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Monday’s TAS Social Evening:-

Held at the Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park

Monday 13th November – Matt Blades – Flybe – Flying the Embraer’s

Well over 100 Members and Guests came along to hear Matt Blades, Senior First Officer with Flybe discus his flying career to date. From taking his first “trial flight” in a Micro Light to his first Solo, gaining his PPL, and Training in New Zealand to be awarded an ATPL. Joining Flybe – initially working on Dash 8’s and then onto the Embraer Twin Jet fleet. This was a fantastic presentation where we were able to gain a superb insight into what it takes to become an Airline Pilot. During the second half Matt gave a plotted history of Flybe and how it has grown to become a very successful British carrier. Matt delivered what can only be described as an excellent presentation and as our Chairman said in his closing remarks for the evening:- “If it had been Strictly come Dancing… there was little doubt that the Guest Speaker would have got a 10!”

See you at the next TAS Social Evening on Monday 27th November

Now open for bookings:-TAS Trip to Toulouse:- May 2018

EVA 350.jpg We are delighted to announce that The Aviation Society has organised (in conjunction with Airbus) a 4 day fully escorted trip to the World Head Quarters of Airbus in May 2018.Full details of the trip can be found on our web site Tours Page and in the November issue of Winged Words. Places are limited so don’t delay – book today!


TAS Social Evening – Monday 30th October

Rad Taylor, Manchester Airports Director of Operations addressed over 100 Members of The Aviation Society on Monday evening. Rad gave a fascinating insight into the airports latest developments, the procurement of new equipment for the airport and the arrangements established to care for passengers affected by the collapse of Monarch Airlines. During an extensive Q&A session he confirmed that there were no current plans to relocate the existing Runway Visitor Park and the land currently occupied by the RVP did not feature in the airports 10 year Transformation Project.

November Winged Words

The November issue of Winged Words will be distributed to e members on Saturday 30th October and will be available in hard copy from the shops and via post from Wednesday 1st November.

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Inside this months issue:- A new TAS trip to Toulouse is advertised. We say Farewell to Monarch Airlines and look at the potential implications for Manchester Airport.Mark Williams reflects on a 1970’s Diversion day. Manchester Airport /Airline news, and the remarkable story of a “budgie” that comes home to roost! Plus all the usual features..

Monarch Airlines Cease Trading

During the early hours of Monday 2nd October it was announced that Monarch Airlines had ceased trading with the airline formerly entering into administration. The UK CAA has established a website which gives information to passengers :-

A total of nine Monarch aircraft were parked on remote stands at Manchester Airport and other airlines are being chartered by the CAA to return passengers back to the UK.

Monarch were a great airline and served Manchester well over its 49 years of continuous operations. The Aviation Society would like to wish all Monarch staff good luck and good fortune in finding new employment.


RVP – RJX UPDATE (TAS volunteer engineers)

The next RJX Volunteer Engineering day will take place on SAT 25th November 2017

Saturday 30th September – Unfortunately, the Manchester weather wasn’t at it’s best today. So our work focus was changed to the Flightdeck….Hope you like the results?


Saturday 16th Sept – The RJX Nose wheel is straightened up and further painting took place today…WOW!!… The lady is looking good!


2nd Sept …TAS RJX Volunteers make great progress..

The TAS Volunteer Engineering Team were busy at the RJX on Saturday 2nd Sept. Significant progress is now being made on the aircraft .The Team have been joined by a specialist from Air Livery who has been giving superb advice on the painting – Just look at the difference so far…RJX 2 SEPT The airport have recently re painted the Runway and trimmed the shrubs at the back of the aircraft.

With plenty of work still to be done, a number of RJX “Engineering days” are planned  prior to the onset of Winter. The current focus by the team is :- the exterior painting, engine intake refurbishment, nose gear rectification and steps overhaul. Keep up the good work guys – we really appreciate it!