COORDINATION AND COOPERATION

CIVIL - MILITARY COOPERATION

Turkish military authorities play a major role in managing (and controlling) parts of Turkish airspace. Although Military and Civil ATC services are entirely independent of each other, efficient and well working civil/military coordination is maintained. Coordination between the military authorities and the ANSP (DHMi) is ensured through the Civil-Military Coordination Group. This Group is responsible for the establishment of policy and airspace management at a national level. The DGCA, DHMi (ANSP) and Turkish Air Force (Military Service Provider) cooperate for the establishment of policy and airspace management at a national level. In order to increase the capacity of Turkish airspace during the period up to the implementation of the SMART system, DHMi and the Military Authorities are planning increased coordination/cooperation.

Status of FUA Application: Although the Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) concept of EUROCONTROL has not been applied, the Turkish Air Force and DHMi have developed their own alternate and practical FUA concept, which is considered to be more suitable to the special geo-political situation of Turkey. The Turkish Military, through a more efficient alternate FUA concept, has shown much flexibility in relinquishing un-used Military Airspace to DHMi when no military traffic is expected (evenings, weekends, etc).

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

The DHMi has continued to participate at all relevant international fora in 2006, with particular emphasis placed on the activities of ICAO, ECAC, EUROCONTROL and CANSO, of which Turkey is a member.

Europe and Single Sky: Accession negotiations are continuing between the EU and Turkey and all the national legislations of Turkey are under review in order to ensure full legislative alignment with the acquis. In this context, Single European Sky legislations are also being progressed and all preparations are being made related with the implementation process.

REGIONAL COOPERATION

Turkey is maintaining good relations with its neighbour states to optimise regional capacity under the European concepts and increase the safety of air navigation services in the area.

All developments are being followed very closely in the region. Turkey participated at the 2nd ACE (Air Traffic Management Cooperation in South-Eastern Europe) Working Group Meeting, held in Bucharest, Romania on 3-4 2006.

Turkey has also declared its intention to join the Regional Air Navigation Services Development Association (RADA) on a full membership basis, and official procedures have been initiated. (The other full members of RADA are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.).