The Turkish Airlines Aviation Academy, providing service training for its personnel, became internationally recognized in the training services arena in 2012.

Turkish Airlines Aviation Academy

The Turkish Airlines Aviation Academy continues to supply training given by approximately 60 highly experienced instructors, who are experts in their respective fields. The company has offered professional aviation training since 1982 under the Turkish Airlines roof, and is the most important aviation training center in Turkey. The Academy is located on an 8,600 m2 enclosed space, containing 28 classrooms, a conference room with 125 seat capacity, two simulation classes and an examination room. At the Academy simultaneous training can be given to 800 people.

The Turkish Airlines Aviation Academy took an important step at the international level by being selected as a Regional Training Partner and IATA Certified Training Center in 2011. Thus, the Academy became the first and only strategic partner of IATA in Turkey. It provides training opportunities in Istanbul to aviation industry personnel in Turkey and other regional countries.

The Academy is well aware of the importance of training for the global aviation industry, and meets the standards of ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems certification. There are 2,000 courses and seminars on average, offered annually by specialist instructors. The center supplies training to around 35,000 people a year. Additionally 50,000 people are offered training opportunities by distance learning.

The year of 2012 has been a crucial one for the Aviation Academy, which has continued to develop thanks to its technical trainers, who make the practical knowledge and experience they have accumulated over the years available to the industry. Having focused from inception on in-service training and offering training to its personnel, the Turkish Airlines Aviation Academy became internationally recognized in the training services arena in 2012.

The Turkish Airlines Aviation Academy has been registered as an Approved Aviation Academy by all international bodies that accredit companies providing such training. The Academy, as an IATA Regional Training Partner and IATA Approved Training Center, as well as a member of the ICAO TrainAir Plus Program, became a center recognized not only in Turkey, but also internationally, having garnered a wide range of certification and training types in its portfolio. Upon examination by EASA auditors, the Academy flawlessly passed inspection in terms of its technical training offered within the scope of EASA 147 and obtained permanent authorization for the following year.

The Flight Training Center, which was launched with one simulator in 1994, has successfully continued to provide service meeting national and international standards since then.

Turkish Airlines Aviation Academy offers training at the national and international level in the following fields:

  • Technical Training
  • Reservation Training
  • Ticketing Sales
  • Cargo Operation Sales
  • Passenger Services Training
  • Ground Handling Training
  • Management and Personal Development Training
  • IATA Training
  • English Language Training
  • Computer Training
  • Other Training

In order to use its resources more efficiently in 2013, a new and multi-functional computer program has been purchased for the Aviation Academy, within the framework of proactive planning practice. Again, towards the same goal, an investment of USD 1 million is reserved for the renovation of fixed tangible assets.

Turkish Airline Flight Training Center

The Flight Training Center has been the responsible unit for all flight-related training provided to the Company’s cockpit and cabin personnel. At the same time , the center provides training services for international customers through international authorization certification. The Flight Training Director, acts as a direct report post holder for the Turkish Airlines CEO subject to Part FCL, EU-OPS and SHT-OPS1.

The Flight Training Center has successfully delivered services that meet national and international standards since 1994. And with its eighteen years of experience in the field, it supplies training to around 20,000 people each year.

The center set out by providing training services with one simulator at the current facility. Yet today it is equipped with 14 training aircraft (ten single-engine Cessna C-172s, two twin-engine Diamond DA 42s, and two jet-engine Cessna Citation C510s), as well as six full flight simulators (FFS), two cabin emergency evacuation trainers (CEET), one flight and navigation procedures trainer (FNPT II), three Flight Training Devices (FTD), two Door Training Devices (A320 DT, B777 DT), one Real Time Fire Fighting Trainer (RTFFT), two cabin services trainers (CST), and three computer based trainers (CBT); this in addition to 34 classrooms, one Ditching Pool and an auditorium. In short, it has become a professional training facility that serves national and international customers, while also providing ongoing flight training to Turkish Airlines personnel.

The growth momentum that Turkish Airlines has achieved in the course of the past decade creates opportunities for the Flight Training Center to collaborate with its business partners. In line with this, the center works continuously with domestic and international simulator centers, and other training agencies and organizations in the sector in order to support greater market integration.

Professional Training

Along with the rapid growth of its fleet, in order to meet operational demands and maintain its cockpit and cabin training standards, simulators and training aircraft have been acquired and training time increased.

The Flight Training Center has been certified by the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority as a Type Rate Training Organization (TRTO) and Flight Training Organization (FTO). All simulators used in training are certified by EASA.

During 2012 training was provided to 4,068 cockpit personnel in at least one of 29 different areas, with particular attention being given to conversion type, and recurrent training activities; and owing to the first-time recruitment of foreign national pilots with the introduction of Turkish Airlines’ B777 fleet, these newcomers were successfully integrated into the company through basic, as well as corporate culture training. The Flight Training Academy (FTO), a part of the Flight Training Center, provided training to 157 cadet pilots through activities that included the use of international resources in 2012.

Cabin training is carried out by the Cabin Training Department in 13 different categories, including first-aid and defibrillator training.

In addition to intercompany training, during 2012 the Flight Training Center continued to provide training to the personnel of 49 different companies (24 cockpit, 25 cabin) operating across a broad region in Asian, Caucasian, Middle Eastern, North African, and European countries.

The center also engaged in academic cooperation and developed business collaboration models with such respected national and international training institutions as Istanbul Technical University, Anadolu University, the Turkish Aeronautical Association, Cappadocia Vocational College and the Florida Institute of Technology and Aviation School.

In order to sustain the internationally competitive strength of the Flight Training Center, the realization of projects launched with its own resources is planned for 2013.