Ali Ismet Ozturk: The First Professional and National Aerobatic Pilot of Türkiye
Ali İsmet Öztürk who has started flying in 1984, established Mach Aviation Ltd. Company in 1989. The company has become the most comprehensive aviation organization in our country in the fields of the aerial photography and aerial filming and, it has received many awards in these branches. In the following years, Ali İsmet Öztürk has become the first name to bring the helicopter live broadcast technology to our country. In 1999, he continued his career as a professional acrobat and chose this career as a life style for himself.
In 2004, he attracted the attention of foreign sponsors and started intensive flight activities abroad by the support of these foreign sponsors. Besides, in the light of these developments which are of great importance for the promotion of Türkiye, it was for the first time that a civilian Turkish aerobatic pilot took the place he deserved in the world skies. He also became a significant name in many airshows organized in Europe.
Until 2013, he participated in more than 500 airshow organizations and made flights in 22 different countries. He reached more than 25 million spectators by completing 859 display flights with no errors. In the meantime, he made 150.000 km of ways and he accomplished more than 400 training flights per year.
In 2005, he received “Display Authorisation” Certificate with the utmost degree from English Civilian Aviation Authorities. He also received “The Best Airshow Pilot in the Promotion of his Sponsor Award” in 2006 from EAC “European Airshow Consul” which is organized annually. He was chosen the “Best Solo Display” in many airshow organizations in Europe.
For 34 years after beginning the flights Ali İsmet Öztürk has occupied himself only with professional aviation and he became the “first name” in many experiences in the field of civilian aviation in Türkiye. As a Turkish aviator, Ali İsmet Öztürk has commercial pilot license for helicopters and airplanes, IFR Certificates for multi-engine helicopters and airplanes and instructor pilot and instrument flying licences. He holds helicopter and airplane maintenance technician licenses as well. Ali İsmet Öztürk who has experienced flights in more than 50 different aircrafts, has spent more than 5000 flight hours with various types of helicopters and planes.
Ali İsmet Öztürk is still flying in S.H.M. (Sivrihisar Aviation Center) and he has devoted all his professional experiences to Turkish youth.
''Legendary'' Purple Violet
The Purple Violet, one of the most advanced aerobatic aircrafts of the world was only and especially designed for airshow aerobatics and she was ordered as Pitts based. However, she is way more superior as a special production aircraft. The construction of Purple Violet by Ali İsmet Öztürk and his team lasted for a year in 2003. Hence, the maneuvers made by this aircraft were visually enriched and its flight safety and airshow qualifications were enhanced. This special show machine designed against high G forces is resistant to +/-10 G and it has all the characteristics that enables the pilot to get less tired against these forces. This aircraft endowed with 400 HP engine is always controlled by the support of a computer during flights and the pilot is informed in any unusual situations. Her three-blade propeller with composite production was designed only for aerobatics. While this excellent show plane performs its display excessing the 400 km/hour from time to time, she spends 38 gallons of fuel (approximately 152 liters) and 45 gallons of smoke (approximately 180 liters) in an hour.