Have you ever dreamt of taking control of a Boeing 747?

Head to Manchester and take control of a of ex BA 747 G-BYGA in a simulated environment and go flying. Welcome to The Deck 747 by Doors2Manual situated at City Airport, Barton M30 7SA in Manchester. We are excited to be the only real 747-400 aircraft upper deck experience in the North of England, giving you the chance to not only get on board the top deck of ex BA 747 G-BYGA but take control of her in a simulated environment and go flying! You also have the chance to sit in a business class seat, get a selfie in the captain’s seat and visit the Doors2Manual shop. Check out the gallery for photos!​ Our opening times vary depending on events, please follow the links above to make your booking! Within the “Book 747 products” button at the top you will find all our different offerings onboard our amazing aircraft deck including sim packages, cockpit workshops, fear of flying and general experience sessions. All bookings must be made in advance here www.thedeck747.com ​ If you already have a gift voucher or sim order, it is not possible to book time on the website, please email us on info@thedeck747.com or text/whats app us on +447940526830 with suggested dates and we will arrange for you.

747- G-BYGA

​ G-BGYA was a 747-436 wide bodied aircraft which was powered by 4 Rolls Royce RB211-524G engines. MSN is 28855, line number 1190 British Airways took delivery of her in December 1998 wearing the Chelsea Rose world tail livery. First flight was on 4th December 1998. Cabin configuration consisted of 14 first class, 86 business class, 30 premium economy and 145 econom seats. The most popular route flown by this aircraft from from LHR to JFK. The most notable incident during G-BYGA’s flying carrier was at approximately 18:35Z on 11 May 2009. On take off from Tambo Airport in South Africa, the flight crew battled to prevent a low-altitude stall after the leading-edge slats unexpectedly retracted during lift-off. At 167kt on the take-off roll, fractionally below rotation speed, all the leading-edge slats inboard of the engines on each side automatically retracted, after receiving a spurious indication of thrust-reverser activation. As the aircraft tried to climb out from Johannesburg known for its ‘hot and high’ environment, the jet was said to have lost a “significant amount of lift” and the stick-shaker immediately engaged, warning of an approaching stall. Thankfully due to the experience of the flight crew, the aircraft was stabilised and an emergency landing back to Tambo was carried out successfully. Investigators concluded that, during the take-off roll, the slats retracted – as designed – in response to signals indicating deployment of thrust reversers on the two inboard Rolls-Royce RB211 engines. The right-hand reverser signal was triggered at 125kt and the left-hand at 160kt.But neither reverser had been activated, and British Airways engineers examined the aircraft (G-BYGA) to trace the source of the false signals. The inquiry concluded that, although the reversers were stowed, their translating cowls were nevertheless seated relatively far rearwards. As the 747’s engines wound up to high power, and the aircraft accelerated, sensors monitoring the cowl positions transmitted incorrect ‘reverser’ signals. The slats retracted because of a logic process designed to prevent them being struck by efflux air from activated reversers. Boeing subsequently developed a safety bulletin for Rolls-Royce-powered 747-400s to disable this reverser-based automated stowing. As part of British Airways collective early retirement of their fleet of 747s, G-BYGA was withdrawn from active service on 21st March 2020. It was stored at cardiff from 23rd March to 8th September 2020 on which date it was moved to Cotswold (Kemble) Airport awaiting breakup. G-BYGA top deck was saved from impending scrap by Doors2Manual and was transported by road on 11th August 2022 where is now resides here in its new home at City Airport (Barton), Manchester.

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