Aerospace Cluster Association (ACA) aims to provide services and guidance to the sector in four key areas:  


1. Creating an eco system for Aviation, Space and Defense sectors

  • To support SMEs’ access to these industrial activities and opportunities

  • To facilitate Industry - University cooperation and to create technology based projects

  • To support the establishment and development of collaboration between the Government, Industry and the Academia

2. To support the development of a well educated technical human resources capital in line with the needs of the industry

  • Supporting Vocational Schools and Technical School

    • Creating Apprenticeship Programs

    • Scholarships

    • Creating Job Opportunities

    • Laboratory building and equipment supply  

3. Improving communication with national and international stakeholders and sectoral networking and promotional activities

  • Creating and updating the Member Competency Matrix

  • Cluster Catalog

  • Arranging Buyer’s Delegations Visits

  • Company visits

  • Dedicated Website

  • E-Newsletters

  • Active participation to fairs, etc. and promotion work

  • Information sharing briefings and meetings

  • Participating European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP) meetings and partnering in EU-funded projects

4. Facilitating the access of the industry representatives to education and to specific certifications

  • Access to AS 9100 Trainings and AS 9100 Certification

  • Awareness training and guidance to access Government and European Union funds (UR-GE, Horizon 2020, etc.)

Project Activities


AB Erasmus+ HipAir Project

AB Erasmus+ HipAir Project

The Hipair project, which consortium is form of Poland, Portugal, Spain and Turkey, is funded by the Polish National Agency under the European Union ERASMUS + Program and coordinated by the Polish Innpuls firm, started in September 2015. Within the scope of the project which will be completed in August 2017, it is aimed to improve the human resources practices and management systems of SMEs operating in aviation industry with more innovative methods, to share good examples of high performance human resources applications and to create a training curriculum for this purpose. The task of educating the trainer / expert  of the project is undertaken by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid located in Spain. Apart from the ACA, the Aviation Valley (Poland) cluster is also a partner of the proj


International Competitiveness Enhancement Project - Ur-Ge 13

The Aerospace Cluster Association carried out its first Ur-Ge Project from 2011 to 2014.

During the project implemented with the participation of 13 companies working in different fields, the needs analysis study, AS 9100 General Quality Management System Training, AS 9100 Internal Auditor Training and some other sector specific trainings were realized.

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Completed Projects

Planned Projects



The purpose of the EU project called INNOSUP-01-2018-2020 is To develop new cross-sectoral industrial value chains across the EU, by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs.


The EU programme for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). ACA is currently searching for new project opportunities which would be useful for our members.

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Ongoing Projects

ERASMUS+ Soft Skills 4.0 for the new challenges in European Aerospace Industry (Sky4.0)

The project which consortium is formed of Spain, Turkey (HUKD), Poland, Germany and Portugal aims to measure the level of preparedness of soft skills of aviation companies located in mentioned countries and to carry out the necessary training and education programs.

New Ur-Ge (İnternational Competitiveness Development) Project

The application of the second Ur-Ge project was accepted by the Ministry of Economy in August 2017. The duration of the project is 3 years. The need analysis of 17 companies participating in the project has been performed. As the next stage AS9100 educational course is planning to be realized in the upcoming weeks.

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