Asci, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Turkish Aeronautical Association, stated that the test and certification studies of the two-seat domestic civilian aircraft produced by THK Aircraft Manufacturing Inc. were carried out, “We are waiting for buyers for the mass production of our aircraft.”
He gave information to the AA correspondent about the civilian aircraft produced by THK as part of the Domestic Sports Aircraft Project.
Stating that Turkey’s civil aircraft company THK Aircraft Manufacturing Inc. started its activities in 2011, Asci said that the company was established for the design, production, assembly, certification, maintenance and repair of all fixed and rotary wing aerial platforms, the supply of spare parts and the marketing of those produced to the world and Turkish markets.
Asci stated that after the establishment of the company, he started to work on the production of domestic and national civil aircraft, and said:
“Within this scope, THK Aircraft Manufacturing Inc. started the production of our domestic civil aircraft for two people. The design, production, testing and certification of our civilian aircraft, called Turkkusu with a ballistic parachute, with a 100 hp engine with a bottom wing, was carried out. Our aircraft, called Turkkusu, has the German Ultralight flight certificate in accordance with the internationally valid LTF-UL and all the necessary certificates obtained from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation.”
“Digital display provides access to more data”
Asci pointed out that the fuselage of the aircraft was produced from composite (PRE-PREG carbon) material using the highest technology, and added saying, “Our aircraft has a light, durable fuselage that reduces fuel consumption, and a parachute system that will allow landing in an emergency. Thanks to the special design of the landing gear, it is possible to land on runways such as soil, grass, asphalt with more than one option. With the digital display system used, it also enables more data to be accessed faster.”
Pointing out that the plane also has a GPS system, Asci said, “Turkkusu’s cruise speed is 275 kilometers per hour, its maximum speed is 380 kilometers per hour, its landing-take-off distance is 150 meters, its range is 1250 kilometers, and the average stay in the air is 5 hours. The aircraft has low fuel consumption and 95 octane unleaded gasoline is used.”
“The plane can make a round trip from Ankara to Izmir with a full tank”
Asci stated that a rotax 912 ULS engine was used in the aircraft with plus 4G and minus 2G acceleration load, and reported that the maximum take-off weight of the aircraft was 472.5 kilograms, and the maximum empty weight was 297 kilograms.
Stating that the usable fuel capacity of the aircraft is 66 liters, Asci said, “The pilot, who takes off from Ankara with a full tank, can make a round trip to Izmir.”
Emphasizing that Turkey’s civilian aircraft, produced with domestic means, is ready for use, Asci said, “We are waiting for buyers for the mass production of our aircraft. People who want to buy our aircraft, which is suitable for the masses, such as businessmen and young people engaged in air sports, can contact our institution.”
Asci noted that they currently have two of the aircraft in question, but that they can be prepared and delivered if orders are received in bulk.
Source: AA / Translated by Irem Yildiz