Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21467 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1452 times:
As far as I know, the ground crew plug their earphones into sockets at the nose gear.
I guess most planes would have several other places where you can plug in to the intercom (near service ports, loading doors...).
SUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1443 times:
We connect our headset, and talk "out" the pilot during pushback and startup of engines. If I say no to enginestart, the pilot must wait for my clearence. I'm his eyes on the ground, and therefor he he listens to me. If headset doesn't work we use handsignals instead. There is handsignals for the same thing as we say to the pilot, and these signals are international. The best thing when it comes to handle the aircraft is when it comes to talk in headset. IT'S FUN!!!! Have a great day!
Ratzz From Sweden, joined Sep 1999, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1438 times:
Almost all a/c´s have two sets of interphone jacks,one for flightdeck communications and one for service communications.
The flightdeck interphone jack´s usually situated inside the groundpower connection panel or(on widebodies and others)on the nose landing gear,adjacent to the apu fire extinguisher buttons and nosegear lockout pin assy.
This jack is used by the engineer/startleader to communicate with the flightdeck during push back/startup procedures,as well as other technical issues.
The service jack provides direct contact with the cabincrew at their designated stations throughout the cabin.
Service jacks can also be found on certain parts of the fuselage,close to the engines,wheelwells and such..these are placed there for maintenace reasons only,to enable contact between the engineer´s on the ground and on the flightdeck.
They´re only used during routine/sheduled maintenance checks/repairs.