City Airport and Heliport (Manchester Barton) is a busy general aviation airfield situated close to the Manchester CTR and underneath the Manchester TMA but within Class G airspace. Featuring four grass runways, this VFR airfield is home to a number of based flying schools specialising in fixed wing, rotary and gyrocopter lessons.
Barton is also home to two of the three North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) helicopters which are based at their own purpose built facility at City Heliport. Operating Eurocopter EC135 T2 aircraft, these air ambulances cover a large area spanning from Shropshire and Cheshire all the way up to Cumbria and Derbyshire.
Next door to the NWAA base is the purpose built Police Air Support Unit (ASU). This is home to one of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) Eurocopter EC135 T2+ helicopter which covers a wide area from Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Greater Manchester and even Yorkshire.
Barton have an Aerodrome Flight Information Service (AFIS) on 120.250 which is provided by a team of licensed Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officers (AFISOs). These AFISOs will provide instructions to aircraft on the ground and information to aircraft in the air to allow pilots to conduct their flights safely. An AFIS does not have access to radar however Barton have their own conspicuity squawk of 7365. This squawk allows neighbouring units such as Manchester, Liverpool, Warton and Leeds to see who is in two-way communication with Barton Information so they know who to phone if they need to pass vital information to an aircraft. This squawk is not is a Frequency Monitoring Code (FMC) and should only be selected by pilots once instructed to do so by the AFISO.
The Designated Operational Coverage (DOC) of Barton Information is 10 miles and 3000ft outside control airspace. This means Barton can offer a service up to 10 miles out from their airport. If you are planning on flying within 10nm of Barton and remaining outside controlled airspace it may be a good idea to request a service from Barton Information.