Turkish Aeronautical Association
Turkish Aeronautical Association (Turkish: Türk Hava Kurumu - THK) is a non-profit organization with an aim of increasing public awareness and participation in aviation related activities and the national body governing air sports in Turkey. The association was founded with the name Türk Tayyare Cemiyeti (Turkish Aeroplane Society) by the directive of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on February 16, 1925.
During the 1940s, it operated a factory in Ankara producing aircraft of its own design as well as under licence from British manufacturer Miles. This manufacturing facilities were purchased in 1952 by MKEK, which produced the THK-15 design in quantity under the designation MKEK-4.
THK is a member of Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) since 1929, and has been an active participant in international air sports events and championships, including the organization of the 1st World Air Games hosted by THK in 1997.
Türkkuşu Training Center
Türkkuşu Training Center in Ankara also serves as the headquarters of THK. Throughout years, Türkkuşu trained many talented aviators including Sabiha Gökçen, the adoptive daughter of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first female Turkish aviator and the first female combat pilot of the world.
The center offers courses on:
İnönü Training Center
Located in İnönü, Eskişehir, the center runs summer courses on the following air sports activities:
Selçuk (Ephesus) Training Center
- Tayyare Apartments, redeveloped into five-star hotel in Istanbul
- Gunston 1995, 304
- Gunston 1995, 208
- Gunston, Bill (1993). World Encyclopedia of Aircraft Manufacturers. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press.
- Official website of THK (Turkish, English, and French)
- UÇANTÜRK, bimonthly journal of aeronautics and space published by THK
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