Signing ceremony for 'Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Project Engine Final Assembly Line Establishment, Activation and 1st ASMC Command T-11 Test Cell Modification Phase Project' was held on March 23, 2017, at SSIK (Defense Industry Executive Committee) meeting hall of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries upon attendance of Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir, Undersecretary for Defense Industries, and Prof. Dr. Mahmut F. Aksit, President and CEO of TEI.
Upon execution of this agreement following the planning and management phases completed as part of the initiatives for Engine Final Assembly / Check-Out Line and Establishment of the Depot-Level Maintenance Center for the European Region, Tusas Engine Industries Inc. (TEI) will realize 1st ASMC T-11 Test Cell Modification and Engine Final Assembly / Check-Out (FACO) Line Assembly within a period of three-year project schedule at the 1st ASMC Command in Eskisehir. The capabilities acquired as part of the project, to be carried out under the leadership of Aircraft Department of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (UDI), will serve for not only assembly and testing processes of any engines, to be included in the inventory of the Republic of Turkey, but also establishment of a facility and infrastructure for regional engine maintenance, repair, overhaul and testing processes at the 1st ASMC Command.
JSF project, described as the largest defense industries supply project of all times, will be carried out by Tusas Engine Industries Inc. (TEI), acting as the main contractor, and multiple domestic sub-contractors, under which the 1st ASMC Command will be the first center to be established for the purpose of providing heavy maintenance and repair services for JSF aircraft of all users across the European region.
As the leading aviation engines brand in Turkey, TEI celebrated the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week with two organizations in a gorgeous way once again.
TEI organized the "Contest of Making and Flying a Model Aircraft" for female high school students for the purpose of encouraging them to the aviation industry on International Women's Day, March 8th, 2017.
In the afternoon, an organization was held to introduce the female students, who were interested in aviation, to the industry much closely; and the women took the floor to deliver speeches as the sources of inspiration in the field of aviation, giving the common message that increasing the number of woman leaders would reveal the entire potential of our country.
The week covering the date March 8th has been celebrating as "Women of Aviation Worldwide Week" since 2010 with a different and meaningful theme in the memory of March 8th, 1910 when the first woman pilot was licensed across the world. Accordingly, TEI held two different organizations on March 8th with the support of the Provincial Directorate of National Education in Eskisehir. During the first organization, held in the morning, 40 female students from 20 different schools attended the Contest of Making and Flying a Model Aircraft at Sabiha Gokcen Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School. Prof.Dr.Orhan Oguz Anatolian High School won the first place in the category of making the best aircraft while Ahi Evran Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School ranked first in the category of flying the model aircraft made for a maximum period of time.
‘Women of Aviation" get together at a panel to inspire female students
The second organization, held in the afternoon, was "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. Dr.Aybike Molbay, General Manager of General Electric Aviation - Turkey Technology Center and Member of the Board of Directors at TEI, Doc.Dr.Melike Nikbay, Faculty Member, Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Istanbul Technical University, Gokce Kubra Tugran Yildirim, A320 First Officer at Turkish Airlines, Pinar Gunaydin, MRO Manager at TEI and Ayse Akalin, Chief Editor of Defence Turkey Magazine, took floor to deliver speeches and gave the common message to the female student that they should find their favorite profession and improve themselves in the respective field. Sharing the industry-specific experiences they gained, the speakers emphasized that the number of women serving in the aviation industry was too low, and encouraged the female students to build their careers in the field of aviation. The organization ended following the Q&A session and presentation of plaques.
TEI – TUSAS Engine Industries Inc. took the first step to keep its word.
Pursuing the vision of Turkey for "having globally competitive, original power systems", TEI disclosed in the previous days that it would increase its qualified workforce by 20% and provide job opportunities for a total of 374 persons covering 207 white-collar employees and 167 technicians, making 4 times more contributions than expected to national employment mobilization in 2017.
As part of the "On-the-Job Training Program", initiated by Iskur (Turkish Employment Agency) in order to decrease unemployment rate, and the "Project for Training Highly Competent Technical Personnel in Turkish Aviation Industry" which is carried out under the coordination of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, TEI not only satisfied its own need for qualified workforce but also provided the inexperienced persons with the opportunity to work by providing them the opportunity to put the theoretical information they have learned into practice in line with the needs of the industry.
TEI delivered personnel ID cards to 57 persons, who have successfully completed these two programs, at the Collective Inauguration held on March 01, 2017, and thus, took the first step to keep its word for contribution to employment.
Delivering the keynote speech, Prof. Dr. Mahmut Faruk Aksit, President and CEO of TEI, said: "We stated to make 4 times more contributions than expected to national employment mobilization campaign, initiated by our President, throughout 2017. Today, we organized the collective inauguration for 57 persons, and kept our word. I wish to extend my thanks to the Provincial Directorates of Labor and Iskur (Turkish Employment Agency) and the Provincial Directorate of National Education for the precious contributions they have provided during this period. Meanwhile, I would like to take this opportunity to disclose a piece of good news to you: We will initiate a new On-the-Job Training Program."
Appearing on the stage to deliver a speech, Azmi Celik, the Governor of Eskisehir, highlighted that TEI's program is a good example for the national employment mobilization campaign carried out across our country, and thanked TEI for its contributions.
The ceremony ended upon delivery of personnel ID cards to the new employees of TEI.
TEI, the leading aviation engines manufacturer in Turkey, participated in the event of Cooperation Days in Defense and Aerospace held between October 11-13 in Ankara Congresium.
In the event that TEI ran a booth, Procurement Management and Supplier Development Management pursued new business opportunities, holding meetings with the suppliers. During the program, Turgut Cicek, TEI Quality and Manufacturing Engineering Director, gave a presentation on the Practices of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and Use of Suppliers at TEI.
Country-wide promotional activities have been launched by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology in order to inform the companies about the support for R&D and Design activities, and also enable the companies, which have the potential to become an R&D and Design Center, to benefit from such supports. In the Eskisehir leg, held on October 6, of these promotional activities, TEI, selected as the most successful R&D Center of 2014 and 2015 in aviation industry for the second time in a row was invited to the program by the Ministry to share its experience. Following the speech of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ilker Murat Ar, the General Manager of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, Semih Pilatin, acting as the Technology Programs Manager at TEI and also TEI R&D Center Official, gave a presentation, on behalf of TEI, about what TEI have gained by being a R&D Center, the development of TEI R&D Center experienced for years as well as the initiatives and activities carried out for this purpose.
In Istanbul Air Show, the biggest civil aviation fair in the region, TEI, the leading aviation engines manufacturer in Turkey, had the opportunity to display its new products.
Taking a stroll in the exhibition area after the opening ceremony of Istanbul Air Show, started on October 6 and to last for 4 days, Mr. Ahmet Arslan, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications visited the booth of TEI. During the visit, Prof. Dr. Mahmut F. Aksit, President and CEO of TEI, informed Mr. Arslan about the TS1400 engine to power the Original Helicopter of Turkey and the models of PD170 engine developed for MALE-class unmanned aerial vehicles. Moreover, Mr. Aksit introduced the 5 Stage blisk parts with a highly complex geometry to be manufactured in the building of the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, which was unveiled recently.
TEI, the leading aviation engines manufacturer in Turkey, will participate in Istanbul Air Show, an important aviation fair in civil and military industry in Turkey.
At Istanbul Airshow to be held between 6-9 October, TEI will display its 5 Stage blisk parts with a highly complex geometry as the only supplier in the world, except GE, of GE LEAP, the most preferred engine for the next generation commercial aircrafts. Moreover, the TS1400 engine to power the Original Helicopter of Turkey and the models of PD170 engine developed for MALE-class unmanned aerial vehicles will be unveiled at the booth of TEI.
TEI, the leading aviation engines manufacturer in Turkey, debuted its Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Building with a ceremony attended by Mr. Fikri Isik, Minister of Defense, Mr. Nabi Avci, Minister of Culture and Tourism, and other guests.
Engine components to be produced in the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Building are expected to bring in nearly USD 2 billion sales/export revenues by 2035.
TEI President and CEO Mahmut F. Aksit gave the keynote speech at the opening ceremony, underlining TEI's position as the leading supplier of LEAP engine parts globally thanks to this investment. Aksit also noted the building costs USD 10 million and has a total investment value of USD 110 million together with its manufacturing equipment, however, the investment is expected to bring in USD 2 billion through export of the parts to be produced in the new building over the next two decades.
Mike Wilking, VP of Business Development, Sales & Marketing of Military Systems at General Electric Aviation took the floor after Aksit's speech and expressed his satisfaction on TEI's position as a leading global engine supplier leveraged by their more than 30 years of partnership, and noted that they would continue to invest in the future.
Nabi Avci, Minister of Culture and Tourism and Member of the Parliament for Eskisehir, highlighted the importance of TEI to Eskisehir. "TEI adds significant value to not only the industry but also the social life in Eskisehir through the social and training projects it has carried out" he noted.
Fikri Isik, Minister of Defense, took the floor for the final speech, during which he draw attention to the current situation since the coup attempt on July 15. "I would like to congratulate people of Command of Combatant Air Force on their successful operations against the terrorists disguised in military uniform, and thank people of Eskisehir once again for standing for democracy," he said. Minister of Defense also underlined TEI's achievements so far: "TEI is a source of pride for Turkey as it has become a leading global engine part manufacturer and turned Eskisehir into an important center in this area. Companies which have faith in Turkey always win, and General Electric represents a good example of this fact," he said. "Design of the diesel engine for UAVs has been completed and manufacture is planned for 2018; thanks to this design, we will be able to export it without any limitations and I congratulate TEI management and employees on this great achievement.
I'm happy to say that we will be able to produce an original aircraft engine within 5 years, and TEI will be the manufacturer of this engine".
After delivery of speeches, company ID cards were presented to 31 new employees who completed the On-the-Job Training Program conducted by TEI in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
Finally, the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Building was put into service with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the stage.
After the opening ceremony, Minister of Defense Fikri Isik and Minister of Culture and Tourism Nabi Avci visited the manufacturing site and pushed the button to launch production of blisk parts for use in next generation engines.
Minister of Defense took a tour around the premises accompanied by the company officers, and left TEI after a short debrief.
Fikri Isik, Minister of Defense, Nabi Avci, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Azmi Celik, Governor of Eskisehir, General Hasan Kucukakyuz, Commander of Combatant Air Force, Harun Karacan, AKP Member of the Parliament for Eskisehir, Prof.Dr.Yilmaz Buyukersen, Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, Ferhat Kapici, Chief Public Prosecutor of Eskisehir, Prof.Dr.Naci Gundogan, President of Anadolu University, Lt. Gen. Orhan Akbas, Director General of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (Former), Koksal Liman, Chairman at TEI, Muharrem Dortkasli, CEOI at TAI and many high profile delegates were present at the ceremony.
TEI employees and their families came together for the traditional picnic organized on the campus of TEI on Sunday, September 04. During the event, various activities were held for the children and the families. Following the activities, Cup Ceremony for Traditional TEI Spring Tournament, held for the 30th time this year with the participation of approximately 600 employees in 6 different branches, took place for the champions of the year. Giving a speech at the ceremony, Prof. Dr. Mahmut F. Aksit, President and CEO of TEI, congratulated the winners, and thanking all the employees, stated that such organizations strengthened the bonds of TEI family. After his speech, Aksit had a good time with the children attending the picnic and shared their entertainment.
Features of the materials, used in aviation engines, are required to be known at high accuracy and reliability so that they are used in design analyses. Accordingly, it is a must for the laboratories, where materials data are obtained, run in compliance with the international standards and be accredited. Therefore, TEI installed TEI Material Testing and Research Laboratory within the organization of Design Engineering Directorate in 2014.
TEI Material Testing and Research Laboratory was entitled to obtain Nadcap accreditation, which is recognized by global aviation authorities and managed by PRI (Performance Review Institute), for 18 months to start as of May 2016. Included in top-10 companies among Nadcap-accredited 3672 companies with its 8 different special process groups previously, TEI is now among top-5 companies with its 9 different special process group accreditations upon grant of this accreditation.
Turkish Exporters' Assembly announced that TEI, the leading company in aircraft engine industry across Turkey, maintained its second-place ranking among the companies with the highest export volume in Defense and Aerospace Industry.
The leading company in aircraft engines in Turkey and an emerging company among the defense and aerospace companies in the world, TEI - TUSAS Engine Industries Inc. maintained its second-place ranking with export figures achieved. It ranked up to 47th rank from 52nd rank in the total export ranking covering all industries. With actual export figures of more than 220 million US dollars in 2015 thanks to its high quality products and services manufactured by means of its infrastructure and technical capabilities, TEI continues to provide contributions to national economy with utilization of suppliers up to 30%.
The program was launched upon execution of the agreement between Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (UDI), TUSAS, the main contractor, and Sikorsky Aircraft, the main sub-contractor, as part of the "Turkish Utility Helicopter Program".
Involved in the project as the licensed engine manufacturer, TEI will not only manufacture "T700-TEI-701D" engines, powering the Blackhawk helicopters, but also be responsible for all part and module manufacturing, engine assembly, testing, sales and after-sales logistic support services. Under the project, TEI will deliver 236 engines, including the substitutes, for 109 helicopters.
TEI's President and CEO Prof. Dr. Mahmut F. Aksit said: "Besides critical parts to be needed by an engine throughout its life, engine hot parts such as combustion chamber will be manufactured for the first time in Turkey by TEI, and engine assembly and testing processes will be performed at TEI. As part of after-sales support, we will have the opportunity to carry out the Depot Level Maintenance processes of T700 engine family, available in the inventory of Turkish end-users, with domestically manufactured parts. Moreover, we will be able to provide depot level maintenance service to T700 engine users in a wider pre-determined geography outside Turkey. We aim at providing optimal benefit for all of its stakeholders at a competitive price through such program."
Under the project, 109 T70 Blackhawk Helicopters will be delivered to 6 different users; namely Turkish Land Forces Command, Turkish Air Forces Command, General Command of Turkish Gendarmerie, Special Forces Command, Turkish National Police and General Directorate of Forestry within 10 years.
- 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.
A global brand in aircraft engines industry, TEI celebrated its 30th anniversary with a festive occasion organized at its headquarters in Eskisehir. Nearly 4 thousand people, comprised of TEI personnel and their families, attended the occasion during which attendants had picnics, children planted trees, and family members of TEI personnel took a tour at the manufacturing site of the aircraft engines exported worldwide. Games and raffles were organized at the occasion, during which TEI personnel shared the excitement of 30th anniversary with their family members.
As the first company that comes to mind in Turkey in production of aircraft engine components and a rising star among other companies operating in global defense industry, TEI - TUSAS Engine Industries Inc. celebrated its 30th anniversary with an amazing event that reflects its glory. The traditional annual picnic organization was held on the green campus of TEI's headquarters in Eskisehir. Gungor Azim Tuna, Governor of Eskisehir, Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir, Undersecretary for Defense Industries, General Abidin Unal, Commander of Combatant Air Force and Air Missile Defense, Muharrem Dortkasli, Chairman of TEI, and nearly 4 thousand people comprised of TEI personnel and their families got together at the occasion. The occasion started with a tour across the factory, during which the families of TEI personnel took a tour at the manufacturing site where components of the engines that power unmanned aerial vehicles and hundreds of aircraft flying around the world are manufactured; and found the opportunity to see the work places of their spouses and parents. After the tour, children of TEI personnel experienced the happiness of planting trees and giving them life by watering them for the first time.
FUN TIME WITH GAMES, DANCES AND RAFFLES
Delicious food and snacks were offered at the picnic which brought together nearly 4 thousand people. TEI personnel and their family members both socialized with one another and had a pleasant time with the Caucasian folk dances, "30 Prizes for the 30th Anniversary" Raffle which saw a huge excitement, and the memorable firework displays. Gungor Azim Tuna, Governor of Eskisehir, gave a speech after the occasion, expressing the value and importance of TEI both for defense industry in our country and for Eskisehir. General Abidin Unal, Commander of Combatant Air Force and Air Missile Defense, also gave a speech at the event and noted that he had been flying safe and secure for 30 years since he trusted his life with TEI family. Muharrem Dortkaslı, Chairman of TEI, on the other hand, underlined the great size and value of TUSAS family and focused on the dedicated efforts and devotion of TEI employees and their families in his speech. As the host of the event, Mahmut F. Aksit, President and CEO of TEI, gave a short presentation, showing the current position TEI has reached, and then thanked all employees and their families for their contributions in this success. Nabi Avci, Minister of Education, could not participate in the event because of his busy schedule, but sent a telegram to celebrate TEI's 30th anniversary and thanked TEI and its personnel for their relentless works to become a prime global aircraft engine manufacturer. TEI's total export reached USD 236 million, of which 75% accounts for civil aviation and 25% for military in 2014; and with its target of USD 300 million this year, the company plays an important role for Turkey's target of becoming a technological base for the global defense industry.
The R&D Center of TUSAS Engine Industries, Inc. (TEI) was selected as the best of the year in aviation industry by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology for the second time in a row.
TEI achieved another great success in its 30th anniversary as it received the "Best R&D Center" award in aviation again in 2015 after receiving the award for the first time in 2014.
The Ministry reviewed R&D operations of many companies across the country and chose TEI as the best of aviation industry due to its performance in 2014. The award winners were determined by the Ministry after comprehensive assessments based on the performance parameters determined with the contributions of academicians and representatives of all R&D centers across the country.
"Crowning our 30th anniversary with an award increased our motivation even more and we feel extremely happy for this," Mahmut Faruk Aksit, President and CEO of TEI, expressed his feelings about the great success achieved by TEI. Aksit, President and CEO of TEI, underlined how they made their best at TEI to create an established engine industry in Turkey, and said "Today one of every two aircraft, flying in the skies, in civil aviation industry uses parts and components produced by TEI. I think, even this piece of information is enough to demonstrate TEI's position in global aviation industry. TEI not only supports the industry by creating employment but also shapes the direction of the aviation industry, and makes its plans accordingly; and recently the company determined its strategic road map at the "Vision-Mission Workshop" organized under the leadership of Ismail Demir, Undersecretary for Defense Industries. With this workshop, we have demonstrated what actions will be taken with respect to design of domestically-made aircraft engine, an issue of great importance to us. In light of this and other initiatives we take, we continue our efforts intended for development of an original engine for the national original helicopter project. In addition, we aim to contribute to the development process of the indigenous regional aircraft and national combat aircraft project in the long term. All these initiatives require making a very significant investment in R&D. And we continue our investments without any slow-down. We are extremely honored for being recognized by the Ministry with this award for the second time."
The leading company in military and civil aviation engines in Turkey, TEI hosted Vecdi Gonul, Minister of Defense, at its headquarters in Eskisehir. Muharrem Dortkasli, Chairman of TEI, delivered the keynote speech at the occasion, during which Mahmut Faruk Aksit, President and CEO of TEI, also gave a presentation on TEI's current projects. After the presentation, the briefing ended with presentation of plaques mutually.
Subsequently, Gungor Azim Tuna, Governor of Eskisehir, and Ismail Demir, Undersecretary for Defense Industries and the accompanying delegation accompanied Minister Gonul during his visit to the factory site where high-tech products are manufactured, with the guidance of Muharrem Dortkasli and Mahmut Faruk Aksit. At the end of the occasion, Minister Vecdi Gonul expressed his satisfaction and thanked TEI's senior management for their works.
T700 / CT7 Seminar, a regular event organized by General Electric (GE) was hosted by TUSAS Engine Industries (TEI) between November 11 - 12 this year. As the users of Sikorsky S70 BlackHawk and Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopters and Casa CN23 Transport Aircraft, all powered by T700 / CT7 engines, in Turkey, representatives of Turkish Land Forces Command, Turkish Air Forces Command, Turkish Naval Forces Command, Special Regiment of Special Forces Command, General Command of Turkish Gendarmerie, Turkish Coast Guard Command, Turkish National Police and Undersecretariat for Defense Industries as well as of the Ministry of Defense attended the organization.
Current updates and future plans regarding T700 / CT7 engines were conveyed by GE and TEI personnel at the seminar. Also information was shared with the users to facilitate their maintenance processes and use. In addition, users received technical support as to use of their engines more efficiently since they had the opportunity to ask their questions to GE personnel, who were involved in the design process of the engines and provide support services all around the world, during the seminar, and received information about how to solve the problems they frequently face. The participants thanked General Electric for organizing the seminar and TEI for hosting the event, at the end of the event, which proved to be highly productive.
As part of the JSF F-35 (Joint Strike Fighter) project, which involves Turkey as well, establishment of the regional Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul Center for Pratt & Whitney's (P&W) F135 engine to power these aircraft, at the facilities of the 1st Air Supply and Maintenance Center Command (1st ASMCC) has been decided. Regional maintenance, repair, overhaul and all follow-on operational support will be carried out under the roof of the 1st ASMCC facilities, with TEI being the prime contractor. Accordingly, after a series of preliminary meetings attended by the representatives of the Undersecretary for Defense Industries, Turkish Air Forces, Joint Project Office (JPO) and P&W, TEI executed a Phase I Prime Contractor Agreement with the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries in the second half of 2015. In parallel to this agreement, a subcontractor agreement was executed by and between TEI and Pratt & Whitney. The parties continue to work on the collaboration and protocol to be established between Turkish Air Forces and TEI within the framework of the business model set as per these agreements.
As part of the project, Katrina G.McFarland, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition) , visited TEI's premises in Eskisehir on Wednesday, November 11 for on-site observation of the works. During her visit, she was briefed on the general capabilities of TEI and the current progress of the project as well as the actions to be taken during the next phases. Following the briefing, McFarland noted that she had already knowledge about the current position of the Aviation Industry in Turkey but her opinions were solidified after the visit, and she thanked for the hospitality shown towards her. After presentation of a Plaque, the event ended with Katrina G.McFarland writing a message on TEI visitors' books.
As the leading company of Turkey in aviation engines, TEI participated in Dubai Air Show, one of the most important fairs of the Arabian Gulf in civil and military sector, and displayed its high-tech products at the fair.
The blisk component used in the next-generation aircraft engine LEAP as well as the original TJ90 engine developed by TEI for unmanned aerial vehicles drew a great deal of attention at Dubai Air Show, held between November 08-12. TEI's booth hosted several meetings with prominent companies in the industry throughout the fair. Being the supplier of the products used for one of every two aircraft in civil aviation field, TEI aims to increase its presence in the gulf regions with this organization which turned out to be very productive for the company.
TEI continues to provide support to the "Vocational High School Coaching Program", which is organized by Private Sector Volunteers Association (PSVA) and saw its first graduates in June 2015, for the period of 2015 -2017. The new period of the program commenced with the opening ceremony held at TEI's headquarters in Eskisehir.
K. Levent Tufekci, Human Resources Director at TEI, Osman Anil, Head Master of Ataturk Technical and Industrial Vocational High School, and Cagri Kose, representative of Private Sector Volunteers Association, were present at the ceremony which was also attended by several coaching volunteers and students. In his keynote speech, K. Levent Tufekci stated that more than 200 students applied for the program, among which 96 applicants were selected; and congratulated the students who joined the program. Tufekci also noted that at TEI, they attached a great importance to social responsibility projects, and thanked 16 TEI employees who took part in the project voluntarily. Head Master Osman Anil took the floor after Tufekci, and thanked TEI for its supports to Ataturk Technical and Industrial Vocational High School under the program. The ceremony ended with the students and their coaches meeting after speeches were delivered.