The flight academy

Set up to train its own skilled and qualified personnel, Turkish Airlines’ Flight Academy today has reached the level of being able to offer flight training to the world.

Turkish Airlines’ Flight Training Academy was founded in 1998 to provide training and consultancy services to companies, organizations and individuals in the civil aviation sector. Administratively it consists of the following departments: Technical Training, Commercial and Ground Services, Program and Budget, and Quality and Behavioral Training. Experienced and expert instructors train cockpit and cabin personnel at the Flight Training Center, which provides flight training of all kinds to International Civil Aviation standards.

EXPERIENCING REAL FLIGHT IN A SIMULATOR
The Flight Training Center consists of two sections, one for cabin training, the other for cockpit training, which is carried out in B737-400, RJ737-800 and A320 simulators. Computer Based Training (CBT) at 32 stations provides ground training to pilots for all the types of aircraft used by the airline. Cessna 172’s make up the Flight Academy’s fleet, and training is conducted at Ataturk Airport in Ankara, Hezarfen Airport in Istanbul and Çorlu Airport in north central Turkey.

Candidates for pilot and cabin crew receive training in simulators exactly as if they were on real airplanes at the Flight Training Center, which today has reached the level of being able to offer training to foreign airlines as well. The simulators in which pilots are trained are exact replicas of the airplane cockpit mounted on hydraulic platforms that mimic the positions the aircraft takes in actual flight during maneuvers such as takeoff, landing and banking. Pilots are therefore confronted with a maximum of problems, exceeding even those they might encounter on a real flight, and can make test landings and takeoffs at the riskiest airports in the world under the worst weather conditions.Pilots are confronted with a maximum of problems, exceeding even those they might encounter on a real flight, and can make test landings and takeoffs at the riskiest airports in the world under the worst weather conditions.

Turkish Airlines’ Flight Training Director, Airline Captain Menderes Çakıcı, shared with us some details of the training: “Parallel with the rapid growth of Turkish Airlines, a need arose to train personnel from the ground up and the flight academy was therefore founded to improve the level of quality. Most airlines in the world train their own pilots and personnel in flight schools they run themselves. Turkish Airlines’ Flight Academy trains cabin and cockpit personnel as well as providing all the possible training that flight crews might need. With our concept of quality training and the modern technology at our disposal, we have reached the level today that we can offer training to flight crews coming from abroad as well. The most talented and qualified candidates are selected through a battery of tests. Pilot candidates, for example, embark on a total two-year training program during which they are subjected to periodic tests and examinations. At the end of the program, a pilot candidate can start flying with a captain in the seat on his right who has had at least ten years of flight experience.”

The first term of pilot training at the Flight Academy concluded with a graduation ceremony on 4 September 2007.