Samair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 215 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3742 times:
Just been looking on the net and it has informed me that Woodford Airport near Manchester is classified as a commercial airport? Just wondering if anybody knows what facility's the airport has in commercial terms? and what the airports main use is now? since all of the problems with the RJX and the Nimrod?
the captain has now dimmed the lights for take off this is a routine procedure for flights during the hours of darkness!
Noelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3586 times:
There aren't any commercial facilities there. The airfield is owned and operated by BAE Systems Military division and only operations in connection with them are allowed. They are working on the last Nimrod at the moment, and when that is done in 2012 they are closing the airfield.
I would imagine in a few years we'll have another housing estate popping up!
Captain.Md-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3385 times:
Woodford is also home to one of Oxford aviations flight simulator training centres. The airline I fly for utilises the 737 classic sim, which has only just been shipped over from the far east. I would doubt they would intend to close the training site so soon, the expense of moving the various sims must be massive.
Twins,twins, everywhere.... but where are the three holers?
DerekF From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 912 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2931 times:
I've worked at Woodford for 20 years and I was interested to read this thread. There is no mention in any of the news items about the airfield closing. BAE Systems is closing the site but who knows who may come along to operate the site as an airfield. The site is in greenbelt so building houses is not likely - not in this area anyway. As far as the OAA facility - there is no reason why it cannot remain here - it certainly doesn't need an airfield to operate. Suffice to say, Ryanair will NOT be operating out of Woodford in the near future.
BAE Systems are selling the site, apparently they've been offered good money to turn it into a leisure complex (or so say the unions).
Shame, it could've been turned into an extension of the Imperial War Museum North.
After all the London IWM has Duxford, it could have been nice to have Woodford, original home of the lancaster, as the northern equivalent, and let's not forget that De Havilland was from just down the road, in Chester.
Besides, there aren't that many good General Aviation airfields around, especially paved and capable of IFR operations... could probably move the guys based at Manchester airport over...