CE Seminar by İsmail Yavuz

Time: 10:30
Location: CASE B24






Speaker: İsmail Yavuz, Turkish Aviation Industries (TAI-TUSAŞ) 

Title:  History of Turkish Manufactured Airplane with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Crew Escape System on F-16 Aircraft

Date: Friday, March 23, 2018

Time: 10:30

Place: CASE B24

Host: Ali Serpengüzel




This talk will focus the Crew Escape System on the F-16 Aircraft and History of Turkish Aviation Industry with the Airplanes of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

The ACES II (Advanced Concept Ejection Seat) Crew (pilot) escape system comprises an ejection seat, an initiating system and survival equipmentThe system is required to provide a fully automatic safe escape for crew members within a flight envelope of zero-altitude/zero-airspeed up to 50,000 feet to the limit of 600 KEAS (knots equivalent air speed). The system is also capable of jettisoning the canopy from the cockpit or externally from either side of the fuselage without injury to the crew or significant damage to the airframe. This escape capability is achieved by a combination of special features and precisely controlled event timing. The seat provides three modes of operation in order to achieve the minimum elapsed time from ejection initiation to recovery of the crew member under all escape conditions.

The History of Turkish Manufactured Airplanes is not widely known. The first Turkish aircraft was manufactured in 1924, and the first test flight was performed successfully on January 28, 2025. This date is very important in the Turkish Aviation History, because the world aviation technology had not been developed yet. After the Turkish Aeronautical Association was established in 1925, more than four hundred aircraft were designed, and manufactured up to 1950 in Turkey. Another aim of this seminar is to explain Turkish manufactured aircraft, Vecihi Hürkuş, Nuri Demirağ, Türk Hava Kurumu (THK) Engine and Aircraft Companies, to inspire a new generation of engineers. Moreover, it helps to accomplish Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s directive.





İsmail Yavuz was born in Tekirdağ. After his primary and secondary education in Çatalca/İstanbul, he attended Tekirdağ Industrial High School. Then, he graduated from Air Force Technical and Vocational Schools in Gaziemir/İzmir as an Aircraft Mechanical Technician in 1982. For 25 years, he served in Turkish Air Force (TAF). During 1982-1999, he was Aircraft Mechanic, Technical Controller, and Trainer on F-4, F-104, and F-16 aircraft. In 1999, he was appointed as an F-16 Aircraft Mechanical Instructor to F-16 Aircraft Training Center in Ankara. Until 2006, he instructed many Turkish and international pilots, and aircraft maintenance personnel on aircraft maintenance, and mechanical systems. Within this period, he edited and wrote F-16 Airplane General Maintenance Book, Aircraft Safety Book, F-16 Aircraft Documentation Book, and F-16 Cross-Servicing Guide. In January 2006, he retired from his leading instruction position in TAF. During 2006-2007, he worked as an F-16 aircraft mechanical systems specialist in Deadelus Aviation Company in the Netherlands as a contractor for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF). In April 2007, he returned to Ankara and started working as an Aircraft Technical Instructor in Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). Currently, he instructs at TAI Academy on F-16 aircraft, Hürkuş Aircraft, TİHA-Anka Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, T-129 Atak Helicopter, and other projects about Fuel Systems, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems, Crew Escape Systems, Landing Gear Systems, Engine, Aircraft Weight and Balance, Aircraft Maintenance and Assembly. He also instructs at Gazi University – TUSAŞ (TAI) Kazan Vocational School. Since 2000, İsmail Yavuz became an avid researcher on the History Of Turkish Civil and Military Aviation. His articles are published in magazines such as Savunma ve Havacılık, TAI’nin Sesi, Mühendis Makine, TÜBİTAK-Bilim Teknik, and #Tarih. His book on the History of Turkish Manufactured Aircraft entitled ‘Mustafa Kemal’in Uçakları’ is published by Türkiye İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları on August 2013, and is currently in its 8th edition. He gave many invited talks, seminars, radio, and television interviews, and has a number of published articles on Turkish Aviation History. In parallel to his TAI position, he earned a Master’s degree at Sakarya University, Institute of Social Sciences in the Republic of Turkey History. He is married and has two daughters.