Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli was the second pilot on the first flight of the Russian amphibious fire fighting aircraft “Be-200 ES” in Izmir skies, which was rented for use in combating forest fires.
After the “Fire Plane Promotion Meeting” held at Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, Pakdemirli's second pilot plane put out the fire in the practice area after taking water from Tahtalı Dam.
Returning to the airport after a successful flight, Pakdemirli made a statement about the flight to journalists here.
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli said that the plane that he tested last year in Russia was “maneuverable” in terms of maneuverability and other aspects.
8 flights in the first inning, Pakdemirli indicating that 10 tons of water left in the second inning, "Maneuverability, landing performance, according to Turkey's geography. We tried this last year. We have rented this aircraft through the Turkish Aviation Association, but hopefully we have an intention to purchase an aircraft in the inventory. The tender of the Defense Industry Directorate continues. We always strive for the best machinery and the best equipment. I guess these aircraft will make an important contribution to us in forest fires. ” he spoke.
Pakdemirli added that the aircraft started to operate as of today.