Airfield Data

For CAA licencing purposes, City Airport is licensed as Manchester Barton.

A summary of the airfield data for Manchester Barton is shown below, as sourced from the UK AIP. Please note that although we shall endeavour to update this from time to time, it is essential that you refer to the latest full information and NOTAMs available from the AIS website.

Manchester Barton
Elevation: 73ft amsl
Aerodrome Reference Point:
532818N 0022323W
Licenced Operating Hours:
Winter: 0900-SS and by arrangement.
Summer: 0715-1900 or SS (whichever is earlier) and by arrangement.
RFF Category: One
Air Traffic Service: AFIS 120.250, Callsign Barton Information
Displaced Landing Threshold
641 641 641 641
641 641 641 641

All Runways are Grass. Please avoid using the centre of the runway where possible to minimise surface wear. Following heavy rainfall, runways may be subject to restrictions in use or closure at short notice.

Manchester / Barton Aerodrome Traffic Zone. (ATZ) Circle radius 2 nm centred on longest notified runway (09R/27L) 532818N 0022323W, excluding that portion of the circle that lies within the Manchester CTR
2000ft aal
D and G
Airport Regulations

a. Fixed wing twin engine aircraft and fixed wing aircraft over 1500 kg must obtain PPR via telephone with ATS prior to flight.b. During adverse weather conditions, the AD and associated services may be withdrawn, the aerodrome becoming unavailable during these times.

c. High visibility jackets mandatory whilst airside.

d. Non radio aircraft must obtain PPR via telephone with ATS prior to flight.

e. A full copy of the Aerodrome Rules and Procedures (Pilot Handbook) is available on request or can be downloaded from the aerodrome website.


a. There are 35 ft high lamp standards on the A57 road to the Southeast and Southwest of the aerodrome.

b. Red/White Marker boards or non-standard markings (cones) may be used to indicate areas of soft ground. Pilots must exercise extreme cautionas not all soft areas may be indicated.

c. Bird Hazard: Herons regularly flying across the aerodrome at heights between 100 and 500 feet. Additionally, Bird activity (Gulls and Pigeons)increases during periods of wet weather and grass seeding. All Bird Strikes must be reported using a CAA Bird Strike Occurrence Report (FormCA1282).

d. Windshear and Turbulance can be expected on approaches to all runways. In particular, conditions may be more prominent during the followingconditions:

i. Runway 26L/26R Approach and 08L/08R Climbout – Additional turbulance/windshear during strong winds (any direction) and/or hightemperatures.

ii. Runway 20 approach – Additional turbulance/windshear particularly during southeast to South winds.

iii. Runway 32 Approach – Additional turbulance/windshear during strong winds (any direction) and when crossing Dual Carraigeway (A57)prior to the threshold.

iv. Runway 02 Approach – Additional turbulance/windshear particularly when crossing Dual Carraigeway (A57) prior to the threshold.

e. Taxilane adjacent to AVGAS fuel installation has a reduced clearance of 10 m (from taxilane centre-line to fuel pumps).

f. Parascending takes place on the aerodrome uo to 1000 ft aal, during the following periods: Sat, Sun and PH 0630-0900 (winter), 0530-0800(summer)

g. Aerodrome is used unlicensedby helicopters H24

h. Category A Police and Air Ambulance helicopter flights take place H24 from the Aerodrome. Pilots should afford these flights priority wherepossible, subject to rules of the air and safe operation

i. Paramotors operate non-radio from a site approximately 2.5 nm West of the airfield during daylight hours.

j. Runway 08R/26L transitional surface is impinged by Control Tower building by 0.72m

k. High level bridge 532810.64N 0022210.20W approx 193ft amsl

l. Stadium Building and lighting columns (Lgtd) 532810N 0022230W, approximately 155ft amsl


a. Helicopter circuit height 500 ft.

b. Helicopter circuit training is flown in accordance with the chart on page EGCB 4-1.

c. Helicopters must not fly above 500 ft whilst joining / leaving the airfield and whilst within the circuit, unless practising emergency procedures.

d. Helicopters are to arrive via the specific entry/exit point as displayed on page EGCB 4-1, reporting prior to reaching and at the appropriate point.

e. Helicopter Hover training takes place on the airfield. Helicopters must ensure that they give adequate safety clearance (minimum 50 m) with consideration for downwash when operating in the hover close to the Runway in Use.

f. Helicopters wishing to conduct on airfield hover training must obtain PPR via telephone from ATS prior to flight.

g. Warning: Clay Pigeon and Game Shooting takes place north west of the aerodrome within the ATZ. Helicopters should avoid flying over thisarea at low level. (below 500 ft agl).

h. Helicopter Fuelling

i. JET A1 Airport facility – A landing pad is provided adjacent to the fuel bund. Use of the landing pad is at the discretion of the pilot. The landing pad willnot accommodate helicopters with a large wheel base (ie Agusta 109/Sikorsky 76.  White ‘H’s are marked around the bund tank. Please note:1. The marked ‘H’s act as a visual guide to ensure adequate hose reach only.2. The marked ‘H’s do not guarantee any clearance from helicopters parked adjacent. The pilot remains responsible for ensuring safeserperation from adjacent helicopters.3. The ‘H2’ position is not to be used when Runway 14/32 is in use.4. The ‘H5’ position requires that the taxi lane adjacent to the bund is not available for aircraft taxiing.

ii. JET A1 Heliport facility – A landing apron is provided adjacent to the fuel facility. The hose length allows for the fuelling of helicopters parked anywhere on the main apron.

iii. AVGAS – Helicopters should position on the grass, opposite the appropriate pump. The pilot remains responsible for ensuring safe separation from adjacent helicopters. Caution is advised when manouvring in this area close to parked aircraft

i) City Heliport

i. A dedicated heliport facility is located on the SW corner of the Aerodrome

ii.The heliport is not available for flights that require the use of a licensed aerodrome;

iii. Under normal circumstances, helicopters should land at the Aerodrome then route via ‘D1’ holding position along the designated hover taxiway to the Heliport as described at EGCB AD 2.2 Paragraph (2)

iv. The heliport apron is floodlit during pre-arranged night movements

v. Use of the heliport is subject to PPR. Terms and conditions available on request

Use of Runways

Runway 14/32 and/or 02/20 may be closed at times for aircraft parking, information available from AFISO.

b. Computer ATIS.

i. A Computer ATIS Display is provided for departing aircraft. This Provides the following informationRunway in use — QFE / QNH — Unofficial Weather — Runway State

ii. Prior to departure, pilots should obtain the current airfield information from the Computer ATIS Display.

iii. On initial RTF call, pilots should advise the information received the appropriate pressure (QFE/QNH) and the flight detail (ie circuits, local or the destination)

Flight Procedures

Fixed Winged

a. Fixed winged circuit height is 1000 ft (Barton QFE)

b. Fixed winged standard join is overhead at 1800 ft Barton QFE. Pilots should inform ATS if performing a non-standard join prior to entering theATZ.

c. Variations on circuit direction are permitted for training, weather or operational requirements providing the FISO is informed of the pilotsintentions.

d. Circuit directions: Runways 14,20, 26L,26R – RH; Runways 02, 08L, 08R and 32 – LH.

e. Orbits within the circuit are not permitted unless required for safety reasons.

f. Go-Arounds

i. Approaches to runways must not be continued below 200 ft aal if:

1. The approach ahead or runway is occupied or obstructed by aircraft, vehicles or personnel

2. The PIC feels that the approach or landing is becoming unstable or unsafe

g. Go-Around Procedure

i. To initiate the go-around, manoeuvre the aircraft to the deadside of the runway climbing parallel to the runway in use climbing to circuit height (1000 ft aal) before turning crosswind.

ii. Exercise caution when low flying in the go-around over aircraft on the ground including helicopters air taxiing, ground instructions, personneland vehicles

iii. Ensure aircraft ahead are kept in sight

iv. Do not manoeuvre onto the live side as this may conflict with helicopter operations

v. Do not climb initially above 500 ft aal until you have passed the upwind end of the runway in use, which ensures maximim seperation between you and aircraft joining overhead, flying crosswind at circuit height

h. Pilots must not carry out ‘run and break’ manoeuvres within the Barton circuit.

IFR Procedures

i. The aerodrome does not have any instrument or approach/navigational aids. All arrivals and departures must operate under VFR/VMC only.

ii. Pilots flying IFR should plan routings that avoid controlled airspace and for arrivals must plan a suitable alternative in the event that flightconditions preclude flight in VMC on arrival.

Helicopter Procedures

Refer to Helicopter procedures

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