Senior Lecturer & Quality Manager, Cranfield University
Cengiz worked as a certifying staff in different airlines and maintenance organisations both in Turkey and in the UK from 1991 to 2002. He then held roles in Safety and Quality Departments in SR Technics UK Ltd and Flightline, a UK charter airline. Before he joined City University London as a Senior Lecturer and Wake QA as a part-time IOSA auditor in 2008, he was the nominated post holder for ‘Continuing Airworthiness’ in Flightline. Over the last 14 years, Cengiz had the opportunity to take part in IOSA audits of over 50 different airlines in North and South America, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe. In September 2015, he joined the ‘Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre’ and became the Course Director MSc Airworthiness in 2017. Since July 2019, he has been holding the position of ‘Quality Manager’ at the Cranfield University’s National Flying Laboratory Centre, which is a SPO Authorised Saab340B operator.
Cengiz has been a member of the UK Flight Safety Committee since 2010 and joined the ‘Executive Board’ as the Vice Chairman in 2015. Since 2021, he remained in the Executive Board as a non-executive member. Cengiz also has been representing the International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA) in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Collaborative Analysis Groups for Commercial Air Transport and the Human Factors since their inception in 2016.
Cengiz currently holds BEng (Hons) Degree in Aircraft Engineering from Kingston University and MSc Air Transport Management from City University London. He chose the topic of ‘Risk Culture in Commercial Air Transport’ for his PhD research, which he is currently continuing at Cranfield University.
Cengiz has presented over 40 international conferences and symposiums since 2009.
Potential Use of 360 Videos and Virtual Reality Tools for Frontline Operators in Aviation
In recent years, there is an increasing attempt to use AR/VR/MR technologies for training frontline employees such as pilots, cabin crew, engineers etc. Many applications aim to develop simulations with computer generated images (CGI) to enable the user to immerse him/herself in an operational environment (i.e. being in the flight deck or any other part of the aircraft) and provide a rather interactive experience (i.e. by using hand controllers of a VR Google, the user can control various switches in the cockpit or cabin and see the effects etc.) However, these applications require considerable amount of resources and skills to develop such content for the users to explore by a VR goggle. An alternative method of using VR goggles is also to record tutorial sessions in an operational environment such as in the cockpit or cabin or a specific area of the aircraft for maintainers by using 360-degree cameras. Subsequently, such videos can be used to supplement in-class training to give the trainees the opportunity to have an immersive experience with higher quality visuals.