators to be received in 2021, the first domestic production of Boeing 737MAX and Airbus A320CEO/NEO type simulators will also be included in this number.

Within the scope of this initiative, foreign dependency will be reduced, and it will remarkably accelerate the concept of domestic production. The EASA D-level certified Full Flight Simulators will enable Turkish Airlines pilots to obtain their adaptation, evaluation and renewal training at low costs and in a realistic manner.  The simulators will be delivered to Turkish Airlines’ ever-expanding fleet, by Turkey’s prominent defense and aerospace company, Havelsan, who has combined its simulator design, production, integration and maintenance experience in the military field with civil aviation.

Commenting at the signing ceremony, M. İlker AYCI, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee said; “As the two major players of Turkish Civil Aviation, Turkish Airlines and Havelsan, we are very excited to have launched such a meaningful cooperation today. With the awareness of being the national flag carrier of our country, as Turkish Airlines, we are proud to have further developed our support for domestic and national production, by turning towards domestic resources.”

“These new simulators to be delivered in forthcoming years, will enable Turkish Airlines pilots to continue their training at the best standard, and also be experienced by the pilots of foreign airlines who prefer our flight training center for their refresher training. These simulators, which will have been seen also in the global market in this way, will also play a remarkable role in further increasing the global recognition of the Turkish Airlines flight experience, which has already been a highly prestigious aviation brand today.”

Noting that the existing cooperation between the two brands will be increased with this agreement, Havelsan Board Chairman Prof. Dr. Hacı Ali MANTAR said; “Now our country has made a distinguished name for itself around the world with the investments it has made in the areas where it has gained technological superiority. We believe that our cooperation with our flag carrier airline, Turkish Airlines, will grow rapidly in the environment of trust and solidarity. Thanks to these new flight simulators and training systems to be designed and produced by Havelsan, we will be able to satisfy the needs in this regard by turning towards domestic resources instead of foreign resources. At the same time, with this project, we will have the opportunity to export both system and training to the world airline simulator market.”

Simulators come to the forefront as one of the most important factors to improve the quality of pilot training. The pilots are trained in the simulator after ground lessons in the types of aircraft that they will fly. Pilots can fly the aircraft after completing the simulator training, which has changing durations according to the type of aircraft and the pilot’s experience. In civil aviation, pilots also fly in simulators to renew their competence/ capabilities every 6 months. During this training, pilots are provided with emergency training under all kinds of environmental conditions. Thus, while the potential risks are minimized, the level of competent education is raised.

Havelsan took decisive action to meet the increasing demand for pilot training that emerged in parallel with the significant momentum that has been seen in the Turkish Civil Aviation industry under the leadership of Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey.  Havelsan targets to be a key player in the civil aviation sector as well, as it has already been in the military field. The company also aims to gain a significant place in the global civil simulator production market with the production of Boeing 737MAX and Airbus A320CEO/NEO type simulators.