Who are TAS?

The Aviation Society or TAS as it is widely known, is based at Manchester Airport. It is the largest aviation society outside of London with over 1200 members and almost 50 years of unbroken experience.


The aim of the Society is to bring together people with the same interest and provide them with the best facilities and information possible.

Manchester Airport, airlines and other aviation related organisations actively support us in the many varied activities that we organise for the Membership.  

Our Members receive a monthly magazine (Winged Words) with news and features about the Airport . The magazine covers information on aircraft which have visited the airport to those that are due to visit in the future. Airport developments, new routes and historical features are all covered.

Events organised by the Society are all listed in the magazine:- from trips to Airports at home and overseas to Behind the Scenes Tours at Airports to Social Evenings with prominent guest speakers from the “World of Aviation”.  TAS will have something for you!

The Society also has a commercial arm -TAS Trading Ltd (TTL), which operates The Aviation Shops at the airport (T1 arrivals and Runway Visitor Park). TAS Members may obtain discounts on items purchased from the shops through participation in our Members Loyalty scheme.

TTL also provides professional Tour Guides at the airports Runway Visitor Park (RVP) for the Concorde Tours and Educational visits. We also organise events such as the annual Aviation and Transport Festival at the RVP and assist with the Avro Air Fair at Woodford.

If you are technical minded you may help with the restoration and on-going care and maintenance of aircraft at the Runway Visitor Park via our TAS Volunteer Engineering Team. We bring together highly experienced aircraft engineers with complete novices to help keep the aircraft in tip top condition.

It is the wealth of experience, comprehensive range of activities and close relationship with the airport that make TAS the success that it is today.

Members benefit from this success in many ways. You could too, by joining today… Click on “Join TAS” on the main menu to join