- TEI, a leading organization in Turkish aviation industry, made a record attempt with "Pink Paper Planes Challenge" to celebrate Women of Aviation Worldwide Week in a meaningful and strong way.
- 600 women including 400 selected female students as well as pioneering female leaders from General Electric Turkey, Turkish Air Forces, TEI and METU participated in the Guinness World Records attempt which took place in Eskisehir between 12.00 PM and 12.15 PM in local time simultaneously with the rest of the world on International Women's Day, March 8th, 2016.
- A panel was also held as part of the event in order to introduce the aviation industry better to female students who are interested in this field, during which several female leaders took the floor and gave a common message that increased presence of female leaders would accelerate the development of our country.
TEI (TUSAS Engine Industries, Inc.), a joint venture by Turk Havacilik ve Uzay Sanayii A.S., General Electric (GE), Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV) and Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK) to promote development of aviation industry in Turkey, has recently made an interesting record attempt. TEI participated in the Guinness World Record attempt titled Pink Paper Plane Challenge™, which was organized simultaneously worldwide this year as part of the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week which also covers March 8, and supported the event with 4092 planes made by approximately 600 people in Eskisehir between 12.00 PM and 12.15 PM in local time. Aviation for All Association assisted TEI in the organization.
The attempt took place in the garden of Haci Suleyman Cakir Anatolian High School for Girls, which was attended by the 200 students of the schools as well as 200 female students selected from 11 other Anatolian and Science High Schools chosen across Eskisehir by the Provincial Directorate of National Education. 80 female employees from TEI, GE Leaders, Female Columnists, press members and female leaders from other sectors also attended the event which was intended for celebration of both the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week and the International Women's Day on March 8 with an out-of-the-box organization.
‘Women of Aviation" get together at a panel to inspire female students
The record attempt, which painted the skies in pink, continued with the panel "Meeting of TEI Women of Aviation". The panel was held in the meeting hall of Haci Suleyman Cakir Anatolian High School for Girls, during which the industry was introduced to female students that are interested in aviation. Canan M. Ozsoy, Chairman and CEO of General Electric Turkey, Flt. Lt. Fatma Oz, Assistant Prof. Nilay Sezer Uzol, Department of Aerospace Engineering, METU, Buket Topel, Quality Manager at NDT and Special Processes, TEI, and Naile Bayraktar, General Coordinator of MSI Magazine gave inspiration to female students with their speeches, underlying the importance of increased women leadership in development of our country.
"Turkey has made a breakthrough in aviation and set ambitious targets, and it is not possible for us to achieve global success by utilizing only half of our talents," said Buket Topel, Quality Manager at NDT and Special Processes, TEI in her speech, underlying that it is a must for us to capitalize on the other half, that is, talents of Turkish women.
Canan M.Ozsoy, Chairman and CEO of General Electric Turkey, assessed in her speech the current position and importance of women in aviation industry. Ozsoy underlined that there is no "though" industry for women, sharing her inspiring story of success as a senior female manager in an industry based heavily on technological and industrial processes. "There are many successful female managers, production and R&D engineers in aviation industry in Turkey," Ozsoy noted and emphasized her personal mission to ensure that increasingly more women take roles in business life in the future.
"Visit to TEI, the Source of Power"
The event ended with a visit to TEI, a leading company in aviation engines in Turkey, after the panel, and the female students took a tour at TEI's premises during which they got to see the working environment at TEI and learn everything they would like to know about the industry on site.