The recent initiative of THY Flt Ops Management to examine English Levels of ALL its pilots including foreigners resulted in resignations and demotions for a company with the same view of politicians cleansing all Ex-Military coup suspects of Ergenekon. This of course was not an in-house initiative, but the contribution of courageous ex-Scandinavian pilots who devoted time and efforts in trying to moderate Turkey into the European way. After all THY brags to be number one in Europe, but far from this prediction, as they continue to be seen as nomads or proud beduins. Conversations with Turkish Captains on the B777 were restricted or reduced to "Captain do you kofte or tavuk"? on an eleven hour trip journey to LAX. The cleansing did not touch Captains on other fleets who occupied Fleet Management positions and who hit bushes on landing in inhospitable places like Mogadishu. Akbush escaped the hanging, but we are watching carefully doomsday approaching. The pervasive Otoman rule of kiss my cheek both sides remains in this culture of assassins lurking for prestigious awards. They got one last week, IST (Ataturk) airport was rated the worst in delays worldwide.