The Aircraft Seat and Parts Design and Engineering Competition organized by TSI Seats, open to the participation of university students in the 2019-2020 academic year, was concluded.
The competition was organized for the first time this year and aimed to become traditional with the following purposes; to support innovative ideas on aircraft seats and seat spare parts, which have an important place in the aircraft cabin industry, to lay the groundwork for the design and development of unique and modern products with high added value that will increase the competitive power of our country in the world aviation markets, get students to meet the industry, to promote and encourage the design culture in Turkey, to work in parallel with the 2023 export strategy.
A total of 36 students from 21 different universities participated in the competition, and 29 projects were submitted to the jury evaluation. The jury of the competition was consist of TSI General Manager Suat Sağıroğlu, Design and Program Management Director Tamer Açıkel, Sales and Marketing Manager Ahmet Özyılmaz and Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Space and Aeronautical Sciences lecturers Prof. Dr. Melike Nikbay and Dr. Hayri Acar. The projects prepared by working around the following subjects; passenger experiences, needs arising from the pandemic process, cost reduction targets, creating a comfort zone, etc. The winning projects among the creative were announced at the award ceremony held online on August 26.
As a result of the scoring based on the degrees of the students participating in the competition and the number of students participating in the competition, Kocaeli University Faculty of Architecture and Design received the "Faculty Special Award" with the highest score in total.
Kumsal Kurt, a student of Özyeğin University Department of Industrial Design, with the project named "Holdup" designed for the easy use of electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, and tablets during the journey, and Tuncay Çalışkan, a graduate student of Sakarya University Manufacturing Engineering, with the "Mono Leg" project, which is designed with the aim of more affordable and easy installation, were awarded the honorable mention.
Gazi University Department of Industrial Design students Zeynep Beyza Özergin and Emine Asude Çırkan, who made a group participation in the competition; won the 3rd prize with the project named "Only Aircraft Seat" designed with the idea of considering the social isolation measures that have become on our agenda with the pandemic.
Ferhat Küçükşakalak, a student of Selçuk University's Department of Industrial Design, won the second prize with his "Aero Economy Class Airplane Seat" design, which was designed as a modular product family to solve the low-budget, domestic or short-haul flights of airline companies.
In the competition held for the first time in the 2020 academic year, Marmara University Mechanical Engineering student Bazar Tuvakov was awarded the first prize with the seat he designed considering the importance of safety, comfort, seat weights and the possibilities of technology.