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User currently offlineNishanth From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

How do the pilots in the cockpit communicate with the ground crew before and after pushback. Do they tune into certain frequencies? Thanks.


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User currently offlineFBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

No,we communicate with the ground crew/mech. via the intercom system.
Should this be inoperative for some reason,there are hand signals to be used from the cockpit window.
Such as :  Big thumbs up

"Luck and superstition wins all the time"!
User currently offlineNishanth From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2346 times:

How does it work?

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21652 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2346 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...).

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

I have only seen one aircraft with more then one plug in.

That was the Lockheed 188.

There was one at the nose and a second one with the connect port on the bottom of the aft fuselage where the air-start cart plugged in.

I assume that one was so the flight crew could tell that operator to hit the air.

User currently offlineSUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4169 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2337 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!

When in doubt, flat out!
User currently offlineRatzz From Sweden, joined Sep 1999, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2332 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.

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