Hello EUROAVIAns! We, AS Kocaeli, would like to share with you what we have done during the last month of 2023.
At the beginning of this month, we had the privilege to visit Alp Aviation, one of Turkey’s aviation companies, located in the Eskişehir. Alp Aviation specializes in various activities, including flight analysis, rotating component manufacturing, and subsystem and system production. We had enlightening conversations with the company’s expert engineers and learnt firsthand about the latest developments in the industry. We would like to sincerely thank Alp Aviation for inviting us to this very enjoyable and instructive technical trip and its engineers who shared their experiences with us and answered all our questions.
Following our visit, we explored the Eskişehir Aviation Museum, taking a vivid glimpse into the history of Turkish aviation. We embarked on an intriguing journey through the aviation milestones from the past to the present by examining historical collections and guides. This experience contributes to both our professional and personal development and will definitely remain an unforgettable memory for aviation enthusiasts like us.
One of the most enjoyable moments of this month was undoubtedly the ‘Take-Off’ event, organized by our local group. The competition was divided into two stages: the first stage consisted in guessing where different EUROAVIA AS are located around Europe, the ones who guessed the most moved into the second stage; the second stage, consisted of flying an aircraft in a simulator and the winner was the person who achieved the longest flight time and successful landing. The competition’s winners had the opportunity to experience Airbus A320-200, Boeing 737-800, and Cessna 172 simulators at the FlyinCockpit Flight Simulation Center.
This enjoyable event was held in the school’s garden and the participants enjoyed our traditional raw meatball treat and the flight experience. In addition to excitement and competition among the participants, the opportunity to meet each other more closely and enjoy the event together.
Finally, we have exciting news for you. We are happy to announce that our team, GTU-MERLIN, participated in the METU-VTOL competition for the first time and secured the fourth position overall, while excelling in the report phase by achieving first place. Additionally, our team set a new record for the first task of the 7-year competition, surpassing others by completing the highest number of laps and carrying the most water. This outstanding performance has truly crowned our team’s success.
This month we had great moments and came together to share our passion for aviation, stay updated on sector developments, and learn together with our members. We hope your month was as fulfilling as ours. As AS Kocaeli, we wish you all a happy New Year!