Ali İsmet Öztürk

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Ali İsmet Öztürk
Ali İsmet Öztürk, Professional Display Pilot, Turkey, 2012.jpg
Born (1964-05-23) 23 May 1964 (age 55)
Istanbul, Turkey
NationalityTurkey

Ali İsmet Öztürk (born 23 May 1964) is a Turkish professional display pilot, an aerobatic aircraft designer and an aviation businessman. He is the first civilian to be recognised as a professional aerobatic pilot in the country.[1][2] He flies in international air shows in his custom designed and manufactured world-class performance aerobatic aircraft called "Turkish: Mor Menekşe" (Purple Violet).[3]

Ali İsmet Öztürk has been admired worldwide both for his accomplishments in the air as an air show pilot,[4] and on the ground for his technical talent to build aerobatics aircraft.[5] He is best known by air show fans and enthusiasts for his extremely complex and technical manoeuvres.[6] He was also the first professional civil pilot to perform an aerobatics display over the Bosphorus.[7]

Between 2004 and 2008, Ali İsmet Öztürk performed in more than 80 international air shows, performing more than 559 displays in 19 different countries. He has performed before nearly 15 million spectators.[8]

His enthusiasm for aviation has grown since he took his first solo flight. As an aviation enthusiast, he puts a strong emphasis on recognition and appreciation of aerobatics. To that end he strives to be a positive role model and inspiration to young people in aviation.[9][10] With a career devoted to furthering aviation, he actively participates in activities to raise public awareness of private aviation in Turkey.[11] He takes part in fundraising activities and arranges aerobatic experience flights[12][13] to share the spirit of aviation with the community as well.[14]

Ali İsmet Öztürk currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey with his two daughters[11] and works full-time both domestically and abroad as a professional display pilot, an aircraft designer, an aerobatic flight instructor and provides consultancy in the aviation sector.[15] He is always ready for new adventures in the air shows worldwide and is always looking for invitations to share his experiences.[16]

Early years and introduction to aviation[edit]

Ali İsmet Öztürk was born in Istanbul, Turkey on 23 May 1964.[17] During his childhood Ali İsmet Öztürk has shown great affection on aviation.

In 1983, he completed his education in Lycée Français Saint Benoît (Saint Benoit French High School of Istanbul)[11] where he had been trained in French literature and studied English as well. Then he attended Istanbul University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.[18]

His aviation career began in 1984, when he was just 20 years old.[19] That year he soloed for the first time an aircraft - an ultra-light. Since then he has had a long flying history with diverse aviation experiences.[11]

Commercial aviation career[edit]

Ali İsmet Öztürk acquired his pilot license for fixed-wing aircraft in 1985 and right after that in between 1987 and 1988 he took his passion further to CPL License (for helicopter & airplane). He obtained both IR (Instrument Rating) and ME (Multi-Engine) ratings for both airplanes and helicopters as well. He became a flight instructor subsequently, by getting his FI (Flight Instructor) License.

During these years, he led several projects on helicopter photography & video production and aerial live-broadcasting services on international basis.[20] Thanks to his aggressive maneuvering skills he soon became pioneer in this field. His works has been used in several films and broadcast on both national and international news.[20]

At the end of 1989, he established his own Aviation Company, Mach Air Ltd. Headquartered in Istanbul Ataturk International Airport, the company offered FBO (fixed-base operator) services such as aircraft repair and maintenance, air taxi operations and aerial photography & filming.[20]

While carrying out managerial duties in his company, Ali İsmet Öztürk continued to train for more flying qualifications. He obtained the AMT (Aircraft System & Maintenance Technician) Certificate and became a test pilot for both helicopters & airplanes.[5] Since then he has test flown more than 50 different types of aircraft.[21]

Aerobatics career[edit]

Ali İsmet Öztürk piloting his special biplane called "Purple Violet" at the Kraków Air Show, 2007

Ali İsmet Öztürk flew an aerobatic aircraft for the first time in a small side-by-side seated airplane with one of his friends in 1988.[22] He was so impressed that his aviation interests expanded to include acrobatics and performing in air shows became an ambition for him. Besides commercial piloting, he started out practicing aerobatics as well and as he developed aerobatics skills and he eventually purchased his first aerobatic biplane in 1992.[23]

In the early 2000s, after 16 years of remarkable aviation history and a well known entrepreneurial success in the international aviation arena,[24] he finally decided to go after his dream and opened a new colorful chapter in his career.[25] His ultimate goal was to be recognized worldwide in the field of air show aerobatics. To that end, from 2000 on he has just flown aerobatics and he committed all of his time and energy solely to aerobatics.

He has trained hard on daily basis to prepare himself for air show performances. He has increased his ability to experience G levels up to +9/-6g and became capable to perform extreme, gravity-defying acrobatic maneuvers with ease.[26] Meanwhile, he successfully passed the exams of UK CAA (United Kingdom, Civil Aviation Authorities) in Unlimited Level and earned his DA (Display Authorization) Certificate which provided him the authorization to display legally in all international air show organizations.

Besides his disciplined, passionate and persistent efforts,[27] his accumulated knowledge, skills and expertise derived from his past aviation experiences allowed him to be one of the most experienced aerobatic display pilots in a very short time span. When he started to perform in international air shows, thanks to his maturity and brilliance of style in the sky, he managed to amaze aviation circle soon and gained recognition and appreciation worldwide.[28]

By 2003, in a quest for perfection to bring the highest performance in the sky over world’s best air shows Öztürk has custom built the "Mor Menekşe" (Purple Violet), an awesome, single-seat aerobatic biplane of his own design.[22] With its extensively modified airframe and engine (407 hp),[29] Purple Violet is entirely in a class of its own.[22]

In 2005, he performed during the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT)[30] held in the United Kingdom and known as the world's largest military air show.[31] Not only was he the first civilian Turkish pilot to join the show but he was awarded "the best aerobatic pilot" in the civilian category, as well.[22][32]

In 2006, he displayed in "ILA Berlin Air Show" organized by the German Aerospace Industries Association (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft - und Raumfahrtindustrie e.V. - BDLI)[33] and he became the first Turkish pilot to be invited[34][35] to this "world’s oldest aerospace trade show".[36]

In 2007, he was honored by EAC (European Airshow Council) as the best professional airshow pilot to promote sponsors with best value.

In 2011, he performed in the International Festival of Aviation held in Izmir/Turkey, combining the "Air Show Türkiye 2011" (the leading event of the Centennial celebrations of the Turkish Air Force (TuAF)) with the European Air Chiefs (EurAC) and the Global Air Chiefs (GAC)Conferences. During the organisation he soloed among the most accomplished aerobatic teams of the world, as the only civilian professional aerobatic pilot from Turkey.[37]

Air show performances[edit]

Ali İsmet Öztürk is best known by air show fans and enthusiasts for his action-packed displays which involve extreme positive and negative G maneuvers. His routines include many high energy gyroscopic maneuvers.[38]

Today, Ali İsmet Öztürk elevates himself to the highest level of his potential simply by practicing continuously and creating new opportunities to learn from.[22] He always pushes the boundaries by exploring the limits of both himself and his custom built biplane, "Purple Violet"[11] while remaining well within his high margin of safety. He injects new maneuvers in his performance and re-arranges his routine in a continuous manner so that he can offer impressive displays to crowds each season.[39]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "'Hava'lı düello!". Akşam (in Turkish). İstanbul, Turkey. 5 November 2009. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. Ali İsmet Öztürk'ün yaptığı akrobasi uçağı Purple Violet (Mor Menekşe)
  4. ^ Uygun, Gökçe (8 October 2011). "Gökyüzünün Cesur Prensleri..." Akşam (in Turkish). Retrieved 3 February 2013. Airshow SİDE'nin en dikkat çekici gösterilerinden birini ise 'İmkansızın Savaşçısı' olarak adlandırılan dünyaca ünlü akrobasi pilotu Ali İsmet Öztürk yaptı.
  5. ^ a b "Akrobasi Pilotu Ali İsmet Öztürk" (in Turkish). Uzman TV. Retrieved 3 February 2013. Ticari helikopter ve uçak pilot lisanslarına, aletli uçuş, öğretmen ve çok motorlu tip intibak sertifikalarına ilave olarak helikopter-uçak bakım teknisyeni lisanslarına sahip çok az kişiden biri oldu.
  6. ^ "Gösteriler nefes kesti". Web page of the program "Kokpit" which has been broadcast on TV for 16 years on CNN Turk & Kanal D channels in Turkey. Kokpit.aero / KT10 Yapım Prodüksiyon Tic. Ltd. Şti. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013. Yaklaşık 10 bin kişinin izlediği havacılık gösterilerinde son olarak bir iskele üzerine yerleştirilen dört metrelik iki çubuk arasındaki ipi uçağıyla usta bir manevra yaparak kopartan Ali İsmet Öztürk, izleyenlerin yüreklerini hoplattı. Uçağın dumanıyla gökyüzünde kalp çizen ve kalbin içinden de ok geçirmeyi başaran Ali İsmet Öztürk, yakın irtifalı uçuş gösterileriyle izleyenlerin nefesini kesti. Öztürk, kendisini izleyen binlerce kişiyi uçağından selamlayarak gösterisini tamamladı.
  7. ^ "Boğaziçi'nde Akrobasi Uçuşu". Radikal. 24 May 2001. Retrieved 3 February 2013. Ulaştırma Bakanlığı'nın izniyle Boğaz üzerindeki ilk akrobasi gösterisine imzasını attı.
  8. ^ "Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey Official Web Page" (in Turkish). Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey. Retrieved 3 February 2013. Cumhurbaşkanı Gül, 2008 yılına kadar 18 ayrı Avrupa Ülkesi ve Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri'nde uçarak 80'den fazla "airshow" organizasyonuna katılan, 559 gösteri uçuşunu hatasız ve arızasız bitirerek 15 milyondan fazla seyirciye ulaşan Ali İsmet Öztürk'e, Türk bayrağını dünyaya izlettiği için teşekkür etti.
  9. ^ Çetin, Berna. "Türkiye'nin ilk ve tek airshow pilotu 'Ali İsmet Öztürk'". Kariyer Rehberi / Sıra dışı Kariyer. İstanbul / Turkey: Kariyer.net Elektronik Yayıncılık ve İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş. Archived from the original on 9 November 2001. Retrieved 26 January 2013. Türkiye'nin ilk ve tek airshow pilotu Ali İsmet Öztürk, beş yıldır profesyonel airshow pilotluğu yapıyor. Öztürk hava akrobasisini imkansızın savaşçılığını yapmak olarak tanımlıyor.
  10. ^ Uygun, Gökçe (8 October 2011). "Gökyüzünün Cesur Prensleri..." Akşam (in Turkish). Retrieved 3 February 2013. İmkansızın Savaşçısı, Mor Menekşe ile uçtu...
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  13. ^ Demirci, Şenol (30 June 2003). "Bakan Yıldırım'dan akrobasi uçuşu..." Milliyet (in Turkish). İstanbul, Turkey. Retrieved 9 February 2013. Ulaştırma Bakanı Binali Yıldırım, Hezarfen Havaalanı'nda düzenlenen "5. İstanbul Havacılık Şenliği Hezarfen 2003"te, pilot Ali İsmet Öztürk ile birlikte akrobasi uçuşu yaptı.
  14. ^ Mutlu, Barış (31 December 2006). "Ikna Oldum; Dünya Yuvarlakmis". Akşam (in Turkish). İstanbul, Turkey. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  15. ^ Cebeci, Uğur (27 April 2003). "Hezarfen'de Pilotlar Günü". Hürriyet (in Turkish). İstanbul, Turkey. Retrieved 10 February 2013. Akrobasi pilotu Ali İsmet Öztürk'ün yetiştirdiği Ünal Aster, Pitts uçağı ile ilk defa seyircilerin önüne çıkacak. Gösteriler Piper Super Cub ile Uğur İçbak ve Bell 206 helikopteri ile Şahin Şeçal'ın uçuşlarıyla sürecek. Şenlikte en son uçuşu Ali İsmet Öztürk yapacak. Hezarfen'de Akrobasi Okulu kuran Öztürk, Pitts uçakları ile izleyicilere hoş anlar yaşatacak.
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  18. ^ Arman, Ayşe (30 December 2001). "Yükseklik korkusu olan akrobasi pilotu". Hürriyet (in Turkish). İstanbul, Turkey. Retrieved 10 February 2013. Ali İsmet Öztürk aslında işletmeci olmasına rağmen, kafayı uçmakla bozuyor ve kariyerini bu alanda yapıyor. Saint Benoit mezunu iyi bir aile çocuğu. 80'li yıllardan bu yana Almanya'da Amerika'da uçuş eğitimi alıyor. Sadece pilotluk değil aynı zamanda teknisyenlik lisansları da alıyor. 90 yılından itibaren de bütün hayatı uçmak haline geliyor. Uçuş akrobasisi bu ülkede ondan soruluyor...
  19. ^ Ulaş, Fuat (10 December 2006). "Bayrağı teslim alacak yeteneği arıyorum". Yeni Şafak (in Turkish). İstanbul, Turkey. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 1984 yılından beri uçuyorum.
  20. ^ a b c "Akrobasi Pilotu Ali İsmet Öztürk". Uzman TV. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 1990 - 1998 yılları arasında helikopter ve uçak test pilotu olarak uçuşlarına devam etti. 50'den fazla değişik hava aracı tipinde test uçuşları yaptı. Hava film ve fotoğrafçılığı konusunda aranan helikopter pilotlarından biri oldu. Birçok ülkede hava film ve fotoğraf çekimleri gerçekleştirdi. Ülkemizde çekilen yüzlerce tanıtım ve uzun metrajlı filmlerin hava görüntülerinin çekimlerinde pilot olarak uçtu.
  21. ^ "Akrobasi Pilotu Ali İsmet Öztürk". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 50'den fazla değişik hava aracı tipinde test uçuşları yaptı.
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  25. ^ Dalgalıdere, Sertaç (8 May 2006). "Gökyüzü ressamı akrobat pilotlar". Aksiyon Dergisi (in Turkish). İstanbul, Turkey: FEZA GAZETECİLİK A.Ş. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2013. İçindeki uçma duygusunu profesyonellikle birleştiren Ali İsmet Öztürk, 2000 yılında dünyanın en iyi akrobasi pilotlarından biri olan Amerikalı Rauf Ride ile anlaşır.
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  27. ^ Ulaş, Fuat (10 December 2006). "Bayrağı teslim alacak yeteneği arıyorum". Yeni Şafak (in Turkish). İstanbul, Turkey. Retrieved 7 February 2013. Akrobaside profesyonellik noktasına gelindiğinde artık akrobasi bir uçuş tarzı olmaktan çıkar ve bir yaşam tarzına dönüşür. Bu nedenle askeri akrobasi pilotlarının uyguladığı disiplin ve düzenli hayatı uygulama mecburiyeti doğar. Aynı dsiplin bizler içinde geçerli.
  28. ^ Gökmen, Müfit Yılmaz (9 June 2011). "Son yılların en mükemmel hava gösterilerinden biri". Hürriyet. Retrieved 25 January 2013. Dünyaca ünlü akrobasi pilotu Ali İsmet Öztürk
  29. ^ "'Hava'lı düello!". Akşam (in Turkish). İstanbul, Turkey. 5 November 2009. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013. havada 407 beygirlik akrobasi sihirbazı...
  30. ^ Paul, Johnson (2005). "Flying High at Fairford". Flightline UK (2005). Retrieved 25 January 2013. Much smaller than the 757 was Ali Öztürk's Pitts S2S Purple Violet from the Acromach Sky Dancers, a Turkish based aerobatic concern. A Pitts is a very small aircraft to fill a large display arena such as Fairford but Ali put on a very nice display using his smoke system to great effect to highlight the multiple flicks and stalls in his display.
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  32. ^ Cebeci, Uğur (9 October 2005). "Öztürk Avrupa turnesinden döndü". Hürriyet (in Turkish). İstanbul, Turkey. Retrieved 9 February 2013. İngiltere’de düzenlenen ve 1 milyon seyircinin geldiği RIAT havacılık gösterilerinde ise Öztürk en iyi akrobasi pilotu seçildi. Almanya Aachen’da ise Ali İsmet Öztürk üç defa ‘bis’ yaptı.
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  35. ^ "Profesyonel Akrobasi Pilotu Ali İsmet Öztürk Berlin Uluslararası Havacılık Fuarı Ila'da Müthiş Bir Gösteriye İmza Attı" (in Turkish). İstanbul, Turkey. Dogan News Ageny. 10 June 2010. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013. Profesyonel akrobasi pilotumuz Ali İsmet Öztürk'de, ILA'da akrobasi uçuşu yapmak üzere fuara davet edilenler arasındaydı. Üst üste üçüncü kez Berlin havacılık fuarına davet edilme başarısını gösteren Ali Öztürk, yaptığı gösterilerle yine büyük beğeni topladı.
  36. ^ "ILA Berlin Air Show". The German Aerospace Industries Association (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie e.V. - BDLI). Archived from the original on 10 July 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013. ILA Berlin Air Show is not only the world’s oldest aerospace trade show but also the only trade platform to provide a fascinating flying display which draws aviation enthusiasts from all over the world to Berlin-Schoenefeld every two years.
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See also[edit]

  • EURAC - European Air Chiefs' Conference Official Web Page, Retrieved on 2013-02-08
  • "I partecipanti ai 100 anni a La Comina" (in Italian). Airplanes - The Italian Aviation Magazine (Pordenone, Italy), Issue: 5. Published on 2010-06-26/27.
  • Michiels, Renaud (11 September 2007). "Cet avion n'est pas fait pour voler" (in French). Le Matin - People, Portrait (Lausanne, Switzerland: Tamedia Publications romandes SA). Page No. 28. "ALİ ÖZTÜRK 43 ans, marie', deux enfants, Ali vit à Istanbul. Avec son biplan, ce voltigour Turc est l'une des grandes stars des meetings aériens européens."