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Aerospace Resource Guide: Turkey

 

Turkey Statistics

Summary
Market Entry

Current Market Trends

Current Demand

Main Competitors

Best Prospects
Subsector Focus: Helicopters

Trade Events/Associations

CS Contact

Capital: Ankara
Population:
80 Million
GDP USD
: USD 851.817 billion
Currency:
Turkish Lira (TL)
Language
: Turkish

Summary

Turkey is an emerging aerospace and defense (A&D) hub for markets in Europe, the Middle East, Europe, the Caucasus, and North Africa. With a population of nearly 80 million people and given its proximity to developed and emerging markets, and growing economy and population base, Turks have come to rely on domestic and international air service increasingly over the past few years.

Turkey has many airports that are open to domestic and international flights. There are a total of 52 civilian airports in Turkey 24 of which serve for international flights. Istanbul Ataturk Airport serves almost 40% of the total air traffic in Turkey. According to the annual report of State Airports Authority (DHMI) operates 44 airports, 30 of which are open to domestic and international flights, including regular and charter.

Compared to a decade ago, there has been a 372% increase in domestic passengers, an increase of 77% in international passengers and an increase of 153% in total (including domestic & international). The growth of the economy has also boosted the Aviation Industry, which is reflected in skyrocketing total passenger figures. Turkey’s strategic location ensures unrivaled advantages in airline, MRO, cargo and air taxi services in the region. The construction of new airports and expansion of the existing ones also provide export opportunities for manufacturers of ground control equipment, safety/security systems, communications equipment, runway and landing lighting and automated landing systems.

Market Entry


Market entry is as straight forward as for any other European Market. In conjunction with its January 1, 1996 accession to the European Union’s customs union, Turkey has adopted a new import regime. Since April 2004, all electronics need to be CE certified. Most Turkish civil aviation products fall under the CE marking requirement.

All electronic and electrical goods and any product emitting radio transmission frequencies are such items. Software and some mechanical items do not require a CE marking. FAA or ICAO second hand certified parts and re-furbished aerospace parts are allowed and can be used without further regulation or restriction.

The General Directorate of Civil Aviation is the responsible authority for regulating the use of aircraft and related parts thereof. Among the duties of GDCSA are regulating airworthiness of commercial aircraft that operate in Turkish airspace, collecting relevant documentation and registering aircraft. The standards of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) lay the regulatory framework for aircraft and aircraft parts particularly the ones related to airworthiness. All aircraft and parts should bear type certificates in line with the standards set by ICAO. To operate in the Turkish Airspace, all aircraft must have a valid airworthiness certificate.

Current Market Trends


Construction of new airports and expansion of the existing ones also provide export opportunities for manufacturers of ground control equipment, safety/security systems, communications equipment, runway and landing lighting and automated landing systems. Turkey has many modern airports that are open to international and domestic flights. The major international airports are Atatürk in Istanbul, Antalya, Esenboğa in Ankara and Adnan Menderes in Izmir. In addition to the 52 airports in Turkey, the government intends to construct new airports in Bingöl, Iğdır, Hakkari Yüksekova, Şırnak, Kütahya-Afyon-Uşak, Istanbul, Çukurova and Diyarbakır. The cost for airport modernization and construction is projected around TL 4 billion.

Current Demand


Aircraft, aircraft parts (fixed wing and rotary wing)
MRO services (maintenance, repair and overhaul – including airframe/component maintenance, logistics and/or fleet management options)
Pilot Training, equipment & software
Radar and flight control personnel training
Airport ground support and ancillary (support) systems
(integrated computer systems for air traffic control,
engineering and operations)
ILS Systems/automated landing
systems
Navigation aids
Airport Security Systems

Competitors


Major international companies include the Netherlands-based Airbus Group (formerly EADS), BAE Systems (UK), Finmeccanica (Italy), Bombardier (Canada) and Brazil’s Embraer.

Almost all civil aviation equipment is imported from the United States, Europe or Japan. U.S. air traffic control equipment manufacturers will find traditional rivals in the Turkish market. Companies including Thales and Selex compete for air traffic control and Siemens and Heimann for x-ray technology that can often be found at Turkish airports.

Best Prospects


Aircraft/ aircraft parts, MRO activities, satellites and launch services, civil aviation and air traffic control systems, new airport projects.

Subsector Focus: Helicopters


Within the last decade Turkey has become an important player the helicopter market especially on the military side. In February Sikorsky signed a contract for 109 general purpose utility helicopters worth $3.5 billion, which will be utilized by Turkish Armed Forces and some other civilian government organizations. The helicopters will be assembled in Turkey at the facilities of Tusas Aerospace Industries (TAI), which is the leading air platform manufacturer in Turkey. Sikorsky will be supplying TAI components along with other suppliers like Aselsan and Alp Aviation. Upon the completion of this project, Turkey will become a hub for S-70 Blackhawk helicopters.

Other important ongoing projects are TAI’s 51 (+41 options) T129 Attack Helicopter development with Agusta Westland, procurement of 15 Bell 429s by the Turkish National Police and procurement of 6 Boeing CH-47 heavy lift helicopters by the Ministry of Defense through foreign military sales.

Civilian helicopters are also on demand for air taxi operations, medical emergency requirements and emergency preparedness reasons.

Trade Events/Associations

AIREX ISTANBUL AIR SHOW 2014

25-28 September, 2014 | Istanbul, Turkey
http://www.istanbulairshow.com/

Regional event on civil aviation and airports

U.S. Commercial Service Contact Information:


Ms. Ozge Cirika Eksi
Commercial Specialist
Ozge.Eksi@trade.gov

+90 (312-457-7169)


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