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TAS Tours

***NEW*** SOUTH AFRICA & optional 3 nights in MAUN (BOTSWANA)

6th – 15th November 2018




The Aviation Society is delighted to announce a return to South Africa last visited by the Society in 2013.   This trip will last for 10 days staying in Johannesburg, with an optional 3 nights at Maun in Botswana at the end of the trip.  The confirmed dates for this trip are 6th November returning to Manchester on 15th November.  We shall be flying with Emirates via Dubai to Johannesburg where we will be spending 8 nights allowing us to visit all the airfields in the area.


Our accommodation in Johannesburg will be the Marriot Protea Hotel at OR Tambo Johannesburg Airport which has an aviation theme running throughout the hotel and views overlooking the aprons. The hotel also runs a free shuttle bus to the airport, free wi-fi, good food and bars.   Whilst staying in Johannesburg we will be hiring vehicles to enable us to visit Rand, Lanseria, Wonderboom and Waterkloof and other local fields should time permit and wherever possible we will request ramp access although at this stage this cannot be confirmed, however Airport authorities in South Africa are normally very accommodating as we found to our delight in 2013.  


The cost of this trip is £1495 which includes flights, transportation and accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis and is based on 2 persons sharing hotel accommodation.  Single room occupancy will incur a supplement of around £500.   Places on this trip are strictly limited to TAS members and their families.


In addition to the above we are offering an optional 3 nights in Maun which is the tourism capital of Botswana where we will be staying at a conveniently located airport hotel which will offer the opportunity to also experience a safari in the African bush. Maun is a very busy international airport where the bush pilots fly out of servicing the various safari hotels and lodges in and around the Okavango Delta area and the Moremi Game Reserve.


The cost of this additional 3 days in Maun is £500 which includes all flights, transportation and accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis and is based on 2 persons sharing hotel accommodation while in Maun, however, it does not include any additional costs such as flights over the Okavango Delta and safaris in the African bush.


Booking- Members wishing to secure just a place on the South African element of the 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, email address and telephone number for confirmation.  Please also enclose a SAE.  Members wishing to secure a place on the optional 3 nights in Maun please add a further £200 to your deposit cheque.   Please note, if you wish to take up the optional trip to Maun this MUST be booked at the same time as we will not be able to change flights without additional expense to the member.  


All this information is essential to your application: places cannot be reserved in any other way.

TAS SOUTH AFRICA & OPTIONAL MAUN (BOTSWANA) 2018, c/o John Wood, 30 Cavendish Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 3DN.


**New**    Toulouse (2)   4th- 7th September 2018




The Aviation Society are delighted to announce a second 4 day late Summer break to the European Centre of Aviation – Toulouse!  The World Headquarters of Airbus Industries and home of the exceedingly busy ATR, A320, A330, A350 and A380 production lines.


We have organised a superb hotel with Runway views, daily visits (included in tour price) to various photo spots around the airport and areas which provide unprecedented views of the ramp including the Airbus Delivery Centre.


In conjunction with Airbus, TAS Members will have the opportunity to participate in a “Panoramic” Airside Tour which gives excellent views of all the facilities (and aircraft) and what can only be described as a very comprehensive commentary of all the activities at each of the production facilities… quite simply “This is how we build aeroplanes!”


During our time at Toulouse the group will see:- Aircraft production lines, the incredible Beluga operation, Aircraft rejected take off tests, aircraft first flights, aircraft test flights and customer delivery flights.  All of these happen every day at this historical and unique aerodrome.




In Addition to all the Airbus traffic (of which there is plenty) the airport has a very busy schedule carrier, low cost and charter operation. Add to this ad hoc military flights and plenty of executive movements it's one of those places that you just never know what you will see next!


Members will also be given opportunity to visit the on-site Museum (including Concorde) and participate in optional aerodrome visits to the ATR facility at  Francazal Aerodrome and other airfields in the region.


Toulouse centre is located only 3.6 miles from the airport so it's easy to visit “the Pink City” and experience its famous culture, restaurants and nightlife if you wish.  The time of year we are visiting will enable “maximum light” for photography with little heat haze.  However, if you like to enjoy your hobby whilst sampling some of the local restaurants and bars there are plenty located around the airfield which also provide spectacular views of  aircraft.


Our flights have been planned to give us the maximum amount of time at the airfields:- Departing Manchester direct to Toulouse on the morning of Tuesday 4th September and returning late on Friday evening. This Tour is recommended for Photographers, Spotters and anyone who wants to experience first-hand the A-Z of how aircraft are constructed, test flown and delivered to customers.








                           

The fully inclusive cost of this 4 day trip to Toulouse is just £495. This includes – Flights, Hotels (Twin room), Airbus Tour and Car Hire.


To Book:- 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. Toulouse 2018: c/o John Wood, 30 Cavendish Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire SK4 3DN.



USA - Oshkosh & Chicago            Friday 20th - Monday 30th July 2018

***Only 2 places left***





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:www.eaa.org  


where you will find everything you need to answer any questions you may have.

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.




USA - An East Coast Odyssey                               15th – 29th April 2018

***This tour is now full***


Toulouse in the Spring time                                            29th May -1st June 2018

***This tour is now full***



Forthcoming Long Haul Overseas Trips

                    

Feb/Mar 2019                South America

Jun 2019                    Anchorage

Oct/Nov 2019               Far East Extravaganza 2


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