Deltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1440 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3258 times:
I was flying out of DFW today, and as we taxied past Terminal C and A, I noticed that all of the gate info screens had the words "Hand Signal" on the second line below the flight #, dest, and ship #. I have never seen that before. What does that mean?
Thunder9 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2907 times:
The "Hand Signals" you saw on the gate boards is not for aircraft parking, rather it is for the ramp personnel. It is posted when there is lightning in the vicinity of the airfield, but not close enough to close the ramp to activity. During this time, the rampers will not use headsets to communicate with cockpit crews during pushback and engine starts.
This means that the pushback crews need an extra person to walk along side the tractor in view of the cockpit to give the signals, rather than the pushback tractor driver talking to the crew on the headsets.
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