The Deck 747


Welcome to The Deck 747 by Doors2Manual situated at Barton Aerodrome, Manchester M30 7SA in Manchester. We are excited to offer you a flight sim experience like no other- onboard a real 747-400 aircraft upper deck, 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.

Our Sim:

Take control of the Queen of the Skies, the world’s most loved aircraft, the 747. This ex British Airways genuine 747-400 top deck complete with cockpit has been converted into a totally immersive simulator with full 180 degree wrap around screen for a 100% geometrically correct single image. It is registration G-BYGA which was retired from service in March 2020 and the top deck has been preserved as The Deck 747 at City Airport, Barton Manchester. You will sit in the left or right seat and take off and land anywhere in the world guided by one of our highly experienced instructors for an experience you won’t forget.

As this is set in a real 747 aircraft and due to the complexities around using real aircraft cockpit components, the simulator is set up to be as enjoyable to fly as possible whilst maintaining as much of the realism of the flight controls (and that its not too complex either). With this in mind you may notice that some of the actual 747 processes may be missed for certain scenarios- but the full experience will be talked through by your instructor if you wish to know more information.

If you wish to bring up to three people along with you, they can share your flying time for the whole experience for an additional charge. how you split the flying time is up to you! If they just want to sit and watch though in one of the cockpit observer seats, thats perfectly fine, they dont have to fly. Please use the product options to add. If you wish to add additional time to the experience, you can do so. Add on another 15 minutes for £35 to allow for another emergency scenario or one of your guests to take over and perform the landing.

Please be advised that whilst wheelchair access to the cabin is available, the flight deck door width limits this, therefore anyone wanting to come into the cockpit and in particular fly the aircraft must be able to walk in and sit down in the front cockpit seat unaided. Children aged 7 and over can fly as long as an adult comes along over age of 16 and will need to purchase an additional person in the options. We are open Mon-Sun each week for all sims.

Customers who arrive with children under 7 will be refused entry to the flight sim- the 747 Experience is not open whilst the sim is running so non paying customers and children will not be allowed to stay in the hangar whilst the sim is operational.

Due to the distance from the seat to the rudder pedals and control column, the instructor may need to assist with some of the flight controls if required.

As the simulator is located within The Deck 747 Experience hangar, you are welcome as part of this ticket to take photos in the cabin business seats too.


Barton City Aerodrome, Liverpool Rd, Eccles, Manchester M30 7SA