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"Hand Signal" At AA's DFW Gates?  
User currently offlineDeltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1496 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3919 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?

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User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2258 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3786 times:
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If they have automatic parking system controled by lights (not popular with pilots) at its out of service that could explain it. Telling crews to wait for ramp team hand/light wand directions instead

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User currently offlineThunder9 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

Deltaff --

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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User currently offlineDeltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3455 times:

That makes sense - the weather was iffy around the airport. Thanks Thunder9!!

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