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Enhancing the safety and security training requirements of the Turkish civil aviation system


To meet the demands of its rising population, increasing urbanisation, healthy foreign tourism industry and economic growth, Türkiye is developing its civil aviation and airport infrastructure. Apart from the need for new airports and for the renovation and modernisation of existing ones, air-traffic control facilities must be upgraded. The country’s existing civil aviation training system is fragmented across 62 training centres. There is no central planning and some personnel are required to go abroad for certain modules, which is costly in terms of time for employers. In order to meet its own needs and to achieve the full adoption and implementation of the relevant EU regulations, it is essential for Türkiye to upgrade its institutional framework in the area of civil aviation and ensure that staff are equipped with all the necessary skills.

The aims of the project and its core activities

The aim of this project is to achieve the maximum level of safety and highest standards in civil aviation and air traffic management by ensuring that the civil aviation training system, as well as the institutional and technical capacity of the Turkish civil aviation system in the public and private sectors, are fully compliant with EU requirements. A comprehensive assessment of Turkish civil aviation regulatory code will be carried out and all issues will be addressed in conjunction with the French and Romanian aviation authorities.

The key component of the project, which will be overseen by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, will be the establishment and equipping of a purpose-built central civil aviation training centre in Istanbul. The design of the high-tech building, which will be able to train 480 people at any given time, will consider energy efficiency.

A new training syllabus and curriculum will also be prepared, in line with EU requirements and to the highest international standards. The curriculum, which will cover the full gamut of initial, on-the-job, recurrent and specialised training requirements, will be in the hands of 125 instructors assigned to the new training academy, which aims to process 60,000 civil aviation employees by 2015.

Staff at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation will also be provided with training, in EU/European Aviation Safety Agency rules as well as Eurocontrol standards, to boost its air enforcement capabilities. The training will include study tours to and internships in EU member states to provide staff with hands-on experience in best practices.


IPA I (2007–2013)


  • Budget: €15.8 million (EU contribution €13.555 million)
  • Province: Nationwide
  • Status: Ongoing (completion expected in 2016)