Manchester City and Barton Heliport

The Original Manchester Airport for X-Plane 11

It’s interesting to see that Orbx is expanding its product range for X-Plane 11, which taps into a massive potential customer base. This latest release reinforces its commitment to the platform because it depicts an airport that is currently only available for X-Plane.

The old control tower is still in use and is now a listed building.

The airport in question is Manchester City (EGCB) Airport, also known by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as Manchester/ Barton or Barton Aerodrome. While it’s classed as an airport, it is in fact an airfield, with grass being the only covering for its four runways. So it’s primarily a (very popular) GA airport that also caters for helicopters and a few small commercial operators.

About the real Manchester City Airport

The airport is situated 5nm west of Manchester and was the first purpose-built municipal airport in the UK. Its physical location is in the Bartonupon- Irwell area of Eccles in the City of Salford, Greater Manchester, conveniently adjacent to three major motorways: the M60, M62 and M61.

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