On this page you will find a selection of my work for Turkish armed forces and about military events in Turkey.

Please feel free to download some PDF copies of my published work for non-commercial purposes.

Dirk Jan de Ridder

Big Hopes But What Now, in Air Forces Monthly (November 2016)
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Turkish Training Revolution, in Global Aviator (December 2014)
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Turkish Training Revolution, in FLYMAG (June 2016)
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“Currently, 141 instructor pilots train around 300 students at the Turkish Air Force’s 2nd Main Jet Base, using 174 aircraft of five types. They log a combined total of up to 30.000 flying hours per year. A regular flying day at Çigli is divided into four 2-hour blocks, each normally containing up to 30 sorties, during which either the KT-1s or T-38s are flying.”

From ‘Turkish Training Revolution’, FLYMAG (June 2016)

“Inspired by the US Marine Corps (USMC), the Army Aviation School has adopted their doctrine to train all pilots in both fixed wing as well as rotary aircraft. Students start with the fixed-wing course on the Cessna T182T Turbo Skylane. After graduation they will move on to the rotary section where they will fly the AB206R and Huey respectively. Once graduated on the Huey, the selection is made if a pilot will be a fixed-wing or rotary-wing pilot.”

From ‘Big Hopes But What Now’, AirForces Monthly (November 2016)

Changing Course – Turkish Army Aviation
September 6, 2016
Turkish Army helicopters made headlines during the military coup attempt that took place in July 2016. Read more
Turkish Training Revolution
June 25, 2016
As one of NATO’s largest air arms, the Turkish Air Force has a large demand for new pilots. Read more
An Arabian Affair – Anatolian Eagle 2013
July 7, 2013
The second edition of Anatolian Eagle in 2013 saw the air forces of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates participate to this two-week exercise. Read more