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User currently offlineCKT789 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2589 times:

Is there a speed limit when taxiing? I was at Gatwick and Edinburgh at the weekend and the Ryanair flights don't 'arf go for it after they land. I know that they have very short turnaround times so the quicker they get to the gate the better but I was just wondering if there was a limit.

Jamie.

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User currently offlineRyanairA320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2003, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

I love Ryanair. They practically take off while taxiing to runway 10 at Dublin. Its great fun but its a pity a lot of their brakes don't sound better



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User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

Southwest seems like they taxi pretty fast to the gates/runway.

-Delta767300ER


User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2237 times:

"Southwest seems like they taxi pretty fast to the gates/runway."

Saves time, saves fuel...

They are also noted for making VERY short finals when there is no other traffic around. I was on an SWA flight about a year ago that made his turn from base leg about 2 miles from the runway... very impressive!

They also are quite known on the ATC channels for requesting to go direct to various points rather than the slightly jagged routings. If they can cut the corner and shave 50 miles off a flight, that saves quite a bit over time.



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User currently offlineBoo25 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2167 times:

Ryanair are legendary for one thing in the UK - mach 2 taxying Big grin

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

As far SW cutting corners on final approaches, that is, of course, limited to those airports that don't have noise restrictions, or a minimum distance turn to final approach.

We used to kiddingly threaten to put up speed bumps in our concourse B and C alleyway to slow them down. Great fun when your flying them, a pain when your negotiating a busy ramp in a vehicle.

As far as getting a direct routing, SW flights leaving MSY westbound to SAN, LAX, LAS, and PHX will almost always get direct El Paso when initiating contact with Houston Center's mid-altitude controller. Bu that's not limited to SW. UA and F9 flights to DEN will often get direct Lamar, Colorado early on.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

"As far as getting a direct routing, SW flights leaving MSY westbound to SAN, LAX, LAS, and PHX will almost always get direct El Paso when initiating contact with Houston Center's mid-altitude controller. Bu that's not limited to SW. UA and F9 flights to DEN will often get direct Lamar, Colorado early on. "

Yeah, I sit here and listen to the scanner as they depart OMA for PHX. They will usually ask for direct GUP (Gallup) which is the entry point to the STAR at PHX. I've actually heard the enroute stuff request things like direct CIVET - which is about 50 nm out from LAX... quite amusing.



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User currently offlineSWAbubba From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1835 times:

Taxi speeds aren't regulated, it's up to the judgment of the captain- they're the ones left holding the bag if they hit anything or go off the prepared surface. As long as the taxiway is dry and straight there's no reason to go slow- unless the pilots are paid by the minute. It cost us three or four minutes a few days ago when we got stuck taxiing behind another carrier going 2 mph in PVD.

We do try to cut the corners off the route when it's advantageous. Sometimes in the winter you can save time and gas by going out of your way to stay in or out of the jetstream depending on which direction you're going. I was cleared direct to MGW (the entry for the Westminster3 arrival into BWI) over New Mexico yesterday.


User currently offlineKBUF737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1777 times:

WN pilots are also notorious for taxiing to an earlier runway taxiway to "cut off" a few planes in front of them. Granted they have the controllers permission. I have also noticed at not so busy airports or dead times they won't even hold short. They will fire them up before they are in position. Its pretty cool to be short of the runway with the engines already spooled up.


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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1721 times:

I always thought that most aircrafts taxiing go too damn slow... On FS when im taxiing on a long straight taxiway im putting alot at like 50knots which aint too bad, gotta remember to be on the brakes nice n early though...


CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

"I was cleared direct to MGW (the entry for the Westminster3 arrival into BWI) over New Mexico yesterday."

Wow... that makes for a heckuva phone call from Albuquerque Center! "Uh, I would like a direct routing for someone across... uh... 4 different centers?"



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User currently offlineVenuscat2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 478 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

So, what would you say is the average taxi speed for, say, a Boeing 737?

User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

"So, what would you say is the average taxi speed for, say, a Boeing 737?"

Probably on a longer haul (like running down to a departure end, no traffic) they would get up to something like 30 or 40. Most of the time, it would be 20-30, though. That's my guess.



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