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User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 9
Posted (15 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4908 times:

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Does any other airport other than Belgarde use this "follow me" vehicle. Why do they need it?

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User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4846 times:

I think nearly every airport has a "follow me" vehicle but I am unsure of what there purpose is. Maybe they are there so the pilots don't need to pull out a road map of the taxiway? 

User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3803 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4840 times:

That is exactly why, sometimes there is not any info, or it is not updated....or simply the pilot is new to the airport and the taxiway layout is confusing, although I have noticed that they are used in Asia and Europe much more then in North America.

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User currently offlineAa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4833 times:

i saw them when I was in Faro over the summer, but I rarely see them used here in the US.

User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4808 times:

I saw a follow-me vehicle guiding my Dragonair flight just after we landed at Guilin, China. We I departed Guilin, I saw the follow-me vehicle guiding all arriving flights. Does anyone know what is the real purpose of this follow-me vehicle, as far as I could see the Guilin airport seemed very simple and straightforward to navigate.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4790 times:

I had to follow one at LAS the other day.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4759 times:

They're also sometimes used when it's simply too foggy/stormy for the aircrew to see the centreline.  
(Obviously they WILL see the flashing lights)

User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (15 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4736 times:

The info in the pictures states that this was Swissairs first flight into Belgrade after the EU sanctions for Yugoslavia. So the pilot must have been new to the airport.


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9633 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (15 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4694 times:

You're not confusing it with the blue and white ones with the flashing blue lights, are you? Did they ask you to "breathe into the bag"?

User currently offlineCrjmech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 260 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (15 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4675 times:

They are presently using "follow me" vehicles at PHX due to all the construction going on there.

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User currently offlineDvmpaunch From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (15 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4674 times:

They used to be used in Toronto in the winter to take aircraft to the correct de-icing pads. Don't think they are used anymore. I have seen them being used to guide construction vehicles at night around the taxiways.


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