***New***Oshkosh & Chicago USA Fri 20th - Mon 30th July 2018***
The Aviation Society is pleased to announce a return trip to Oshkosh, USA for the largest gathering of aircraft in the world with around 10,000 aircraft of all shapes and sizes expected over the week. A large variety of aircraft including war birds, classics, vintage, racers, home builds, hot air balloons, floatplanes and military aircraft, just about everything aviation related.
We will depart Manchester early morning on Friday 20th July flying to Chicago O' Hare airport arriving early afternoon for a two-night stay at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel where we have already secured rooms overlooking the airport. We will depart Chicago by car early morning on Sunday 22nd for the 4/5-hour journey up to Oshkosh visiting as many airports as possible on the way, where we will spend the next 7 nights soaking up the atmosphere and experiencing the many facets of our hobby. Our accommodation at Oshkosh is in the Horizon Village complex at the University of Wisconsin. These rooms are relatively new, air conditioned and sleep 2/4 persons with a shower in each room and have already been pre-booked. The accommodation at Oshkosh is on a room only basis, all meals will be at each members own expense. There are plenty of eateries within the Oshkosh complex. Please note, entry into Oshkosh will be at members own expense and at current exchange rates will be around £125 for the full week.
Members will be free to do exactly as they wish during the six full days there with the gates opening at 7am and closing when the last event ends, late in the evening. There are 6 daily airshows from 14-30 to 16-30 and each show is unique with new aircraft participating each day. There are also 2 evening shows (Wednesday & Saturday) where aircraft light up the sky with pyrotechnics followed by spectacular firework displays. There are also numerous other events including talks, workshops, film shows and demonstrations. We will also be arranging a visit to the Basler facility on the far side of the airport on one of the mornings to see the DC3 conversions to turbo which is a fascinating insight to their $5m conversion programme.
We depart Oshkosh early on Sunday 29th July back to Chicago where we will catch our evening flight back to Manchester arriving around 8am on the morning of Monday 30th July. If time permits we will visit other airfields/airports on route to Chicago.
The coast of this trip is £1795 which includes flights, good standard accommodation, vehicle hire and is based on 2/4 persons sharing. Please note there is no single room supplement available on this trip due to the accommodation available at Oshkosh. Places on this trip are strictly limited to TAS members and their families. This trip is likely to be very popular judging by the number of enquiries we have already received and we would recommend members wishing to participate send in their deposits without delay to avoid disappointment as places are limited to 20 members due to the accommodation restrictions at Oshkosh.
This trip is designed for the dedicated aviation enthusiast, photographers and anyone interested in aircraft. Somebody once said, "This is a show you have to visit once in a lifetime" They were right!!
This years' event runs from 23rd to 29th July but if you require any further information go to:
Booking- Members wishing to secure a place on this trip are required to send a deposit of £300 made payable to “The Aviation Society” to the address below and include your TAS membership number, your email address and telephone number for confirmation. Please also enclose a large SAE. All this information is essential to your application: places cannot be reserved in any other way.
TAS TOUR OSHKOSH & CHICAGO, USA 2018, c/o John Wood, 30 Cavendish Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire SK4 3DN.
An East Coast Odyssey 15th – 29th April 2018
The Aviation Society is pleased to announce a return to the East Coast of Canada and the USA departing Manchester on 15th April 2018. The trip will be of 13 nights (14 days duration) and will consist of the following itinerary:
Departing Manchester on the morning of Sunday 15th April 2018, we will route via London Heathrow for our Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight to Toronto Pearson where we will be staying for 3 nights in the Sheraton Gateway Toronto Airport Hotel last visited by the Society in September 2011. This hotel is located within the terminal building and offers excellent views across a large part of the airfield as well as the Westjet gates and is within walking distance of a number of excellent spotting and photographic locations.
Leaving Toronto with American Airlines on the morning of Wednesday 18th April, we will head down to New York where we will be staying for 4 nights at the Courtyard La Guardia Airport Hotel which is located adjacent to the holding point of Runway 04 at La Guardia. Whilst here we will be using rental vehicles to visit a number of the surrounding airports including JFK, Newark and Teterboro.
At the end of our stay in New York we will again travel with American Airlines this time to Miami, Florida. Departing on the morning of Sunday 22nd April we will be staying for 6 nights in the Pullman Miami Airport Hotel which is located on Blue Lagoon Drive a short walk away from the famous 94th Squadron Restaurant just off the airport Perimeter Road. Once again, we will be using rental vehicles to visit the many and varied airfields in and around Miami including Fort Lauderdale International, Fort Lauderdale Executive, Opa Locka, Timiami and West Palm Beach to name but a few. At the conclusion of our trip we will depart Miami late evening on Saturday 28th April aboard a British Airways A380 via London Heathrow to Manchester arriving mid-afternoon on Sunday 29th April.
The cost of this trip inclusive of all flights, accommodation on a room only basis, car hire and taxes will be £2,249 pp based on sharing a twin-bedded room or double room in the case of couples. If you require a room of your own, there will be a single room supplement of £750. Places are limited and members are advised to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Booking – Members wishing to secure a place on this trip are required to send in a non-refundable deposit of £300 made payable to "The Aviation Society" to the address below and include TAS membership number, email address and telephone number for confirmation. Please remember to enclose an SAE. All this information is essential for your application, places cannot be reserved in any other way. AN EAST COAST ODYSSEY 2018, John Wood, 30 Cavendish Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire SK4 3DN.
Updated forthcoming Long Haul Overseas Trips
Oct/Nov 2018 South Africa
Feb/Mar 2019 South America
Jun 2019 Anchorage
Oct/Nov 2019 Far East Extravaganza
We are also looking at a number of European trips which will include Airshows, Museums and Factory visits. We would welcome your ideas and suggestions…
Overseas Trip Organisers:- John Wood, Dave Kirkham, Peter Hampson
**To travel on TAS Tours you must be a TAS member – to join – see TAS website or membership page**