ILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 896 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?
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 874 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.
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 828 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