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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?  
User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8143 times:

I see these vehicles at airports, what are the for and what are they called?


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12173 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8077 times:

They are to guide aircraft to/from a parking location if the pilot is not familiar with the airport.

At some airports they have the call sign "Follow Me-1", "2", etc. Here at DFW, when we provide follow me services, the call signs will be "Port-110", "111", etc.


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8036 times:

These "Follow Me" cars are very common here in Europe but I never saw them in the USA (at least not in the typical black/yellow design):


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As KC135TopBoom wrote in reply #1, they are leading the planes to the gate/parking position when the pilot is not familar with the airport he just landed at (I experienced very often that "my" plane was following such a car when I arrived at DUS on a non German airline like TU, AZ, etc.).

Patrick

[Edited 2005-03-01 01:30:22]

User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7984 times:

Thanks.

I seen one at PIT last year at an airshow, I assumed that is what they're for, but wasn't sure.



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User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7914 times:

They're often used during low visibilities when it can be hard to find your way to the gate.

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User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7801 times:

My understanding is that they're for pilots who are not proficient enough in English to understand the signage. I saw one of these vehicles at SEA a while ago guidiing an Aeroflot plane to the cargo area.

User currently offlineIL76TD From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 7732 times:

Follow me planes can be requested by an airline for pilots unfamiliar with an airport. I know for a fact that for some charter airlines they are mandatory. And they are called exactly what they look like 'follow me' cars. Even on the bill from the airport they are mentioned as 'follow me' service.

User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2121 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 7705 times:

They are used for GA planes as well. During my time at Daytona Beach Jet Center we had a Follow Me cart to be used for various occassions. One such was when my supervisor sent me out to meet an Army Huey at 'point', the farthest we could go off the apron, and bring him in to a parking spot.

It's been a long time ago, but if I remember right it was mainly used for corporate jets coming in, DoD aircraft, and during high density parking times, like the week preceding the races here at DAB.



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User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8030 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7497 times:

What's interesting is that these Follow Me vehicles are generally fairly large vehicles, mostly for visibility reasons. You definitely don't want to have a vehicle about the size of a VW Golf for this purpose, given pilots might not be able to see them in low-visibility conditions.

I wouldn't be surprised they use Renault Espace vans at CDG and ORY for this purpose.


User currently offlinePilottim From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7449 times:

I loved the "Follow me" vehicle in the movie "Always". It drove around the field by itself!

User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3705 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7433 times:
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Also used for diversions. When widebodies divert to MKE the "follow me" car always leads them to their parking spot.


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User currently offlineUAcsOKC From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7361 times:

I jumpseated a BAX plane to TOL for training a few years ago, to my surprise they had a Follow Me Tug that led us to our spot on the freight ramp. Pretty cool, as I had never actually experienced that.


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User currently offlineIberia340600 From Spain, joined Oct 2003, 804 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7260 times:

In Spain the follow me cars are used at all airports for all airline operations. All aircraft must stop before entering the ramp apron and the follow me car will direct them to either their gate or hardstand.


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User currently offlineFuturestar68 From Austria, joined May 2004, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7137 times:

Quoting RayChuang (reply 8):
You definitely don't want to have a vehicle about the size of a VW Golf for this purpose


We have VW Golf IV as follow me-car here in VIE  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineGofly From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 1727 posts, RR: 38
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7090 times:
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When I was in Faro last year, our TCX A320 followed a Vauxhall Corsa to the gate.


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User currently offlineOE-LDA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7070 times:

By the way, the correct name would be: Marshaller.

Regards, OE-LDA


User currently offlineSchooner From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7013 times:

They are also used if for instance there is "work in progress" and the taxi-way takes the aircraft fairly close to it, such as Manchester at the moment. Thought the marshaller was the bloke waving the flashing batons at the aircraft as we taxy serenely past Big grin .

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User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21798 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7001 times:

When there was a big snowstorm at JFK a few months ago, quite a few pilots requested follow-me cars to guide them to their gates because of the low visibility and the snow cover making it hard to distinguish what was the taxiway and what was not.

Not quite sure what kind of cars they used.

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User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6985 times:

In WAW the Follow Me guys guide the a/c to the stands usually, and then give them instruction when the a/c is actually taxiing on the centerline of the stand. They also dock the a/c at the gates.


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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6850 times:

PRG:

http://www.planes.cz/foto1.asp?mode=detail&id=OPORDJYW&jazyk=en

http://www.planes.cz/foto1.asp?mode=detail&id=KLAMYAQT&jazyk=en


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PED:


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DUS:

http://www.planes.cz/foto1.asp?mode=detail&id=XAWHTAON&jazyk=en

SYZ:

http://www.planes.cz/foto1.asp?mode=detail&id=VMZLQHXT&jazyk=en

note: Searching for these picture I realized how "sterile" and "dull" the a.net database is. Huge amounts of basically identical pictures taken from the same spot, same angle, the only difference is the registration.
Wouldn't it be refreshing to see more picture showing some real airport life, you know some airside action???


User currently offline252MKR From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6819 times:

The "Follow Me" cars seem to be a throw back to the 1950's.

If a pilot can not understand English to navigate airport signs, how then can he / she communicate with ATC to fly the plane? Like it, or not--ICAO language is English.



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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6808 times:

I was surprised they have one at PED. I mean you have to be one dumbass pilot if you get lost over there. PED is just an air base converted for mixed military/civilian operations. There are no gates, no jetways, one runway, one(?) taxiway. If anyone has a link to the aerial view webpage have a look yourself.

User currently offline252MKR From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6796 times:

Hey L410,

How is flying these days in the land of Kafka?

Cheers,

252



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 6617 times:

Out here,The Follow me Vehicle are Mahindra Jeeps painted Yellow with Black Stripes,having a Illuminated Board on its roof facing rear with the Red "STOP" & Yellow "FOLLOW" Illuminated depending on the Instructions to be passed on to the Aircraft following the Vehicle.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineHansieAMS From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 17 hours ago) and read 6551 times:

I would guess the follow-me cars are called Pilots , similar to the ones in sea-ports ?

A marshaller would for me be the guy with the red bats waving  Wink/being sarcastic


25 Post contains images Jmc757 : Iberia340600, thanks for that bit of info! Whenever I see these I always immediately think Spain. I see them other places, but everytime I have flown
26 Jonty : I like them, they propa bomb round airports in spain getting to aeroplanes waiting to be escorted! I know english it the international language, but t
27 OE-LDA : Wrong! The Pilots are the ones who follow the Marshaller! Regards, OE-LDA
28 GMUAirbusA320 : I definately had one guiding me when I came from STN-Girona on FR. I'm from a small town in the midwest (US), and even my airport doesn't have one of
29 Covert : Pilots actually drive the boat in the port, the guy in the follow me car doesn't touch the aircraft.
30 AAgent : Here in San Angelo, Texas (SJT) we have a "Follow Me" GOLF CART!!! Regards, AAgent
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