Ydna_anderson From Philippines, joined Jun 2001, 41 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1299 times:
how does the pilot of a big airliner follow the centerline in taxiing? would he be just looking out the window and follow the lines or is there a camera of some sort in which he can monitor?
thanks a lot
Junior From Switzerland, joined Apr 2001, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1250 times:
Every taxi way and Apron have (normally) yellow taxi guide lines. As long as you're going straight, it's no big deal to keep the aircraft centered on the line. Problem starts in tight turns (eg. in JFK). There you can't follow the line any more like this. It's like driving a long truck. If you would follow the line, the turn would be too tight and you'll end up dragging your mainwheels through the gras inside the curve.
The longer the plane, the more you have to watch out. The A340-600 has 2 taxi cams that deliver their picture to 2 screens in the cockpit to assist you taxiing. I think one if the 777 models uses the same aid.
Air2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1243 times:
Actually in a lot of small airports, and some larger ones, there are no taxi center lines, just edge lines or blue edge lights at night. I first encountered this here at SDF after moving in from JFK and LGA. Kinda un-nerving taxiing a jumbo without a center line. With all the re-construction here at SDF that has been taken care of, center lines every where.