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Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Sun Aug 21, 2005 12:34 am

Can anyone give me some information on Hawarden Airport (sometimes known as Broughton) I know it is mainly used for light aircraft. However Airbus do have an establishment there, i have seen Airbus Transporters departing numerous times.

Any info welcome

thanks,
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Sun Aug 21, 2005 1:54 am

Until the sale of their business jet division to Raytheon, BAE manufactured the BAe125 at Hawarden.

Currently the plant assembles wings for the Airbus family, transported to the European assembly sites by the Airbus Transporters.
 
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:04 am

Depends what your going for really, most week days there is a Beluga visit, and Fridays about 6.30 pm is a Privatair A319. Apart from that there's not much happening. You sometimes get a few HS125's at the Raytheon facility, but unfortunately viewing/photo opportunities are limited as well as the sporadic movements, so unless you're in the know or very lucky, there's not a lot to see. The 125 is still made at Broughton but are then shipped to the US for equipping.
 
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:25 am

I often see the Beluga parked-up and occasionally see it departing. It's certainly a great sight.

I also often see biz-jets parked-up.
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:29 am

Oh, BTW: I live on Hough Green, Chester, which is very close to H. Does anyone know whether any views exist if walking around the airfield on foot? Any directions, etc., would be welcome.  Smile
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Sun Aug 21, 2005 8:22 am

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 4):
Does anyone know whether any views exist if walking around the airfield on foot? Any directions, etc., would be welcome.

The only real view that I know of, from outside is at the end of runway 05.
http://www.holmes.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Aircraft/Runway%2005%20Hawarden.jpg

The emergency access gates give a view through from the road that leads from Broughton up into Hawarden.

The Airbus buildings block the rest of the view from outside... inside the site though, the views are better   

On the 'friends and familiy' days you can get a few unusual visitors. In 2004, an easyJet A319 was on show, the Privatair A319 arrived and went on show, the A340-600 performed some fly-bys as did a Lancaster bomber  cool 

[Edited 2005-08-21 01:27:28]
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:43 am

Thanks, EGNR.  Smile

I decided to walk from my home to the airfield. It was, in fact, somewhat longer than 1 mile: the one-way trip took over 1 hour. From the other end of the runway to the end shown in your photo, there is a fence offering good, albeit distance, views. I saw the Privatair 319 and, more oddly, a T3 J41. I can but assume that it is to operate a charter, but I was curious about why it was there on a Sunday. Any thoughts?
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:38 am

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 6):
more oddly, a T3 J41. I can but assume that it is to operate a charter, but I was curious about why it was there on a Sunday. Any thoughts?

I'm guessing they still operate the CEG-FZO flights. In my days with T3 they had a contract to fly the route 3 times each weekday and the J41 was based at CEG.
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:12 am

Quoting Capital146 (Reply 7):
I'm guessing they still operate the CEG-FZO flights. In my days with T3 they had a contract to fly the route 3 times each weekday and the J41 was based at CEG.

Yep, the T3 J41 operates the 'Shuttle' between Broughton and Filton for Airbus UK. Not sure how many flights per day it is at the moment - the timetable has changed a few times lately.
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:17 pm

Three flights a day. The based aircraft is GMAJN, which is almost impossible to see anywhere else on our network unless it is changed for operational reasons
 
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:05 pm

Oh! I didn't realise about the T3 flights. Most interesting. I guess this explains why I saw a T3 J41, several weeks ago, doing what looked like test flights - 12 of so in a row, all with gear down and lights on, in the wrong direction to the runway at Chester.

I guess its thrice-daily service to Filton actually operates only during the week.
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:12 pm

Operates Monday to Thursday only, and training flights quite frequently occur on Fridays.
 
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:28 pm

Thanks.  Smile

Care to disclose how much T3 earns for these flights?  Wink
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:32 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 12):
Care to disclose how much T3 earns for these flights?

Don't tell him or he'll try and get Ryanair to take over the flights........
 
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RE: Chester (Hawarden) Airport

Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:36 pm

Quoting MarBergi (Reply 13):
Don't tell him or he'll try and get Ryanair to take over the flights........

Daddy O'L would not be interested.
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