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Topel Airport



Cengiz Topel Naval Air Station
Cengiz Topel Deniz Hava Üssü
IATA: KCO – ICAO: LTBQ

Cengiz Topel NAS
Location of airport in Turkey
Summary
Airport type military and public
Owner Turkish Navy
Operator Turkish Naval Aviation
Serves İzmit
Location Köseköy, Kocaeli Province
Built 1976
In use Active
Elevation AMSL 182 ft / 55 m
Coordinates 40°44′06.10″N 030°05′00.01″E / 40.735028°N 30.0833361°E / 40.735028; 30.0833361Coordinates: 40°44′06.10″N 030°05′00.01″E / 40.735028°N 30.0833361°E / 40.735028; 30.0833361
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 9,842 3,000 Asphalt
Source: World Aero Data

Cengiz Topel Naval Air Station (Turkish: Cengiz Topel Deniz Hava Üssü), aka Topel Airport or formerly Cengiz Topel Air Base, (IATA: KCO, ICAO: LTBQ) is a Turkish Navy air station located east of İzmit in Kocaeli Province, Turkey. The airport is in joint use for military and civil. Restructured in 1976, it hosts the Turkish Naval Aviation Command with two flying units, the 301st Squadron of fixed-wing aircraft and the 351st Squadron of rotorcrafts.

The facility, formerly a base of the Turkish Air Force, is named after the Air Force fighter pilot Capt. Cengiz Topel, whose F-100 Super Sabre was shot down on August 8, 1964 during Turkey's military intervention in Cyprus. He ejected safely over land, but was promptly captured after landing and lynched by members of the Cyprus National Guard. He was the first Turkish pilot ever killed in action.

Cengiz Topel Naval Air Station is situated 2 km (1.2 mi) east of Köseköy neighborhood in İzmit and 5 km (3.1 mi) west of Lake Sapanca between the highway D.100 and the motorway O-4.

History

Topel Airport was originally a Turkish Air Force facility. Following the re-establishment of the aviation branch of the Turkish Navy in 1968, the first naval helicopter pilots were trained by the Turkish Army Aviation Command's flight school at the Güvercinlik Army Air Base in Etimesgut, Ankara Province. The unit, formed in 1972 at the same base, was transferred on May 19, 1973 from Ankara to Cengiz Topel Air Base due to its location close to Gölcük Naval Base in Kocaeli Province following a protocol signed with the Turkish Air Force two weeks before. That day, Turkish Navy's first rotorcraft unit was renamed 351st Naval Helicopter Squadron.

The 301st Naval Air Squadron, formed in 1971 at Etimesgut Air Base in Ankara Province as the fixed wing aviation unit of the Navy, was transferred on August 4, 1972 to Bandırma Air Base to join the 6th Air Force Wing. With its four maritime patrol aircraft and twelve anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft of type S-2 Tracker, the unit was then relocated to Cengiz Topel Air Base on July 14, 1976.

The base, in joint use since 1973 by the air force and the navy, was transferred to the Turkish Navy Command on July 14, 1976 following the order of the Turkish General Staff. Finally, the Naval Air Station Command was established on August 4, 1976.

The base was assigned to NATO on October 28, 1981. In 1983, helipeds in Istanbul and Çanakkale were put in service so tha helicopters of the air station could use them also.

Units

The Naval Aviation Command consists of four subcommands:

  • 301st Naval Air Squadron "Yengeç" (Crab) Command
    • 9 CASA CN-235 ASW/ASuW MPA aircraft with AMASCOS (Airborne Maritime Situation & Control System) for surface warfare, submarine warfare, maritime patrol and surveillance,
    • 6 Socata TB20 for flight training, also for personnel and material transport.
  • 351st Naval Helicopter Squadron "Yunusbalığı" (Dolphin) Command
    • 7 Sikorsky S-70B-28 Seahawk (17 more on order) equipped with AGM-114M Hellfire antiship missiles, HELRAS active dipping sonar, AN/APS-143V Ocean Eye maritime surveillance radar
    • 3 Agusta-Bell AB 204AS
    • 9 Agusta-Bell AB 212ASW anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare version
    • 3 Agusta-Bell AB 212EW electronic warfare version

for surface warfare, submarine warfare, maritime patrol and surveillance.

  • Standards and Training Squadron Command
  • Support and Maintenance Command


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General Info
Country Turkey
ICAO ID LTBQ
Time UTC+2(+3DT)
Latitude 40.735028
40° 44' 06.10" N
Longitude 30.083336
030° 05' 00.01" E
Elevation 182 feet
55 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 004° E (01/06)
Operating Agency MILITARY - CIVIL JOINT USE AIRPORT
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
Daylight Saving Time Dates notified by NOTAM


Communications
TWR 122.1
257.8
362.3
GND 121.95
251.25
YESILKOY APP
H24
120.5
121.1
122.2
362.3


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
09/27 9842 x 98 feet
3000 x 30 meters
ASPHALT - NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
TACAN ARF TOPEL 086X - At Field -
NDB ARF TOPEL - 383.5 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Aviation Gasoline (AVGAS), octane unknown.

Jet fuel avaiable but type is unknown.


Remarks
A-GEAR 15 min PN rqr.
LGT VASI Rwy 09 GS 2.5 .
OPR HOURS Opr by NOTAM.



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