What are Social Evenings?

Social Evenings are where we invite a guest speaker from the “world of aviation” to  come along to the Runway Visitor Park and deliver a presentation on a specific topic to our Members and Guests. The evenings are traditionally held each fortnight on a Monday night.

An average attendance would be between 70 – 130 people – all ages (all sexes)  who simply have a common interest in Aviation. Throughout the year we will try and vary the topics to ensure we cover all aspects of Civil and Military aviation.

Recent Guest Speakers have included:- Red Arrows Team Manager, Concorde Chief Pilot, Former USAF U2 and SR71 Pilot, Director of Manchester Airport, Director of Thomas Cook Airlines, Virgin B747 Pilot, Professional Drone Pilot, Air Accident Investigator, Air Traffic Controller.

The evenings are conducted in a relaxed environment where like minded people are able to meet. Prior to the Guest Speaker commencing their presentation a selection of historical and current photos will be shown on the large screen.

Each evening will normally have a 15 / 20 minute break (half way through) where we usually hold a raffle with a prize associated with the evenings presentation or a gift voucher for the TAS Shop.

Where are they held?

All TAS Social Evenings are held in the Concorde Restaurant at Manchester Airports Runway Visitor Park (RVP). Postcode WA15 8XQ, Tel 0161 489 8300.

The venue has a bar and is located alongside the iconic Concorde G-BOAC.  Entry to the Social Evenings is normally through the TAS Shop and the Concorde Hangar – (Yes, you walk under Concorde).  We guarantee a fantastic evening, where everyone is made very welcome…and great views of the aircraft can be had regardless of the weather!

How much does it cost?

Admission (Pay on the door) to the Social Evenings is just £2.00 for TAS members with guests being admitted for £3.50.

What time and where do I park?

The gates to the Runway Visitor Park open at 19.00hrs for persons attending the meetings and the presentations commence at 20.00hrs and usually end at 22.00hrs.

Entrance and Car parking to the Runway Visitor Park is free after 19.00hrs to all persons attending TAS Social Evenings.  If required the Car Park attendant located at the “gate house” will advise you with respect to the Car Parking arrangements for that evening. Drive through, park the car and make your way to the event in the Concorde Restaurant.

Ideas for “Guest Speakers” at future events are always welcome. Please contact our Social Evening organiser:-  


Monday 12th August           Manchester Airport Transformation Project Update

2019 has been a momentous year for the Transformation Project with the opening of the first phase – Pier 1 of the project. Tonight we welcome back members of the TP  Senior Management Team who will be giving us their review so far (Good, bad and ugly?)… and of course what happens next? As always there will be plenty of time for questions as our Members are given privileged access to the people who are making those key decisions on the future of Manchester Airport.  Don’t miss the opportunity as we are given our annual progress report.

 Future Social Evenings – Dates for the diary..

2nd September         Robin Tudor - Liverpool Airport – Head of PR and Comms

16th September        Fiona Wright – Director  - Manchester Airport

30th September        Wendy Sinfield – Community Relations Manager - Manchester Airport

14th October             Richard Chatham - Concorde

28th October             Air Marshall Phillip Sturley CB, MBE, BSC – RAF-Flown 110 Aircraft types!

11th November         Rad Taylor – Operations Director – Manchester Airport

25th November         Steve Balfour – Annual ATC Update

9th December       Steve Grimshaw and Simon Wilson

From Skegness to L.A. – Aviation Photography from above

Tonight’s presenters Steve Grimshaw & Simon Willson are both longstanding TAS members and keen aviation photographers, their work having featured in numerous aviation publications, plus they are both microlight pilots.

Their passion for flying and photography has taken them worldwide but tonight they will concentrate on the UK and the USA with the first half of the presentation containing aerial shots from their microlights over the UK including Bruntingthorpe, Caernarfon, the Lake District and Skegness to name but a few, plus some air to air photography and even a flight across the English Channel.

The second half of the presentation will focus on aerial photography from helicopters and light aircraft over airports and boneyards in the USA including Victorville, Mojave, Davis Montham, Pinal Air Park and of course LAX; plus a few shots from Rainbow Canyon (the USA’s equivalent to the Mach Loop).

So, something for everyone - sit back, relax and enjoy some stunning photographic images taken from above.    

23rd December        TAS Christmas Social / An evening with Airport Solutions

Future Guest Speakers

With a Social Evening taking place almost every two weeks throughout the year (that’s over 20 Guest Speakers per year!) its quite a challenge to organise an interesting and varied programme.  As such, if you would like to offer your services as a Guest Speaker, know someone or perhaps have seen someone who could be a potential Guest Speaker or have ideas for Guest Speakers – Please drop our Social Evening Organiser (Peter Hampson) an e mail :- peter@airportsol.com  Your help and support would be very much appreciated.