ABOUT ME

I started my career as an aircraft maintenance engineer and worked in different airlines and maintenance organisations both in Turkey and in the UK. Holding aircraft maintenance licenses from Turkish, American and British National Aviation Authorities, I worked as a certifying engineer for ten years. Subsequently I worked as a Quality Auditor / Engineer for SR Technics UK Limited (Formerly FLS Aerospace UK Ltd) until 2005. Then I worked as a Quality Engineer for Flightline Limited, a charter operator in the UK, before taking up the position of Continuing Airworthiness Post Holder for the same airline. In 2008, I joined City University London as a Senior Lecturer. At the same I also started working as a part time IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) auditor at Wake QA Limited, an accredited audit organisation. I had the opportunity to visit a number of different airlines in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe and audited the safety management processes of these airlines in ‘Engineering & Maintenance’ and ‘Cargo’ disciplines. In September 2015, I joined Cranfield University as a Senior Lecturer in Safety Engineering and subsequently became the Course Director MSc Airworthiness at the beginning of 2017..

I currently hold BEng (Hons) Degree in Aircraft Engineering from Kingston University and MSc Air Transport Management from City University London. I have been chairing the Technical Committee of the International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA) since 2011 and became the ‘Technical Director’ in 2017. I also represent City University London in the UK Flight Safety Committee (UK FSC) and recently joined the ‘Executive Board’ of the UK FSC as the vice chairman.  I represented IFA in the European Commercial Aviation Safety Team (ECAST), which was a part of the European Strategic Safety Initiative and a collaborative forum between the regulatory authorities and the industry stakeholders. I continue to participate in  Commercial Air Transport Collaborative Analysis Group (CAT-CAG), which is the sucessor of ECAST. .

QUALIFICATIONS

Academic qualifications:

  • PG Certificate in Academic Practice, City University London, 2012
  • MSc Air Transport Management, City University London, 2006
  • BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering, Kingston University, 2004
  • Undergraduate Diploma in Avionics Engineering, Anadolu University, 1990

Professional qualifications:

  • EASA Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance License, 2003 (Expired)
  • UK CAA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License, 2001 (Expired)
  • US FAA Airman Certificate – Airframe & Powerplant, 1999
  • Turkish DGCA ICAO Type II Aircraft Maintenance Technician License, 1990 (Expired)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • 2015 – Present Cranfield University, Senior Lecturer & Course Director MSc Airworthiness
  • 2008 – Present Wake QA Limited, Part time Approved IOSA Auditor
  • 2008 – 2015 City University London, Senior Lecturer in Air Transport Engineering
  • 2005 – 2008 Flightline Ltd, Quality Engineer & Continuing Airworthiness Manager
  • 2000 – 2005 SR Technics Ltd (Formerly FLS Aerospace Ltd), Quality Assurance Engineer & Certifying Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
  • 1992 – 2000 Istanbul Airlines, Certifying Aircraft Maintenance Technician

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • 2011 UK Higher Education Academy, Associate Member

MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES

  • International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA) – Technical Director
  • UK Flight Safety Committee (UK FSC) – Member of the ‘Executive Board’ as the Vice Chair
  • EASA Commercial Air Transport – Collaborative Analysis Group (CAT-CAG)
  • UK Maintenance Error Management Systems (MEMS) Group