kaitak
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Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 5:13 am

I know MAN is reputed to be very good for spotting and I was thinking of heading up there for Easter. However, I just wanted to ask a few questions first:

- Is it easy to get around (particularly to the Aviation Viewing Park) without a car; is there good public transport?

- What's the best hotel with a view; I know the Radission hotel has a good view, but it's a bit pricey. However, I think there's a hotel close to the threshold of one of the runways (24R, I think).

- Is there still viewing from the top floor of the parking garage and how good is this?

- Anything else you can add? (I.E. is the aviation shop still open?)

Thanks
 
Jkw777
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 5:24 am

Hi there,

MAN is one of the best for viewing in my opinion!

There is a bus that runs from the airport to the AVP for like 50p return!

Not sure on the hotel side of things to be honest with you.

There is a top floor viewing area, it is very good if you ask me!

Time for some plugs  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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Nice and close the action! Some of the pilots wave and make an extra slow pass! It's great!

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Nice and roomy. But only a few gaps for lenses. Great place!

Hope this helps,

Justin  Smile
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kaitak
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 5:26 am

Sounds great - I'm sold!

I haven't seen the bmi A330s (one of the shots you included reminded me) and I'd like to see PIA and SIA 777s.
 
mhodgson
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 5:30 am

The 200/201 bus runs Saturdays and Sundays (and Bank Holidays) between the airport station and the AVP. Off-site locations generally require your own power.

The SAS is pricey, but does have good views from the higher floors. There is also the airport hotel at the threshold of 24R, not sure about their rates (or if they even do rooms), but the beer garden is superb!

Level 13 of the car park is still open, as Justin mentioned there is mesh, but there are a few gaps

Aviation shops are open at both the viewing park and level 13, there is also food available at both locations.

MAN is well worth a visit - In fact I'm visiting tomorrow with mikec (I believe you know him too Justin - or should I say Woof  Big grin ), and then we're flying to LHR in the evening.
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Pe@rson
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 5:30 am

'I haven't seen...SIA 777s.'

Mate, go to SIN - you should see 5 or 6 land on the same runway one after the other within 15 mins or so at least once during the day! Tis magical.
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kaitak
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 5:49 am

Thanks Pearson - actually I've seen lots of SIA 777s, but just not at MAN. I even flew in them in 2001 (before 9/11, when flying was fun and jump seats were for the asking!).

I'll see what the SAS hotel has to offer; I'm only staying two nights, so it might be worth the price, particularly if the weather isn't great.
 
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 5:51 am

MAN is the best airport in the U.K. for spotting. This will tell you about the things expected at MAN in the next few weeks http://www.ringwayreports.co.uk/whatsdue.htm. Here is a detailed look at all the viewing locations around Manchester Airport http://ringway.net/Spotter/Main.htm.

There is some good spots at Runway 2 as well.


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ba1978
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 7:25 am

Manchester is great for spotting, I found this pdf a handy little guide.

http://www.plane-spotter.com/Airports/UK/MAN/SpotterGuide_MAN.pdf
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ba757
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 7:43 am

Manchesters problem is the lack of variety. Its always seems to be the same.

Great airport though full stop, for traveling through or spotting at.

Proud to have that as my home airport!

Adam
 
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 7:51 am

What is the pub called that is good for spotting at?
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ba757
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 7:52 am

The pub is the 'Airport Inn'

Adam
 
mhodgson
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 7:53 am

The Airport hotel surprisingly  Laugh out loud

Manchester BORING??? OK, so it may not be overwhelmed by heavies like LHR and LGW, but it has an immmense variety of flights: scheduled, charter, biz-jet, freight, even prop - you never know what you'll see!!!
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ba757
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 7:57 am

Who said it was boring? I've spent many many hours of my life there!

I just said it lacks in varierty. It seems like A320 A320 oh another A320, A319, 757, A320, 757, ERJ, A320, ERJ you get the impression. (However LHR is bad for the A320 thing too!). I love MAN but I wish they would just get a better variety of flights there - mid afternoon can be dull.

MAN really does need more long haul flights though.

Adam
 
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 8:01 am

(I believe you know him too Justin - or should I say Woof)

 Wow!  Big thumbs up

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening Martin  Smile

Looks as though Mike has told you Big grin

See y'all,

Justin  Laugh out loud
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Pe@rson
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 8:01 am

Kaitak - yeah, sounds good to me! I can't wait until I return to SIN.

At the moment, I suppose MAN is the closest airport to me (EXT is my official 'home' airport). I do enjoy my visits there, primarily because of the excellent places from which to watch the movements. Monday-to-Friday appears to be the busiest period, especially with BACX and other business-orientated movements.

I am planning to organise another meet (the first was LHR which, alas, I cannot now attend) at MAN during the summer - probably July or August. While I have not yet finalised any plans, I am thinking about this:

1) all attendees to meet at 9-10;
2) we all go to the excellent viewing area near the runways during the day;
3) in the warm evening, we have a BBQ in the garden of the excellently-located pub, while sipping some beer and watching the movements;
4) Go back to the hotel;
5) Spend the next day back at the observation area; and
6) Depart as necessary.

It would be held over a weekend for convenience.

Kaitak - could I possibly email you regarding your profession? If so, perhaps email me using the 'contact' facility and I'll reply, or perhaps state your email address in this thread. Thanks.  Smile

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ba757
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 8:07 am

Pe@rson:
Your MAN meet plans sound great. Weekends aren't that convenient for me because I have to work both Sat and Sun but I can probably get a day off.

Adam
 
Pe@rson
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 8:18 am

Ahhh there's always one (two in my family)!  Big grin Well most people will probably be off on weekends, so best go with the majority. Plenty of time to organise days off, etc, as it'll prob be either the week before 28th July or the week after 12th Aug (my birthday on the 13th  Wink/being sarcastic ).
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ba757
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 8:26 am

I'll try get a day off, like you say, plenty of time to organise it!

Adam
 
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 8:45 am

Yes, Manchester is brilliant - the variety is superb. It is so much for difficult now that WW have stopped the early morning rotation from Cork so no more day trips. Have to stay at night next time!! Yippee! A friendly place is MAN where the spotters and airport workers make the time to have a chat with you.
 
Ant72LBA
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 10:37 am

There is a Pub/Hotel (Travel Inn or one of that ilk) if you carry on past the Airport Inn towards Heald Green (?) and Gatley. Sure this would be miles cheaper than the SAS and the in-bound flights pass right overhead. MAN also has the coolest garden centre - the greenhouses shake whenever anything big passes over. In fact MAN (well Manchester generally) is so cool I'm moving there and I've even persuaded the other half that we should live under the flight path - can't wait!
 
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 11:32 am

Pe@rson,

Sounds great!!! I'll definatly trek up for a MAN meet, no doubt on a plane with JKW/AIRPLANEPICS and MIKEC!!! lol Would be great, the weekend in July sounds best to me!!!

Chris
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kaitak
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 5:36 pm

OK Pearson, check your email!

Ah yes, all this talk of Manchester has really whetted my appetite!

Mmm . . . airplanes, to paraphrase one of my favourite philosophers (I wonder do they have airplane shaped doughnuts?)
 
Pe@rson
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 7:18 pm

LOL. Well, I think there'd be 10,000+ buyers of plane-shaped doughnuts, i.e. A.net members!
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ACEregular
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 8:29 pm

Variety was better a few years back with CKT L1011's and DC10's, EXC A320's and DC'10, AWD, OOE, KGC, LEI, AAN, AEA 757's, IB 727's, There seemed to be a more exotic air to the airlines and aircraft back then.

Still it's got some of the best viewing points of any airport in this day and age, as opposed to my local NCL which has had its terrace wiped out!
 
Pe@rson
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RE: Manchester Airport - Spotting

Sat Apr 03, 2004 8:35 pm

"Still it's got some of the best viewing points of any airport in this day and age."

Yeah. Still not as good as AMS, FRA, DUS, GVA, ZRH or MLA though.  Laugh out loud
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