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**New** The Next TAS Social Evening

Monday 29th January   – ** NEW** – “Not on your bucket list but …” Fascinating photos and interesting stories from some of the worlds far flung places where aviation enthusiasts very rarely set foot with a camera. Tonight Peter Hampson and Debbie Riley recall their adventures working at airports in Iraq, Iran, Sudan, South Sudan, Bangladesh, East Ukraine and plenty more (civil and military airports) which may not be on everyone’s bucket list? But, having been and got the T shirt our guest speakers certainly have some superb photos to show and amusing stories to tell as they recall some of their adventures in the worlds “hot spots and war zones” – Don’t miss it….this will be good!! 

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Wednesday 10th January

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Tuesday 9th January

SQ052 ETA 0750 will be operated by A350 9V-SMR  – making its first visit to Manchester today. The aircraft departs to Houston at 1000 hrs, returning to MAN at 0930 hrs on Wednesday 10th.

Monday 8th January – An ADB Antonov 124 on flight ADB 354F is currently en route to Manchester. ETA 10.30hrs from Dubai World Central (DWC).

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AN124 UR-82007 operating flight ADB254 is scheduled to depart at 12.40hrs (Monday) to Stockholm.

Saudia to operate special livery B777-300ER on their SV123 Manchester flight – Saturday 6th January

HZ-AK28 in the Watan Al Majed colours will arrive from Jeddah at 08.30 hrs on Saturday 6th January departing MAN back to Jeddah at 11.00 hrs.

WAMOS B747-4 Sub Chartered by Thomas Cook


EC-KXN  arrived from Madrid at 23.10 hrs on Wednesday 3rd Jan. The aircraft will be operating flight MT2652 to Holguin (Cuba) for Thomas Cook on Thursday 4th January ETD 11.00 hrs. The aircraft is due to return from Holguin at 07.15 hrs on Friday 5th January and position back to Madrid at 11.15 hrs.

“Virgin A330 -200” to be delivered to MAN

The ex Air Berlin aircraft D-ALPA is due in for painting with Air Livery at 19.00hrs on Tuesday 2nd JAN. The aircraft will be re registered G-VMNK prior to entering service with Virgin Atlantic.


RVP – Reduced Car Parking Fees

Many people who visit the Runway Visitor Park are not aware of the special discounted parking fees for frequent visitors. Check out the RVP Page on this web site for further info and download an application form…You could save yourself a lot of money!

Dates confirmed for the 2018 Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Festival

Manchester Airport in conjunction with TAS have confirmed the dates for the 2018 Aviation and Transport Festival at the Runway Visitor Park :- Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July. The event will be celebrating 80 years of operations from the Airport (originally known as Ringway). The airport officially opened on 25th June 1938. A number of special events will be taking place over the weekend at the RVP to commemorate the development of the airport throughout it’s 80 glorious years.

Throughout the Festival weekend a giant Aviation Memorabilia Sale will be taking place in the Concorde Hangar. Individuals and companies who are interested in reserving tables for this event should contact:- for further information. OR check out the Aviation and Transport Festival page on this web site.

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January 2018 Winged Words – Now available!

We are pleased to advise that the January 2018 edition of Winged Words will be available to E Members from Friday 22nd December, the postal copies were also given to the Post Office on Friday 22nd and the magazine was delivered to the TAS Shops at the airport on Friday 22nd December.

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May we wish all our Members a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  **NEW*** Toulouse “2” September 4th-7th 2018

Due to unprecedented demand which saw our first trip to Toulouse (Spring 2018) filling within just 2 days, we have organised a further trip with the same itinerary in September. This trip is now open for bookings. Full details can be found on the TAS Tours page of this web site and in the December issue of Winged Words. Any member of TAS who is interested in travelling on this trip is asked to immediately contact John Wood via e mail:- to register your interest and make a firm booking as per the trip advert.


TAS Trip to South Africa and Botswana 2018: -Now open for bookings – see Tour Page for full details…

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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.

RVP – RJX UPDATE (TAS volunteer engineers)

TAS has formed a Volunteer Engineering Team who work on a regular basis to help maintain the Avro RJX aircraft at the Runway Visitor Park. The Team consists of experienced aircraft engineers – some of whom actually helped build / test fly the aircraft from Woodford. Others are TAS Members who simply want to lend a hand and learn new skills under the guidance of the experienced engineers . Throughout 2017 they have made significant progress undertaking all types of work from major structural repairs to painting. The team usually meet on pre arranged Saturdays at the RVP. TAS organise the work schedule, safety assessments’, PPE and Insurance. The airport provide funding for equipment, parts and well deserved refreshments!

The RJX Nose wheel is straightened up and further painting took place today (Sept 17)…WOW!!… The lady is looking good!


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.

BAE Systems staff from Farnborough and Prestwick have recently joined the TAS Team.

With plenty of work still to be done, a number of RJX “Engineering days” are planned  in 2018. If you are interested in joining the Team – please

The first Engineering day for 2018 will take place on Saturday 13th January when work will be taking place on the Avro RJX and Monarch Dc10.

Keep up the good work guys – we really appreciate it!