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DTW Gate Marquee Info?  
User currently offlineTVCFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 47 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

Greetings to all A.netters. Im new to the system so please excuse me if I mess something up.

I searched the forums but could not find this topic discussed yet.

Outside every gate at the DTW McNamara terminal there is an electronic marquee (not sure of the proper term) on the terminal wall with the gate number and other info. Does anybody know what kind of information is relayed on this system? Is it designed more for the pilots, or the ground crew? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1968 times:

I am not 100% sure but I am soon it is to help pilots find their gates in addition to ground control.

I believe that these existed at the old Davey Terminal later in Northwest's time there in the late 90s till it closed. If you are talking about what I am thinking, I believe I have seen pics of those at the Davey too.


User currently offlineTVCFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

here's a pic. Look to the upper left of the DC-9


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User currently offlineNwa757300 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 299 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1942 times:

The marquees relay information to ground crew and flight crews. They give information on minutes to arrival of inbound aircraft slated to use that particular gate, the aircraft number, flight number and city aircraft is arriving from. Once the aircraft is on the gate the information changes to relay minutes to departures, destination city and flight number. Both DTW and MSP have these marquees, MEM does not.

User currently offlineTVCFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1930 times:

NWA757300-

Thanks. I assume the "+" number is the time to departure. Is the number above that the local time?



User currently offlineNwa757300 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 299 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

The number above the "countdown" is scheduled time of departure. If there is a mechanical/weather/atc delay and the departure time is pushed back that number reflects the change. That way everyone is kept in the loop. If the "+" changes to a "-" then the flight is late. The signs also relay information like "gate change" or "high wind alert". It's intended to keep everyone on their toes so flights get out on time and alerts them to get ready for inbound aircraft. MSP and DTW are very busy so it's helpful but with all the down time between banks in MEM I don't suppose they really need them.



User currently offlineTVCFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

NWA757300

Again,

Thanks for the info. Exactly what I was looking for.


User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3895 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1821 times:

NWA757300 has it mostly correct. These are called RID (ramp information display) screens. They countdown to departure, so if there is 15 min left until departure it will say -15. At departure time it will show a 0 and then from there it counts up with a + sign... showing how many minutes past departure time. They have the a/c number, flt number and destination as mentioned. They are however a bit different in MSP as they are in DTW. At MSP they show the arriving flt info... in DTW they do not. So these help keep the crew as well as ramp staff situationally aware of the flight to ensure a timely departure.


AZJ


User currently offlineFavre From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 595 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1787 times:

Almost AZJ,

you have the plus and minus wrong..+=minutes left -=past dept time...not trying to cause any rift's just helping....blf



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User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3895 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1699 times:

I could have sworn it counted down to departure with a - sign! I stand corrected then. Sorry 757300...



AZJ


User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1657 times:

"I could have sworn it counted down to departure with a - sign! I stand corrected then. Sorry 757300..."


You're both right. Airlink counts down to departure with a "-" sign. Mainline counts down with a "+" sign. Sit on the right side of the aircraft and taxi to 30R for departure at MSP... you'll wonder why all the CRJ flights are ridiculously delayed out of the B concourse until you make the connection... like I did.


Regards,

N-Dub





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