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User currently offlineDon81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2354 times:

TOM BRADLEY INTL TERM GATES: ALL ARR WIDEBODY ACFT SHUT DOWN ENGINES ON TWY ADJACENT TO GATE AND TOW ONTO GATE.

What is the reason for all wide bodies at TBIT to be towed to the gate?


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User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day ago) and read 2337 times:



Quoting Don81603 (Thread starter):
What is the reason for all wide bodies at TBIT to be towed to the gate?

My guess is that there isn't enough room between concourses for the heavies to turn into gates without blowing the ramp on the other concourse across the alleyway, well away. Detroit Metro had this same rule when NW operated out of the C concourse over at the Smith terminal. If you were parking at the end B gates, you had to shut down prior to docking at the gate for the jetblast for a sharp turn into like B10 (for those familiar with metro).

XJR



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day ago) and read 2324 times:

Looks like Span clearence issues or close proximity to ground equipment at that gate.
Hence as a precaution better to tow in than taxi.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4865 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 2290 times:



Quoting Don81603 (Thread starter):
TOM BRADLEY INTL TERM GATES: ALL ARR WIDEBODY ACFT SHUT DOWN ENGINES ON TWY ADJACENT TO GATE AND TOW ONTO GATE.

What is the reason for all wide bodies at TBIT to be towed to the gate?

Have you ever arrived into TBIT on a 747 or other large WB? It is a very tight fit!! and also there are the jetwash issues/



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 2249 times:

Tow in is required for two reasons -- wingspan clearance -- lots of 747-400s on gates, and jet blast mitigation to adjacent terminal 3 and 4 which use common alley with TBIT -- over the years AA, Alaska etc have had their share of dinged up planes having ground service equipment of containers pushed into them.


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User currently offlineDon81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 2216 times:



Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 3):
Have you ever arrived into TBIT on a 747 or other large WB

I only arrived at TBIT once, and to be honest, I was so wiped out and jetlagged, I barely recall it.



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User currently offlineMark5388916 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2185 times:



Quoting Don81603 (Reply 5):

Don't blame ya, been there as well. Seeing me in an A343 taxiing out as a B773ER taxi in, it gets VERY tight.

Mark



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