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A/C Names On Tarmac Near Gate  
User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

Usually on the tarmac near the gate it says the aircraft names that are equipped to park there. However, I see a lot of exceptions. Like a 767 parking in an MD-80 spot. Why is this so, and why do the people who design the airports do this if the know the rules will be broken?

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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

It has to do with the positioning of the aircraft so that the jetway will mate up perfectly with the passenger exit on the aircraft.

It's all measured out, we have numerous documents that tell us where to put aircraft "stop bars" at the various gates. There is a science to it. Considerations include: type of jetway, height of floor sill on aircraft, nearby gates, aircraft dimensions, etc.

Tom in NO (at MSY)

PS: the remark about breaking rules is pretty much a non-issue.

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User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1147 times:

I have seen a KLM 744 at Midwest Expresses Gate at MSY before.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1108 times:

Those markings where a lot more critical back when the first jetways where simply mounted to a metal pier and only could move in and out.

Now that they have those moveable jetways with the tire underneath they have a lot more flexiblity.

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2566 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1103 times:

Here at MLA Bay 1 and Bay 8 can take anything from B737 to B747, A330 and B777. There is no mention of the last three on the tarmac. But when one of these needs to be parked there, it follows a special yellow line, named 1L and 8R. Due to space constrictions, when a large jet is parked in 1L or 8R, bays 2 and 7 are unusable, and so is one of the taxiways. These rules are not written on the tarmac, but the parkers know them well.
Hope this helps

User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1088 times:

When I flew out of Kai Tak in 96 there was a Cathay Airbus parked at one gate ,the stop lines painted on the tarmac read 707,DC8,VC10 &CV990!

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