About Us

Turkish Airlines Flight Academy (TAFA) was established as a sub-brand of Turkish Airlines for the purpose of training the pilots required by Turkish Airlines and other airlines as well as providing the pilot training (ATP (A) Unified Airline Transport Pilot Training). TAFA has been providing flight training at the academy facilities located in Aydın Çıldır Airport since 2013 and features 25 training aircrafts, 3 flight simulators, 6 classrooms and totally 25 teachers, including 23 FI instructors and 2 TI instructors in its current fleet. Currently providing 136 students with training, the Academy has 847 graduates to date.

Corporate Approach

Founded in 2004 with the vision of being one of the most reliable flight training centers in which the world's best airline pilots are trained, TAFA has recognized Safety, Quality, Experience and Development as the most important values of its brand and promises to offer the pilot training and support services to Turkish Airlines and other airlines at international quality and safety standards and to train distinguished airline pilots.


Our Logo

The four-striped pattern in our logo represents the aviation, the pilot training, and the epaulets on the shoulders and sleeves of captain pilots. Candidate pilots wear two stripes, second pilots three and captain pilots four. The gold threads in our logo represent the excellence of the training we provide and the knowledge and experience which TAFA promises.



Each phase of the training at TAFA features the awareness of safety. The aim is to provide the pilot candidates with the safety culture required by professional standards. The graduates are expected to start their profession with a high safety awareness.


The quality of the training provided at TAFA reflects its efficiency, success and effect. One of the strongest sides of the brand is the training which strictly adheres to the rules of professional ethics and which is at the level of international quality standards.


TAFA benefits from the rich heritage of Turkish Airlines brand, its corporate culture and experience in all stages of the training. All pilot candidates are intended to gain Turkish Airlines and flight experience.


TAFA aspires to create added value in the trainings it provides and in the vocational development of the pilot candidates with the objective of continuous development. This belief and added value aim to develop occupational standards and provide the required occupational competence for the pilot candidates for a successful future.

We Are Reliable

The most important achievement of being a family and a team is the sense of trust. This is a mutual feeling. Safety, service quality and our functional operation, which we guarantee systematically in accordance with our reliability and standards are one of the most important elements of our culture.

We Are a Team

TAFA is an institution where the team spirit is actively kept alive. Individuals have the consciousness of being the part of a big family, which has worldwide services. This consciousness states a working method which includes dialogue, is based on mutual trust, is respectful to the works done, complements each another and solves the problems together.

We Are Agile

Dynamism is vital in the trainings and in the spirit we have acquired. Our duty is to adapt to the changes and innovations in aviation sector rapidly and sturdily while complying with the standards. Proactive working approach that is oriented to read the opportunities in the right way and open to innovative working styles are the parts of our culture.

We Are a Family

Turkish Airlines is a big family, serving globally. Our pilots are the ones who take this family's greatest responsibilities.TAFA gets its power from this big family working in harmony.We are a big family who act in unity, support each other, are tolerant, are sensitive to the environment and to the rights to life of all livings.

We Are a Hospitable

Hospitality, which is one of the most important elements of Turkish Airlines service quality, is the most important behavior characteristic of TAFA.The interest, smiling face, courtesy, respect and sincerity that we show to each other with our pilot candidates, students and employees, and all of our stakeholders, are important indicators of our culture of hospitality.

The Development of TAFA From Past to Today


The authorizations for ‘Establishing a School’ and ‘Beginning the Trainings’ were obtained. The authorizations from SHGM were obtained.


1 multi engine DA-42 type aircraft was purchased, and 3 new aircrafts were added to Cessna fleet.


2 pcs C510 Mustang type jet aircrafts were bought, and 4 new aircrafts were added to Cessna fleet and the number of single engine aircrafts reached 10.


The flight trainings were started at Aydın Çıldır Airport. 6 single engine DA-40 type aircrafts were bought, and the number of single engine aircrafts increased to 16.

6 DA-42 Diamond type aircrafts were bought and the number of multi engine aircrafts increased to 8 in total.


3 Cessna type aircrafts were bought, and the number of the single engine aircrafts increased to 19. 2 FNPT II simulators were bought and the number of the simulators reached 3. The first stage of Flight Training Service provided to Air Force was completed.


The highest number of total landings-take offs was reached. A contract was signed to train the pilots of Gendarmerie General Command at TAFA and graduation ceremony of 70-74th fleets was carried out in 2018 with a total of 119 graduates.


Directorate of Flight Training and Academy was founded.


By purchasing 3 Cessna type aircrafts, CPL/IR Integrated training was started with 16 students. In the same year, it became a member of KALDER (Quality Association).


The number of DA42 aircraft increased to 2 and FNPT II MCC simulator training device was purchased and started to be used.


Aydın Çıldır Airport was built and the location of the operation was moved to Aydın.


The terminal building and hangar were built.


The works of brand and corporate identity were carried out. The name of the company was changed to Turkish Airlines Flight Academy. The second stage of Flight Training Service provided to Air Force was completed.