The secondary legislation in Turkish aviation industry,
Regulation on Commercial Air Transportation (SHY-6A) has been
changed recently and published on the Official Gazette dated 16
Together with the effectiveness of the new Regulation, it is
obviously seen that Turkish Civil Aviation Authority tends to renew
the aircrafts at fleets and intolerant to be grounded for any
reason. The new regulation has raised concerns of the operator in
several perspectives including but not limited to fleet age
In our article you will find more about the limitations on
aircraft age to be implemented by the Turkish Civil Aviation and be
able follow the concerns of the industry in this respect.
Accordingly, as of 16 November 2013 Turkish Civil Aviation will
not allow to the operations of passenger transportation purpose
aircrafts older than 15 years old starting to count from the first
registration date to Turkish Civil Aircraft Registry. This applies
as maximum 25 years old in aircraft cargo. The limitation is not
applicable to fire extinguishing aircrafts and to the aircrafts
registered to Turkish Civil Aircraft Registry.
This was declared in many times by Turkish Civil Aviation
Authority's representatives in recent years however a seaplane
operator, SEABIRD's start up with old aircrafts during the time
of declarations resulted with the ignorance by many environments in
Alike the comparison of apple to apple, many companies, people
from the aviation industry started to ask about the future of their
aircrafts on fleet and favor (!) made to Seabird. Whereas, the
articulated aim is clear enough to apprehend the approach of the
As quoted above, the provision of article 19(i) does not refer
to the date of manufacture for aircrafts already registered in
Turkey under any circumstances whatsoever. It only refers to the
first registration date to the Turkish Civil Aircraft Registry that
makes difficult to realize the aim of the provision if the interest
is airworthiness itself.
Since the aircrafts are much more expensive than sea and land
vehicles and there is no certain benchmark for removal from the
fleet providing the regular maintenance and overhauls, the new
Regulation will have direct effect on insurance policies and this
will result with increase in lease agreements. It is obvious that
unless the design life projected by the OEMs ends the aircraft age
policies only results with the market change in ancillaries.
In this regard, a criticism against provision arises: What
should be the applicable age limitations to the aircrafts already
registered in Turkey? In construe of the provision the only answer
seems as "design life" unless a new limitation to the
registered aircrafts applied. The following question arises as: The
next question from insurance perspective arises as follows: How
will insurance companies make their risk analysis that will
structure the premium policies against the operators intending to
register a 14,5 year old aircraft? Will same risk analysis be
applicable to the operators registered aircrafts 20 years ago?
Namely, the priority of the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority
seems that it is just to ensure young fleet operations
notwithstanding the design life and insurance costs and MRO market
and not certainly the airworthiness or safety at least for short
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