Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19188 posts, RR: 52 Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2962 times:
I'm thinking of going to MAN tomorrow. I realise that it's a good airport at which to spot, but what is it like for spotting in or close to the terminals?
I have only been there once before (flew LHR-MAN-LHR) and remember going to the top of the car park or something. If I recall correctly, it was all right. Can anyone provide more accurate, helpful information?
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There is also the Aviation viewing park which brings you real close to the taxiways and runways. 'It is situated on the A538, between Junction 6 of the M56 motorway and the airport tunnels. Turn down Sunbank Lane, by The Romper public house, then right onto Wilmslow Old Road, and follow to the end.'
They have detailed information about how to get to the various spotting locations via various modes of transport. The southside of the airport is the place to go if you want to get close to the 2nd runway, however a car is pretty much essential. Viewing park is easy to get to either by car or Bus 19 from the airport and a then a 10 minute walk, or at weekends there is a direct bus to the viewing park from the Airport.
If runway 24R is in use The Airport pub is good if you want to see aircraft on final approach and also get very close to aircraft lining up for take off when single runway operations are in use between 1200 and 1500hrs. Get a nice pint too and sit in the beer garden if the weather is good!
ACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 675 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2767 times:
When I last flew from MAN, in April, I checked in at 04:30, very early , but up on level 13 of the carpark at 05:00 there was still quite a bit to see. T2 activities mostly. The early morning PIA 747 arrival was very cool. Nothing quite like a crisp spring morning stood in the middle of a desolate cold damp, dark and wet carpark freezing your nuts off for the sake of aviation.