First Landing on İstanbul New Airport

İstanbul New Airport welcomed first planes, model airplanes designed by high school students during the trainings held as part of the second “İstanbul Inter High School Model Airplane Competition”

Sunday, May 7 turned out to be a festive occasion with the second “Istanbul Inter High School Model Airplane Competition” held by İGA Airports in collaboration with the Istanbul Provincial Directorate for National Education and Istanbul Technical University (ITU). Competition finals also marked the first landing at İstanbul New Airport.   

172 students from 40 schools registered for the model airplane competition, which accepted applications from all high schools in Istanbul. 46 shortlisted students were entitled to receive training. Following the theoretical courses, 20 students who qualified for the finals took applied courses that culminated with the demonstration of model airplanes in the final round. 20 finalists competed in the teams titled Pulsar, Target, Şanlı Takım, Karavul, and Poyraz. Team Karavul successfully completed the flight tasks required by the competition to win the first prize, a technology store gift certificate of TL 6,000. 

The jury featured Yusuf Akçayoğlu, CEO of İGA Airports Construction; Mehmet Kalyoncu, Executive Board Member of İGA Airports; Ömer Faruk Yelkenci, Istanbul Provincial Director for National Education; Prof. Dr. İbrahim Özkol, Deputy Rector of İTU; Assoc. Prof. Temel Kotil, TUSAŞ General Manager; Selçuk Bayraktar, Technical Manager at Baykar; Güntay Şimşek and Tolga Özbek, journalists; and Dr. Hayri Acar and Asst. Prof. Emre Koyuncu, İTU Academics. 

Yusuf Akçayoğlu, CEO of İGA Airports Construction, expressed satisfaction with the number of applications that almost doubled last year and added: “Seeing the planes designed by the brilliant young people, only in high school, gives us hope for the future. Taking classes from professors of ITU, a university noted for competence in aeronautics, as part of this competition, is a pivotal experience for the high school students. At IGA, one of our biggest sources of satisfaction in this competition was to lift young people’s appetite for aeronautics. We should make a name for ourselves not only with our airport but also with the aeronautical industry in general, young people’s achievements and the technologies they develop. We must all take pride in the fact that the first airplane to have landed on the Istanbul New Airport is the work of such brilliant minds.”