Another Success for HÜRKUŞ EASA and DGCA Certification Process is Completed

12 July 2016

EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) and Turkish DGCA  (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) Design Organization Approval (DOA) holder TAI-Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc., is awarded on July 11th 2016 by DGCA with the "TT32 Aircraft Type Certificate" for its New Generation Basic Trainer Aircraft "HÜRKUŞ", which is also validated on the same day by EASA with "EASA Validation Type Certificate".

Under a thorough design, testing, documentation and verification process, following Turkish DGCA Type Certificate, today TAI received EASA Validation Type Certificate at Farnborough Airshow during a ceremony hosted by TAI Chairman of BOD Nejat Bilgin and General Manager Muharrem Dörtkaşlı. The certificate was handed over by Certification Director of EASA Mr. Trevor Woods who is responsible for the certification, organization approvals and rulemaking for all EU designed aircraft, engines and equipment. The ceremony was honored and witnessed by Deputy MoD Şuay Alpay, Undersecretary for Defence Industries (SSM) Prof. İsmail Demir, Air Force Maj.Gn. İdris Aksoy and distinguished guests.

HÜRKUŞ is the first aircraft being certified by DGCA, first Turkish aircraft being certified by EASA. On the other hand, the certification of canopy fracturing system and ejection seat on the same aircraft is the first for EASA as well.

TAI has applied for Design Organization Approval to both EASA and DGCA in Feb 2007. The DOA certificate was issued by EASA on July 19th 2012 and DGCA on Dec 26th 2014, according to the EASA Part21 and SHY/SHT-21 rules respectively. TAI has also applied for Type Certificate approval for HÜRKUŞ on Dec 22nd 2008 and the application had been accepted on Jan 13th 2009.

Through the Working Arrangement between the EASA and DGCA, 11 specialized joint panels are formed to audit the design of HÜRKUŞ New Generation Basic Trainer Aircraft and its verification to rules and regulations.

During the Type Certification process, the EASA CS23 airworthiness requirements; applicable environmental protection requirements and additional high performance aircraft special condition requirements have been verified by EASA and DGCA.

The certification process was an intensive, hardworking period with around 500+ hrs of flight testing, 4000 hrs of equivalent full scale fatigue testing, extensive functional qualification and ground testing of subsystems, over 500 compliance documents and 5000 technical drawings.

A formal certification ceremony for DGCA certificate is planning to take place in Turkey in the upcoming weeks.


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