Last month’s Airex show in Turkey (September 6 to 9) highlighted the country’s emergence as a hub of aviation growth on Europe’s boundary with the increasingly dynamic markets of Asia and the Middle East. Business aviation was a large facet of the event, which was staged on the general aviation apron of Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, reflecting growth being engineered by both foreign and local companies.
On December 21, Turkish-based Tusas Aerospace Industries shipped its first AW139 fuselage to AgustaWestland. Under a 2004 agreement, 250 fuselages for the medium twin will be manufactured in Ankara between last year and 2017. The company will deliver 24 this year.