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 29th April

“Keeping your aerodrome safe” - Aviation Safety Consultant - Debbie Riley

Tonight, Debbie will take a detailed look at two completely different aspects of Airfield Operations which can have serious implications on aerodrome safety:- Managing the Wildlife Hazard and Runway Excursions.

The first half of Debbie’s presentation will take a look at the different species of wildlife (from Birds to Elephants) that can potentially cause a serious accident at an airport. What measures do the airports around the world put in place to mitigate and prevent accidents taking place? The second half of Debbie’s presentation will look at another very serious occurrence at the world Airports known as “Runway Excusions” (An aircraft vacating the Runway,normally at speed,onto the unpaved terrain). Such incidents are on the increase and can have very serious consequences. Why do they happen and what can airports do to prevent them? Debbie will be sharing her extensive experience in both topics,illustrating her presentations with photos from airports around the world and through the use of comprehensive Case Studies including accident investigations.

Guest speaker Debbie Riley on a recent inspection of Yangon Airport Myanmar

Guest speaker Debbie Riley on a recent inspection of Yangon Airport Myanmar

Monday 13th May

Ken Delve - former RAF Tornado Navigator (Change of Date for Speaker)

“Airmen and Anecdotes”

Tonight it’s a great pleasure to welcome back to TAS our very good friend Ken Delve. Ken has had a fascinating career in aviation with the Royal Air Force as a Navigator on Canberra and Tornado aircraft and since retiring from the RAF as a Historian,Author of several books,former Editor of the much respected Flypast magazine and more recently as the founder of The Aviation History Research Centre. Tonight he will be talking about his career and specifically some of those wonderful aviation people and stories he has come across over the years. He’s a great Speaker …come along and see for yourself you wont be disappointed.

Monday 17th June

Awaiting confirmation of Speaker

Monday 1st July

                      Martyn Cartlidge - “First Flights”

MONDAY 29th July

                     TAS Tour to South America – Dave Kirkham

MONDAY 12th August 

                   Manchester Airport Transformation Project - Rory McLoughlan

2nd September

                    Robin Tudor - Liverpool Airport 

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.