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Who Can Tow An Aircraft?  
User currently offlineNZCH From New Zealand, joined Jan 2006, 119 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6884 times:

My step dad works for Air New Zealand as an engineer in Christchurch, and on tuesday he towed an aircraft from one end of the hangar to the other by pulling it out and putting it in on the otherside of the hangar, as it had just been washed and now needed scheduled matenience. But he did not have any sort of licence for towing an aircraft. But he was under supervision from people who do. Is this aloud to happen or not?



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User currently offline777WT From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 881 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6855 times:

This question would be best asked in the Tech/Ops forum.

User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3811 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6855 times:
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Maybe he was training to do so. Usually airlines have a procedure where you must have certain training to pushback and tow airplanes. Once you have completed this training you must show that you are proficient in doing so. I am certified to pushback and tow, as well as teach others how do do so. Hope this helps you out.

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User currently offline320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6772 times:

Aircraft are towed by either engineers (AMEs / A&Ps) or rampies. There is a process to go through to become trained - it varies depending on the company. To tow an airplane on an airport, you need to be able to use the radio (in Canada, you need a radio operator licence), you need to be able to drive the tractor (local training, usually just a quick drive), and to be familiar with towing procedures. Usually that's a few trips with a supervising driver.

Once you've done that, at my company at least, you're on your own, fully qualified to move a $40 million dollar airplane, regardless of weather, taxiway condition, and hangar congestion. Don't hit anything.

Generally AMEs tow aircraft for maintenance, and rampies do push-backs.

The primary function of the design engineer is to make things difficult for the manufacturer and impossible for the AME.
User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4991 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6703 times:

It differs by airline.
At some airlines, only maintenance is allowed to use the push tugs at all, be it towing or pushing.
At mine, the ramp does everything. I work on the ramp, and I'd only been on the job for maybe three months before I was towing planes from one side of the airport to the other. It's not complicated.

The airport, as of last year now requires a separate certification to tow aircraft. I haven't needed to get one as of yet.

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8596 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6537 times:
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See this thread, lots of replies and information :

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