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Is MAN Viewing Park Operating Normally?  
User currently offlineSK736 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 538 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2444 times:
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With the current security situation at UK airports, is the viewing park at MAN operating normally?

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User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2415 times:

I think so, I was on the opposite bank yesterday evening and it looked 'populated' as normal.

User currently offlineBhxforever From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

I was there for a couple of hours today, and everything seemed completely normal.

User currently offlineDestinations From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

Manchester airport has never been concerned about Aircraft Spotters and enthusiasts because unlike some other UK airports (cough cough) it knows that they are an asset to an airport when looking out for unusual things in the area.

User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Nah, they won't close it. I don't think they ever have when there has been a security threat or a higher alert level. They probably will have police passing regularly throughout the daytime though.

Ryanair737


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2277 times:

I'm on a MAN spotting Yahoo group; it seems the police have had no issues with spotters at either the AVP or the south side, which is great to hear!


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User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1234 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2272 times:

MAN should be seen as an example to all other airports that spotters are not the problem, they are part of the solution. I'm glad that even at 'critical' security level the AVP can stay open and I didn't expect anything else. Anyway surely if you are going to have people prowling the airport trying to take photos of aircraft it is better to have them in a controled environment.


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User currently offlineSK736 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2204 times:
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Quoting Destinations (Reply 3):
Manchester airport has never been concerned about Aircraft Spotters and enthusiasts because unlike some other UK airports (cough cough) it knows that they are an asset to an airport when looking out for unusual things in the area.

Perhaps that's only because the person reponsible for the viewing park is also chairman of The Aviation Society. That situation will have to change at some stage, and with plans for future development including the land the viewing park currently occupies we can't rely on MAN being enthusiast friendly forever.


User currently offlineDestinations From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

Quoting SK736 (Reply 7):
That situation will have to change at some stage, and with plans for future development including the land the viewing park currently occupies we can't rely on MAN being enthusiast friendly forever.

This is why it is moving to the other side of the airfield.


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

Yea I was down there today. Nothing different about it, just the odd set of coppers in Range Rovers with machine guns.  Smile


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User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1234 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

What time does the AVP close at this time of year?


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User currently offlineBoysteve From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 957 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1881 times:

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 10):
What time does the AVP close at this time of year?

The opening hours are 8:30am until dusk. When you arrive at the park there is a sign displaying the closing time and last entrance time for that day. As a guide I would suggest that you use the published sun set time for that day.


User currently offlineSpeedbird19 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 449 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1856 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 9):
Yea I was down there today. Nothing different about it, just the odd set of coppers in Range Rovers with machine guns.

The police are always there when i've been and when ppl I know go, get used to it from now on  Wink



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User currently offlineA340600MAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

Hi All

Quoting Boysteve (Reply 11):
The opening hours are 8:30am until dusk.

I was there last week and they opened the gates at 0800.

Len



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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1841 times:

Quoting Speedbird19 (Reply 12):
The police are always there when i've been

That's because they're following you.  Wink



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User currently offlineSpeedbird19 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 449 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1834 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 14):
That's because they're following you.

its for extra security against potential terrorist threats  Wink



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User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6845 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1808 times:

Quoting Ryanair737 (Reply 4):
I don't think they ever have when there has been a security threat or a higher alert level.

They closed it, and all the local side roads when a PIA B747 had a bomb scare a few years ago. I was there at the time.



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User currently offlineBradWray From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 650 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1719 times:

I was on the south side the day after all of the airports were at high alert level and there was a lot more police around; on horses, in cars and on foot but they behaved just like they do any other normal day.

Bradley!  Smile



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