Istanbul Hezarfen Airfield

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This article is about the airport. For the legendary Ottoman aviator it is named after, see Hezârfen Ahmet Çelebi.
Istanbul Hezarfen Airfield
İstanbul Hezarfen Havaalanı
Istanbul Hezarfen.JPG
Istanbul Hezarfen.JPG
IATA: noneICAO: LTBW
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Kar Group of Companies
Operator İstanbul Hezarfen Havaalanı
Serves Istanbul, Turkey
Location Çatalca, Istanbul
Elevation AMSL 56 ft / 17 m
Coordinates 41°06′16.2″N 28°33′00″E / 41.104500°N 28.55000°E / 41.104500; 28.55000Coordinates: 41°06′16.2″N 28°33′00″E / 41.104500°N 28.55000°E / 41.104500; 28.55000
Website http://www.hezarfen.com.tr/
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 2,230 681 Asphalt
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Istanbul Hezarfen Airfield (Turkish: İstanbul Hezarfen Havaalanı) (ICAO: LTBW) is a privately owned airport for general aviation located in Çatalca district of Istanbul, Turkey. The facility, one of the four airports in Istanbul, is named after Hezârfen Ahmet Çelebi, a legendary Ottoman aviator, who purportedly flew across the Bosporus in the 17th century, as told by a the contemporary traveler Evliya Çelebi.

The 500 acres (200 ha) airfield is situated on a peninsula surrounded by Lake Büyükçekmece to the south and by the motorway O-3 to the north. It is 50 km (31 mi) west of Istanbul. It serves, since 1992, as the first internationally acknowledged private airport in Turkey.[1]

Its asphalt runway is 681 m (2,234 ft) long and 28 m (92 ft) wide. There are four taxiways parallel to the runway, a 2,400 m2 (26,000 sq ft) concrete ramp, and another 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft) paved one. The airfield's additional facilities are a motocross circuit, a 120 m (390 ft) long model airplane field, and a heliport.[1]

Hezarfen Hobbyland[edit]

The airfield, called also "Hezarfen Hobbyland", offers facilities for model aircraft flying, model car racing, motocross racing, drag racing (cars and motorcycles), car and driver testing and flight simulation.[2]

In addition to "Istanbul Aviation Festival" held each year in June,[2] the Hezarfen Airfield hosts also the open air music festival Rock'n Coke, held since 2003 annually in September for two days attracting around 30,000 music fans.[3]

The airfield is home to an aviation school training air traffic controllers, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter pilots. Turkey's only civil aerobatics school and team is also based here. Another school at the site is for training motorcycle racing.[1]

Other social facilities offered by the Hezarfen Hobbyland are a restaurant and premises for business conventions, fairs and exhibitions. Its public recreational area include also a playground for children, a skateboarding ground, and a 2,500 m (8,200 ft) course around the airfield for jogging and biking, in addition to a picnic and barbecue ground.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Hezarfen Havaalanı/Hobbyland" (in Turkish). Hezarfen Airfield official website. Retrieved January 10, 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Kar Group - Hezarfen Hobbyland" (in Turkish). Kar Group. Retrieved January 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Hezarfen Airport-LTBW-Rock'n Coke Open Air Music Festival Area". Wikimapoia. Retrieved January 10, 2009. 

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