Türkiye's First Professional Female Aerobatic Pilot
Türkiye's First Professional Female Aerobatic Pilot Semin Öztürk Şener was born in 1991. As she turned 12, she experienced her first aerobatic flight with her father Ali İsmet Öztürk who is Türkiye’s National Aerobatic Pilot. She attended high school in Lycée Français Saint-Michel and studied in Istanbul University. With the sponsorship of Ayjet Flight School, she got her private pilot licence when she was a sophomore in university. Later, she went to America to complete her aerobatic training in Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety based in California. She performed her first solo aerobatic flight with Pitts S-2B at the age of 21. In this manner, she took the title of First Turkish Woman Pilot who performed a solo flight with this type of aircraft. She follows in her father’s footsteps.
On 19 September 2015, the young aerobatic pilot performed her first airshow at ‘SHG 2015’ organized at Sivrihisar Aviation Center. She also had a role in a television commercial filmed by the Italian chocolate brand Pernigotti with other successful business women in Türkiye. In 2017, she appeared on Koç Holding's "10 November" TV commercial with her plane.
She performed on Unilever's TV commercials appeared in Arabia, Argentine, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Uruguay, Thailand and Türkiye,
In 2018, for the centennial celebrations, her photo in the dimensions of 4.3 meter x 5.5 meter was hanged at the wall of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum located in Denver / Colorado / USA.
On 8 March 2016, International Women’s Day, she was invited to a very special reception in The Palace of Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye. In that special day, she took her place among women who are in the foreground with their professions. In 2016, she completed her private helicopter pilot training course successfully in TUSAŞ Flight School and became Türkiye’s First Civilian Woman Helicopter Pilot.
Furthermore, Semin Öztürk Şener flew with unique airplanes such as Boeing Stearman E-75 and Mustang P-51 and improved her flight experience. Even though Semin is very young, she achieved many firsts for the aviation of Türkiye.