caetravlr
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MAN Questions

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:06 am

I certainly don't mean to clog up the board with this topic, so any answers via email are quite welcome. The info is in my profile. This is for anyone who is pretty familiar with MAN. I searched the board for MAN spotting info, and could not find anything.

I will be passing through MAN on my way home from Singapore next month, and I had two questions. I will have about a 6 hour layover.

1.) What are the best places to spot? Anything good on the airport premises? Anything good withouth having to go out customs and come back in?

2.) Are there stores that sell beer in cans within the airport premises? They no longer import Caffreys into the US, and I am craving it, and wanted to pick up a few to bring home (yes, I will probably have to pay some tax when I get here). If not within the airport grounds, where can I get some without having to venture too far? Also, where is a good place to sit down and have a couple of pints while I wait for my flight? (though it might be a tad early for that... LOL)

Thanks in advance.

Regards,
CAETravlr
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jsnww81
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RE: MAN Questions

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:22 am

My favorite spot at MAN is the food court gallery in between Terminals 1 and 3. There's places to eat and drink and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the T1/T3 ramp (aircraft on the runways can also be seen.) I'm not as familiar with T2, but it's set off to one side, away from the airfield, and traffic there pretty much dies after lunchtime.

Another good spot is the roof of the T1 car park, which also has a neat little aviation hobby shop with books, models, magazines, etc. You might also try the SAS International Hotel located between T1 and T2; it might have a bar or something overlooking the airport.

Other than that -- there is a pub with an outdoor patio area that is literally next to the threshold of Runway 24 Right. I see it every time I've taken off on that runway and it is very close indeed. I don't know how to get there, however. Perhaps one of the UK folks on this board can be of more assistance...
 
caetravlr
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RE: MAN Questions

Fri Jul 18, 2003 2:20 pm

I greatly appreciate the info James.

Any others?
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Rick767
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RE: MAN Questions

Fri Jul 18, 2003 5:17 pm

"The Airport" Pub is accessible by following Ringway Road from the Terminal 3 entrance which hugs the airfield perimiter fence. Follow the road away from the airport (to the east) towards the staff parking areas. About 1km from Terminal 3 the pub is on the right before the railway bridge and road junction.

The best times to visit are when westerly (R/w 24) operations are active, between 1200 Local and 1500 Local when Runway 24L is closed and 24R is used for both departing and arriving traffic. You get very close indeed to the aircraft in the beer garden of this pub, particularly departing aircraft prior to line-up.

The B744s wingtips almost cross over the corner of the fence where you are standing. Beware the noise of the 737-200s spooling up for take-off though.

Enjoy!
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gkirk
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RE: MAN Questions

Fri Jul 18, 2003 5:38 pm

Dont stand near the end of the runway though, just in case Rick "floats" a bit too far  Big grin
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Rick767
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RE: MAN Questions

Fri Jul 18, 2003 7:19 pm

"Dont stand near the end of the runway though, just in case Rick "floats" a bit too far"

I am, quite possibly, never going to live that down  Big grin

You're safe from my poor landings in MAN these days, watch out for PIA though. This one was probably about as far down as my infamous "floater".


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gkirk
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RE: MAN Questions

Fri Jul 18, 2003 7:28 pm

Actually, dont worry, you're not the only one that floats  Big grin
On landing at Newcastle in an Air Scandic A300, the captain floated quite a long way down, just glad the A300 has good brakes  Big grin
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caetravlr
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RE: MAN Questions

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:17 pm

Thanks guys for the suggestions!

BTW, which airline does Rick fly for, so I know when to duck/run/pray?

Sorry, couldn't resist.  Smile I have the utmost respect for pilots.

Thanks again for everything, I am so ready for my trip!
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David_itl
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RE: MAN Questions

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:42 pm


Rick's a Britannia pilot (though I can't remember seeing a "floated" landing here from any airline; the nearest can think of is an Aviogenex Tu134 appearing to be 200 feet or so over the threshold of 06 but the pilots still managed to plonk it down well before half the runway was used up...note the vantage point for that was on top of Pier B in ye olde days when one could gain access to the piers).

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DoorsToManual
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RE: MAN Questions

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:51 pm

Hi Guys

I went to MAN for the first time only a few days ago, and have to say the spotting is GREAT. There is one other area you can visit, and that's at the other end of one of the runways (cant' remember/don't know which), but you catch the aircraft as they taxy back to the terminal, fresh off the runway.

Maybe someone else can give directions, but there's a hobby shop there, plus hot dogs/soft drinks (don't know about beers, I only trust German beer  Big grin ).

Try the MAN airport website too, I think they have some info.

IMO, it's the nicest airport in the UK, just a shame it isn't busier.
 
jsnww81
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RE: MAN Questions

Sat Jul 19, 2003 12:39 am

As DoorsToManual alluded to, MAN is extremely busy in the mornings, but after lunchtime it shrivels up completely. I'd always flown in and out on American Airlines flights in the morning, when the airport was jumping with activity.

Then last December, I arrived on a bmi flight from Heathrow around 3 in the afternoon, and it was like a ghost town. All that was missing were tumbleweeds on the apron. T2 was completely empty.
 
caetravlr
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RE: MAN Questions

Sat Jul 19, 2003 1:26 am

Fortunately for me, I arrive at 6:50 am from SIN, and leave at 12:45 for IAD. Should be enough time to pick up some beer to take back with me, watch some great aviation action, and still cool my heels for a bit in the BMI Biz Class lounge.

Anyone know if there are any good views from the lounge? I know the Cathay lounge over looks the road in front of the airport if I remember correctly from when I was there a few years ago. I am hoping the BMI lounge looks the other way.  Smile
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Demoose
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RE: MAN Questions

Sat Jul 19, 2003 2:24 am

The Aviation viewing park at the end of Runway 24R is one of the best places to get close to the aircraft, particularly good if they are using 06L at lunchtime when Runway 2 is closed. You can see the aircraft touching down, aswell as the departures taxiing to the threshold. However its a fair treck from the main terminal, a bus ride then about a 10 minute walk on weekdays. At weekends there's a direct bus service. If you're just passing through then i'd recommend the top of T1 Carpark, good view across the whole airfield especially T2 and pier C of T1.


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bapilot2b
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RE: MAN Questions

Sat Jul 19, 2003 6:31 am

Take the 5 minute walk from T3 to the 'Airport Pub' Literally just off t5he threshold of 24R. Great for spotting, and the best tyhing is....you can spot while supping a cool beer/Lager etc! And last time i was there I saw they had Cafferys. Contact me by e-mail if you need any more help at all, I pretty much know MAN like the back of my hand!
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dan330
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RE: MAN Questions

Sat Jul 19, 2003 6:58 am

[i]Anything good withouth having to go out customs and come back in?[/i]

As your flying in with SQ (T2) and out with BD (T1) you'll need to change terminals anyway.

Without a car the best bet is either the airport pub or the viewing park (opens about 08:30) but not sure how to get to the park with public transport. The top of T1 car park is good for views of certain parts of T1 and T2, if the weathers crap then you can see a lot of activity as said above, between T1 and T3 where theres a few food places as well.
 
caetravlr
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RE: MAN Questions

Sat Jul 19, 2003 11:52 pm

Thanks again guys! I have only been to MAN twice in my life, and that was in and out on Delta. It's good to get some feedback from people who know the place. I think I will definitely checkout the Airport Pub in T3. If the weather is nice I might try the T1 Car Park also. Should be busy while I am there.

Regards,
CAETravlr
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cainanuk
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RE: MAN Questions

Sun Jul 20, 2003 2:30 am

The "ZoomIn" Shop in T3 sells beer in cans.
Cainan Cornelius