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Tuesday 25th September

Today It’s Shark Jet “Demo Day!” and what a glorious Autumn day it is too for all those great photos. A reminder that there’s a prize of a £20 TAS Shop voucher for the best photo of the E195-E2 submitted this week! See below for further details.

 Yesterday…Pleased to say that the E190 “Shark jet” stopped outside the RVP for photos (as planned) on arrival at MAN. A big thank you to all (NATS, RVP, Airfield Ops) for making it happen!

and finally I was reminded (thank you Neil Armstrong) that it was 30 years ago yesterday, Sunday 24th Sept 1988, that TAS organised the “Concorde Carnival” at MAN to raise money for the Neuro Surgical Unit at Salford Hospital…With the kind permission of MAN Airport we were able to open up one of the Southside Hangars and the roof of Pier C as a Viewing Areas for enthusiasts.. The occasion – not one but 2 Air France Concordes visited on the same day. Thousands flocked to the airport and thousands of pounds were raised for a very good cause. However, one of my lasting memories was a huge BBQ (staffed of course by the TAS Committee – including Super Chef Chris Massey) started off inside the famous Hangar which duly filled with Smoke when the Burgers and Sausages got a bit too hot…a few red faces resulted at the time when the Airport Fire Service came along having seen lots of smoke (from their Watch Tower) bellowing from the hangar. The BBQ was quickly transferred outside and thoroughly enjoyed with our new friends from the Airport Fire Service …Happy days!!

The original advert for the event (from Winged Words 1998) is re produced in the Manchester Memories section of “What’s due” – tab on the header page and scroll down.

Shark Jet to pose for photos at RVP…and a competition!


Following the Embraer E190-E2’s (Shark Jet) successful appearance at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow the manufacturer will be operating two “demonstration flights” from Manchester on Tuesday 25th September with their E190-E2 demonstration aircraft.

The aircraft is currently on a European tour of potential customers. It is scheduled to make its first appearance at Manchester on Monday 24th at 14.20 hrs prior to operating the flights on Tuesday 25th at 11.00 hrs and 13.00 hrs.

TAS are offering a £20 voucher from the shop for the best photo of the aircraft (Must be taken anywhere at Manchester this week). All entries to:

Closing date Thursday 27th September.

Arrangements have been made via the airport and NATS for the aircraft to stop and pose for photos outside the RVP (traffic permitting).

Speculation is rife as to who the flights are for? Whilst the Manchester (Didsbury) based flag carrying partner is a firm contender. The manufacturer has also found favour with a number of Tour Operators and Low Cost carriers around the globe.

See “What’s due” for the full timing of flights and make a date at the RVP for those special photos!



It’s not every day that the Author of a new book drops into the TAS Shop to deliver his latest best seller by hand. But just this happened last week  when Capt James Mc Bride called in direct from the publishers with his new book ” Air Crew Stories”…James will be back on Monday 17th Sept to launch the book (and sign copies) at the TAS Social Evening in the Concorde Restaurant – commencing 20.00hrs. In the mean time he was off to Milan…by Harley of course!


It has been brought to our attention that there have been difficulties getting through to the new “What’s due” page on this web site. This is because people have been using the old address to get onto the site. May we remind everyone that the new site and all the benefits / access to links (including membership downloads) and data is accessed via (the old address may also appear in some google or similar search engines – please only use


 “What’s due”

We have sought advice from you (our readers and contributors) with respect to the most appropriate title for a news page which gives information on interesting flights due into Manchester and airline route news for the airport. The most appropriate short title which people could identify with was “What’s due”. Therefore, with immediate effect please use the “What’s due” tab above to find up to date information on what’s due into Manchester!

By scrolling down the page you will also find other information including the very popular “Manchester Memories” section. Enjoy!

B737 Accident Memorial unveiled at Manchester Airport


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33 years ago today – 22nd August 1985, a British Airtours B737-200 commenced its departure roll on Runway 24 and never became airborne. 55 passengers and crew sadly lost their lives in the fire which followed an explosion in the aircrafts port engine. Today, the 33rd anniversary of this tragic event, a new permanent memorial was  unveiled at the airport. The five-metre-high wooden structure is located in Stanley Forest (the gardens opposite Olympic House) and was revealed at a service of remembrance and dedication. It was agreed at the 30th anniversary in 2015 that a permanent memorial would be built. In partnership with British Airways, Manchester Airport  has worked with survivors, relatives and staff to commission a memorial to remember those affected by the terrible tragedy.

This was an event that had a significant impact on the airport at the time and still does to this day, it is most appropriate that there is a suitable memorial.

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Those TAS Members who receive their copy of Winged Words via e copy will be able to down load their September magazine from Monday 27th August. The magazine will be available for collection from the TAS Shops at Manchester Airport from Friday 31st August and should arrive via post from 1st September.

Pilot Store  – Now Open

Due to popular demand we now have a “Pilot Corner” in both the T1 and RVP Shops.

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The Super Cars are coming to town…

Saturday 18th August – Thank you for your support – another great day at the RVP! Check out the superb shots below from Debbie Riley and Maurice Kime….. 

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TAS membership surge!

We are delighted to report that TAS are currently experiencing a surge in New Membership applications. In order to assist with the process may we remind everyone that you may join TAS via this web site – just press the Membership tabs on the top of the header page and make payment by Paypal. Existing members may also renew their membership this way or why not renew / join at one of the TAS SHOPS at Manchester Airport (T1 / RVP). Welcome on board….47 years and still flying high!

80th Anniversary Exhibition

A reminder that that an exhibition of photos and memorabilia (from the airport archive)is currently running (free entry) in the Avro Suite at the Runway Visitor Park (RVP) throughout the Summer months.

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TAS Trip to South America – 2019

Is now open for bookings (Members only) – See Winged Words for full details

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Runway Visitor Park – Public Transport Connections

Remember its free entrance to the RVP if you arrive by bus and don’t park the car!

Bus Service Enhancements from 22 July 2018:-

D&G will be operating enhanced bus services to and from the RVP:-Route 737 will be a new service linking the Airport Station and the RVP (Monday to Saturday).Route 288 from Altrincham to the Airport Station will have an enhanced calling pattern. On Sundays it will also call at the RVP. Route 88 from Altrincham to Knutsford, via Wilmslow. This does not serve the Airport Station but will stop at the junction of Wilmslow Road (A538) and Sunbank Lane, close to the Global Logistics Hub and the RVP. Concessionary pass holders can travel for free after 0930 Monday to Friday and all day on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

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2018 Aviation and Transport Festival

A big thank you!

On behalf of The Aviation Society (TAS) may we say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Festival.A massive effort is required to stage such an event. However, the reward comes with knowing that it was a huge success.

Enthusiasts, Airport staff, Airline staff, Charities and the General Public have been exceedingly complimentary with respect to the organisation of the event and basically how enjoyable it was…Thank you for coming along and showing your support –  here’s looking forward to next year!

The TAS Volunteer Engineering Team opened up the RJX at the Festival following its recent refurb and immediately it became a very popular attraction! The Team quite rightly received much praise from the hundreds of visitors for their dedication and hard work over the last 12 months.

The next – TAS Social Evening:-

Monday 1st October  – TAS Trip 2018 – Oshkosh 

Monday 15th October  – The RAF Presentation Team “100 years of the RAF”

Monday 29th Oct  – Manchester Airport Operations Director – Rad Taylor

Monday 12th November -” Thunder through the Valleys” – Phil Stevens

Monday 26th November  – Air Traffic Control- Steve Balfour

Monday 17th December – TAS Christmas Social / Airport Solutions

Future Guest Speakers

With a Social Evening taking place almost every two weeks throughout the year (that’s over 20 Guest Speakers per year!) its quite a challenge to organise an interesting and varied programme.  As such, if you would like to offer your services as a Guest Speaker, know someone or perhaps have seen someone who could be a potential Guest Speaker or have ideas for Guest Speakers – Please drop our Social Evening Organiser (Peter Hampson) an e mail :-  Your help and support would be very much appreciated.

Now available from the TAS Shops at the Runway Visitor Park and T1 Arrivals:-


Now available in the TAS Shops…

New Books for 2018 now in the TAS Shops…more landing daily!




 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!

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 has recently taken place today ..WOW!!… The lady is looking good!


TAS RJX Volunteers make great progress..

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  throughout 2018. If you are interested in joining the Team – please

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