Cpt. Koray Yılmaz, MRAeS, MSc, BEng Koray graduated from City, University of London, with a First-Class Honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering, leading to a Master’s degree at Cranfield College of Aeronautics. After a short spell at FLS Aerospace (Stansted Airport), he moved onto work for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines based in Derby as an Aerodynamicist and Rig Test Manager. At Rolls-Royce, he was involved in rig testing of notable projects such as the Trent 1000 (Boeing 787), Joint Strike Fighter and low-noise fan research. Following a long sought desire to fly, he was finally awarded a full sponsorship by Cyprus Turkish Airlines (CTA) that saw him obtain his Airline Transport Pilot License at InterCockpit Pilot Training Network (Lufthansa Flight Training). Having flown for CTA on the Boeing 737NG for two years before the flag carrier’s unexpected closure, he was forced to set his eye on new horizons, seeing him fly for Pegasus Airlines on both B737 Classics and NGs, where he also got his command upgrade. Meanwhile, privately, he set up his own company “CockpitAero Training, Testing and Consultancy”. For self development, he kept himself busy acting as visiting lecturer at various universities specialising in aviation safety related subjects. Consequently, he was appointed as a Flight Simulation Training Device Manager supporting a flying school in acquiring and certifying an FNPTII, and establishing the first CAA (UK)-approved English Language Proficiency test centre in Cyprus. Currently, Koray flies for SunExpress as a Captain on the B737NG aircraft and works under the Training Management department as vice project manager. He is also an active member of the Royal Aeronautical Society Flight Operations Group.
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