The first flight training exhibition of Turkey, İstanbul Flight Training Exhibition (IFTE 2013) was held on 27 and 28 September 2013 in the WOW Convention Center.

At the beginning of the exhibition whose golden sponsors are Turkish Aviation Academy and Turkish Aeronautical Association, Baymap Aviation Senior Manager Oben Oğultarhan, President of Turkish Aviation Academy Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kemal Yüksek and Flight Training Manager and Pilot Cem Lütfü Fırat emphasized the importance of meeting the sector training needs in Turkey and also reaching an adequate level for neighboring countries. Other opening speeches were delivered by the rector of the University of Turkish Aeronautical Association; Prof. Dr. Ünsal Ban. Prof. Dr. Ünsal Ban emphasized the growth and development of the aviation sector in Turkey. He stated that the growth of this sector in Turkey is 10% higher than other countries. This growth increases the need for trained pilots and this gap is currently being filled with foreign pilots. He indicated that there is a long way to go in aviation training in order to fill this gap.

President of Turkish Aeronautical Association Osman Yıldırım emphasized the importance of attracting young people to aviation, training them to be effective in this sector.

In his speech, the Vice President of the Civil Aviation Flight Operations Department Yusuf Bayram stated that the need for trained personnel has been increasing in parallel to advancements in the sector and this situation creates the need for training institutions. He also explained that negotiations with The Council of Higher Education (YÖK) are continuing so that aviation departments can be opened in universities and that studies are being carried out so that aviation personnel can raise their level of English.

Turkish Aviation Academy Commercial and Ground Services Training Manager Muhittin Hasan Uncular talked about four operation models of IATA and mentioned that IATA established the IATA Training and Development Institute (ITDI) as a result of the importance it gives to education.

The following speaker, Turkish Aviation Academy Project Manager Hülya Arınık emphasized that English plays a significant role in the aviation sector and it is one of the components that prevent accidents and failures.

The exhibition brought together FTO and TRTO companies, part suppliers, maintenance-repair companies, piston-engined aircraft manufacturers, simulator manufacturing companies, aviation academies, aviation equipment suppliers, press and broadcasting institutions in the aviation sector, broker companies and many other companies in the aviation sector. At the exhibition, which brought together leading firms and professionals in the aviation sector and included 103 participating institutions with exhibition stands from 40 foreign countries, we took our place as the Turkish Aviation Academy together with the Turkish Airlines Flight Training Directorate.

The participants enjoyed the sensation of flying thanks to the simulator at Turkish Airlines Flight Training stand.