On Saturday 13th January City Airport opened its doors to hobbyists and professional operators and owners of Drones.
The objective of the event was to provide useful tips and information to drone pilots so that they can be operated safety and within the law.
A presentation was given by Steve Cooper, a Flight Information Service Officer at City Airport, giving details on best practice, pre flight preparation, local airspace restrictions, safety and adherence to legal requirements.
Those attending were also given an opportunity to look around a light aircraft and a tour of the Control Tower at City Airport.
Further advice and guidance was also presented by Chris Wild, Head of Airfield Safety and Compliance at Manchester Airport, and Ian Dickson, Head of Air Traffic Control at Manchester Airport.
Nick Duriez, Airport Director at City Airport commented. “Leisure and commercial use of drones is on the increase as technology develops and they become more easily accessible. It is important that these flying devices can be safety integrated into the shared airspace that is also used by manned aircraft, helicopters and other airspace users. At City Airport we want to ensure that drone pilots are fully aware of their responsibilities and help facilitate drone flights whilst ensuring that drones are flown without causing danger to others. We welcome any drone pilots to contact us at any time for help and advice.”
For more information and guidance see:
Customers are advised that with effect from 3rd January 2018 the following revised prices are in effect, due to a change in price from our supplier;
Avgas 100LL – £1.49/litre plus VAT
Avgas UL91 – £1.49/litre plus VAT
Jet A1 – £0.85/litre plus VAT
A note from our Airport Director.
As we draw 2017 to a close, I’m proud that we can look back on another great year of activity and achievements. It really has been a very busy rollercoaster of a year, and I’d like to thank our team who worked non stop throughout.
For the benefit of our enthusiasts, we introduced our live HD webcams. We held various events, introducing our first season of regular Car Boot Sales, our two popular Family Fun and Dog Shows, the UK’s first Pride in Aviation, our annual Firework Spectacular and we welcomed Santa to our three Children’s Christmas Parties.
For the aviators, we invested significantly again in various continuing runway surface grading improvements, hosted several Fly-In Events and a popular GASCo Safety Evening.
To help ensure our facilities are brought up to standard, we invested in a complete refurbishment of our toilets, and installation of our Children’s Play Area, helping to ensure that our Runway26 Cafe and Bar goes from strength to strength in our 3rd year of operating this facility.
Throughout the year, we’ve welcomed over 80 military visiting helicopters whom it is always a pleasure to welcome, and talking of pleasure, literally hundreds of people took to the air in helicopter pleasure flights. We welcomed to the airfield a brand new flight simulator owned and operated by LAC Flying School and across our 6 Flying Schools 44 people completed their first solo flights with just as many going on to complete their Pilot Licences.
In summer we were treated to a Fly Past by the Lancaster Bomber and many of the enthusiasts who saw this are members of the Friends of Barton Aerodrome, which has gone from strength to strength, hosting Photography Events, and they have supported us by hosting hundreds of people on educational tours around the Airfield.
The original Terminal building has continued its refurbishment and the Veterans Garage who’s aim is to support ex veterans have become fully established, and to aid their support and fundraising working with the Airport have also hosted several well attended car and music events through the year.
My focus now turns to the year ahead, and indeed beyond as we embark on creation of a new 5 year business plan and longer term strategy to ensure that the Airport can be a sustainable, friendly aviation and visitor facility for the enjoyment of our local community, the City of Salford and the wider region.
To this end, I’d welcome feedback from all our customers as this helps us to ensure we can direct our energies to meet the needs of everyone, and invite you to take part by visiting www.visitcityairport.co.uk/survey
I look forward to an exciting year ahead and I’d like to wish all our customers a safe, enjoyable and prosperous 2018.
City Airport & Heliport
Each year we run our annual Customer Survey.
We use this information to help develop our strategies over the coming years, to ensure that City Airport & Heliport can continue to thrive and grow, and we take on board all comments and suggestions received.
Our survey will remain open until mid January 2018
Customers are advised that with effect from 1st December 2017, the following revised prices are in effect, due to a change in price from our supplier;
Avgas 100LL – £1.51/litre plus VAT
Avgas UL91 – £1.51/litre plus VAT
Jet A1 – £0.83/litre plus VAT
Customers are advised that with effect from 3rd October 2017, the following revised prices are in effect, due to a change in price from our supplier;
Avgas 100LL – £1.47/litre plus VAT
Avgas UL91 – £1.47/litre plus VAT
Jet A1 – £0.81/litre plus VAT
Customers are advised that with effect from 7th September 2017, the following revised prices are in effect, due to a change in price from our supplier;
Avgas 100LL – £1.46/litre plus VAT
Avgas UL91 – £1.62/litre plus VAT
Jet A1 – £0.80/litre plus VAT
Customers are advised that with effect from 3rd August 2017, the following revised prices are in effect, due to a change in price from our supplier;
Avgas 100LL – £1.42/litre plus VAT
Avgas UL91 – £1.42/litre plus VAT
Jet A1 – £0.78/litre plus VAT
City Airport & Heliport (Manchester Barton Aerodrome) has announced its first ‘Pride in Aviation’ Event, in conjunction with Manchester Pride.
The free event, taking place on Sunday 27th August and coinciding with Manchester Pride, has been created to demonstrate and encourage LGBT acceptance within the Aviation community, whilst also promoting the pride that all those involved and supporting aviation have with the sport, hobby and, for many, their flying career.
Nick Duriez, Airport Director said: “City Airport is delighted to be hosting what we believe may be the first Pride in Aviation event in the UK. The event will run in conjunction with Manchester Pride, providing an alternative family-friendly vibe for anyone wanting to celebrate with us.
“At City Airport, we are committed to promoting the enjoyment of aviation to encompass anyone with an interest, regardless of age, race, colour or sexuality and this event firmly cements our effort to extend the world of aviation to all.
“Our events are hugely popular in the local community and offer a great chance to see what’s on offer here at City Airport. With our onsite Café Bar, plus viewing and picnic areas, we provide a welcoming environment for all ages.”
The event will feature a daytime Pride Fly-In with free landings and overnight camping, followed by an evening of live music and entertainment from 7pm with live music from cover band ALIBI and transgender singer Ellie-X in City Airport’s ‘Runway 26’ Café Bar. Food will be available until 9pm.
City Airport is conveniently located just 5 miles from Manchester City Centre, close to Junction 11 of the M60 on the A57 Liverpool Road.
For more details please visit www.prideinaviation.org.uk
Today, over 30 children were treated to an experience of a lifetime at City Airport as part of the Bader Braves Young Aviator Days, an initiative of the Douglas Bader Foundation.
Children with limb impairment and other disabilities were treated to their first experience of flight in a light aircraft. Volunteers from the Friends of Barton Aerodrome assisted with organisation and co-ordination of the flights for the children and their parents and guardians, and flights were conducted by volunteer pilots who gave up their time to undertake the flights.
Nick Duriez, Airport Director who also undertook several flights commented, “It was fantastic to take part in such a worthwhile event. The expressions of joy in the children’s (and adults) faces said it all and highlighted how the experience really can help change and enhance lives. One such youngster started out a little nervous but once the flight was under way proclaimed ‘This is the best day of my life!’. It was an absolute pleasure for City Airport airport to support the Bader Braves Young Aviator Day again in 2017, and we look forward to continuing to work with the charity supporting this annual event.”
Keith Delderfield, Director of Operations for DBF said “This is our third visit to this super venue and the best yet. We run twelve Bader Braves Young Aviators Days throughout the year around the UK and this one has certainly raised the bar to a new height. We are indebted to everyone involved for making this day such a huge success and for putting so many big smiles on so many faces”.
There were many smiling faces all round and they day was enjoyed by all. We would like to say many thanks to the airport staff, Runway 26 Cafe/Bar, Friends of Barton Aerodrome members and the pilots who all came together to make this day an extremely worthwhile and special day for the children. We look forward to hosting the event once again in 2018.
You can find our more abut the Douglas Bader Foundation by visiting www.douglasbaderfoundation.com
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