I started my career as an aircraft maintenance engineer and worked in different airlines and maintenance organisations both in Turkey and in the UK. I held aircraft maintenance licenses from Turkish DGCA, FAA and UK CAA/EASA. I then worked as a Quality Engineer for SR Technics UK Ltd (Formerly FLS Aerospace UK Ltd) until 2005 and subsequently held the ‘Continuing Airworthiness Post Holder’ position for Flightline, a UK charter airline. In 2008, I joined City University London as a Senior Lecturer and also Wake QA as a part time IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) auditor. Since then I had the opportunity to visit 25 airlines in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe and audited their Quality & Safety Management Systems. In September 2015, I joined the ‘Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre’ (CSAIC), became the course director for MSc Airworthiness in 2017. In addition to my academic responsbilities, I also hold the ‘Quality Manager’ position for our National Flying Laboratory Centre’s SPO Authorisation and Part M Approval.
I have been a member of the UK Flight Safety Committee since 2010 and a member of the ‘Executive Board’ as the Vice Chairman since 2015. Also I have been chairing the Technical Committee of the International Federation of Airworthiness since 2011 and represented IFA in the European Commercial Aviation Safety Team until 2016. Subsequently I continued contributing to the ‘Commercial Air Transport – Collaborative Analysis Group’ and ‘Human Factors Collaborative Analysis Group’ on behalf of IFA.
I currently hold BEng (Hons) Degree in Aircraft Engineering from Kingston University and MSc Air Transport Management from City University London and currently pursuing my PhD at Cranfield University on the topic of ‘Risk Culture in Commercial Air Transport’.