It was shared on social media that a helicopter landed in Marmaris Kumlubük Bay the previous day, among the bewildered looks of the people on the beach. While there was reaction to the images, comments were made about the helicopter that landed on the beach in Marmaris for dinner, putting people’s lives at risk. It was stated that the helicopter brought customers to the yacht club next to the hotel and that these people went to a boat after eating. Hürriyet reached out to Temel Akçay, the owner of VAV Teknoloji, who used the helicopter.
Stating that they used the helicopter with her husband, Nilüfer Akçay, Turkey’s second female ultra-light aircraft pilot, Akçay said:
WE EXPRESSED THE COORDINATE
“We are an aviation-loving family. Me and my brother Tamer Akçay are two of Turkey’s 6 civilian helicopter pilots. My wife, Nilüfer Akçay, is Turkey’s second female ultra-light aircraft pilot. My daughter is also 17 years old, she is the youngest female ultra light aircraft pilot in Turkey, she will get her license at the age of 18. The previous day, we landed at Marmaris Kumlubuk location, within the framework of the coordinates we had informed the State Airports. According to the civil aviation legislation, you can land wherever you provide safety under the responsibility of the pilot. We fill in the flight plan as ZZZZ, that is, we landed on the beach at the exact coordinates we reported, even though it was okay to land a little to the right or left of it.
WE WENT BREAKFAST
In America, in many parts of the world, helicopters are widely used to herd animals, go from home to work, to the farm, to the cottage. It is thought that only holding bosses can buy it in Turkey, but it can be bought for the price of a car, with a price of 300 to 600 thousand dollars. Its fuel is also much less costly than the gasoline consumed by a powerful car. For example, the daily price of parking a helicopter at Menderes Airport is 15 TL. Ultra light planes cost between 50 thousand and 100 thousand dollars. We organize such trips as two associations from Izmir, which we established with the aim of popularizing amateur aviation. But that day we went there to have breakfast on Pilot Tuna Kaptan’s boat.
WE HAVE EVERY SAFETY
Our pilot friend took all the safety precautions the day before. The landing area will not be an obstacle and there will be no people at a distance of 20 meters in front of and behind the helicopter. We informed the Turunc Gendarmerie in the morning. We landed with the help of the pilot on the ground. A fire extinguisher was also available at the hotel.”
HEAVY SANCTIONS ARE ON THE WAY
Reminding that the landing point of the helicopter is 9.5 kilometers from the beach area, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation made the following statement: “Relevant operator and pilot explanations will be requested in order to explain the difference between the coordinate specified in the flight plan and the landing area. Necessary evaluations will be made by establishing a commission within the scope of SHY-1 and SHY-6C Regulations within the scope of the said explanations and the data in hand, and if deemed necessary within the scope of this evaluation, administrative action will be taken before the operator and the pilot. (Fine under the SHY-IPC Regulation, operation on the pilot license under the SHY-1 Regulation, etc.) The crime here is not landing on the beach. Amateur helicopters can land anywhere, provided that they meet the conditions. The State Airports Authority should approve and someone should wait with a fire extinguisher in the landing area. And environmental safety must be ensured. From our point of view, the crime is not following the flight plan.” (Aysel Alp – Hürriyet)