contrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4887 times:
I work out of JFK and I'm pretty sure we don't have them here. Come to think of it, the only video and pictures that I ever see of them is always in airports outside the US. We have to have them here in the states.
Fly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4776 times:
Quoting contrails15 (Thread starter): I work out of JFK and I'm pretty sure we don't have them here. Come to think of it, the only video and pictures that I ever see of them is always in airports outside the US. We have to have them here in the states.
I guarantee you every major airport in the US has one or two follow me cars at the very least. Or at the very least, FOLLOW ME signs to be attached to suitable airport vehicles.
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6150 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4761 times:
At my former college haunt, our FBO used to send the FOLLOW ME car (an old 1950's army jeep with a plywood FOLLOW ME and yellow gumball light) out whenever a transient aircraft landed (and we tried to snag business from the other FBO on the field). Whether or not they followed us was entriely up to the flight crew...it was an uncontrolled field. We radioed ahead when it looked like a big plane (like King Air or jet) was going to follow us in, so the girl manning the counter could roll out the red carpet.
Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16347 posts, RR: 66 Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4587 times:
Quoting cobra27 (Reply 5): I have also seen motorcycle follow me's. I was little confused at first didn't know what to do
Follow the motorcycle?
Quoting contrails15 (Reply 6): Like I said I'm sure they have them here but almost 9 years working at JFK and I have never seen one at least thats marked FOLLOW ME. Perhaps its because its not that complicated of an airport.
Not complicated for you, but pilots do get lost there. I saw a docu where a JFK ground controller had smoke coming out of his ears. ***turns off mike*** "Now I'll try to find some airplane that knows the airport so these guys can just follow."
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots." - from Citadel by John Ringo
n901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 406 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4565 times:
When I was working a NFL Charter to DIA, the FBO sent out a Follow Me dune buggy to show us where to go. Also when we had to charter a Sourthern L-100-30 to haul 2 engines down to MEX, we made a make shift Follow Me Tug to guide them in to the hanger area to make loading easier.
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2807 posts, RR: 7 Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 4281 times:
I have a feeling that at JFK the "Follow Me" vehicles would be one of the many PANYNJ Suburbans and/or pickup trucks which have a TON of flashing yellow lights on top and can communicate w/ the tower as they handle the grounds mx so they are on taxiways and runways frequently.
"If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it"
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2081 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 4269 times:
One of my favorite moments ever was when I was 19, working at Daytona Beach's Jet Center, I was in a 'folllow me golf cart' and a Huey came in to land. I met him at the the taxi way from 25L and had a Huey 50' above and a little behind me follow me to the ramp. I will never forget that and as an aviation nut and esp since my Dad flew and still flies Hueys it was awesome.
etherealsky From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 327 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4128 times:
Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3): our FBO used to send the FOLLOW ME car (an old 1950's army jeep with a plywood FOLLOW ME and yellow gumball light) out whenever a transient aircraft landed (and we tried to snag business from the other FBO on the field)
Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 4): I won't go into details, but part of what I do involves 'patching things up' with crews who get caught up in this.
Sorry guys, I am somewhat cautious about what I post online about my work; these things have a strange habit of being used against you somehow.
Let's just say that SOME crews have a hard time accepting the fact that they were simply just playing "follow the leader". I can't blame them, usually (since there are many more important things happening when you land), but to blame others is simply unjustified.
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2081 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2667 times:
Quoting xero9 (Reply 19): Okay I scrolled through this entire thread, and I didn't see this asked, so I will bite..
What is a "Follow Me" car?
It can be any vehicle with a FOLLOW ME sign on it. Ours at DAB was a golf cart. Doesn't matter so long as its a vehicle with that sign that unfamiliar aircraft can follow to where they need to be parked.