Pilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9 Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2388 times:
And by GSE, I mean Ground Support Equipment.
I was in ATL on Tuesday and sat at my usual spot in the food court in Terminal B. With a good overview of Ramp 2, I listened to the ramp controller and watched his puppet show. Plenty of good moves, and enough laughs to make the time pass by. The other interesting thing of this spot is watching the ground equipment move about at the intersections. Even more laughs out of them. As I was watching them I noticed that all the tugs had an ID on them. I'm not talking about the equipment number, I'm talking about the letters. Usually located on either side of the front, and then also either side of the back. Here is what I spotted:
the most common letters...
BR (sometimes in combination with DOM)
z-numbers: (these were the letter Z with a superscript of a number to the right of it)
7z (a 7 with a superscript of a Z)
Also there were a few that said PIER and then a number.
So basically you can figure out the question: what do these all mean?
Bagroom, Delta North; and Pier is in reference to the baggage system under landside. I was with ASA for my time in ATL and the way we labeled was simply with numbers. Then tugs assigned to the ramp had concourse letters on it, the peir said peir, that's it. I have no idea what the rest of the letters meant as this is Delta's system.
FlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7441 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2330 times:
Quoting Pilotboi (Reply 2): So is that where the tugs are supposed to be based out of?
Yeah you can say that. They are only supposed to be used by rampers assigned to those areas for that part of the operation.
Quoting Pilotboi (Reply 2): I was under the impression that anyone could use any tug (for their company) for any purpose.
No no no! LOL, j/k. That is a big problem in the ramp rat world, especially in hubs. It sucks when you come to work 15 minutes before your shift to secure a good tug and some guy from one of the concourses comes into the bag room and takes one of the tugs. That's a big no no. And usually, the bag room tugs were faster anyway. The GSE guys would turn the regulator on them up all the way so they were pretty fast. So we would have to drive around the ramp trying to find our tugs and steal them back.