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User currently offlinecontrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5122 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.


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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5011 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.


User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5009 times:

Quoting contrails15 (Thread starter):
I work out of JFK and I'm pretty sure we don't have them here.

Considering some of the recordings of JFK ground, I have to imagine that they have them just in case.



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6346 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4996 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.


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User currently offlineAirportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4984 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):
(and we tried to snag business from the other FBO on the field)

So you used to be involved in this shady business....mmmm

I won't go into details, but part of what I do involves 'patching things up' with crews who get caught up in this.

Either way, I guess you have to do what you have to do to survive nowadays   



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User currently offlinecobra27 From Slovenia, joined May 2001, 1009 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4924 times:

I have also seen motorcycle follow me's. I was little confused at first didn't know what to do

User currently offlinecontrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4847 times:

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.


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17003 posts, RR: 67
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4822 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."



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User currently onlinen901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 457 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4800 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.

User currently offlinebri2k1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 988 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4683 times:

I see them more often at airports serving more GA. The major carriers don't tend to change which airports they operate into as quickly or as often, making follow me cars less necessary.


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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2878 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4516 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.

Just my   



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2098 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4504 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.


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User currently offlinemmedford From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 561 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4448 times:

The Pick-ups that Port has, have extending arms that contain lights. They are used as follow me vehicles...

They are commonly used to direct foreign nationals...



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User currently offlineetherealsky From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4363 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)

Hahaha

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.

Go on...    (now that you've got us interested)



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User currently offlineetherealsky From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4363 times:

edit: yikes, double post...

[Edited 2010-08-09 19:23:44]


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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6346 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4294 times:

Quoting etherealsky (Reply 13):
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.

Go on... (now that you've got us interested)

Yes, please do spill the beans here...   

Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 4):
So you used to be involved in this shady business....

Hey, I was young and innocent...    I just did what the boss said to do.

Besides if you read below the big "FOLLOW ME", below it it said "...to (insert the name of our FBO)"  



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User currently offlinegc2 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3692 times:

We provide a Follow Me as part of our Airfield Ops duties at STN, usually for unfamiliar aircraft, sometimes as a requirement for certain parts of the airfield or code F aircraft.

User currently offlineAirportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3352 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 15):
Yes, please do spill the beans here...

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.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3044 times:

I'd be surprised if any Airport does not have a follow me vehicle at the Airside.

regds
MEL.



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User currently offlinexero9 From Canada, joined Feb 2007, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2952 times:

Okay I scrolled through this entire thread, and I didn't see this asked, so I will bite..

What is a "Follow Me" car?


User currently offlineB6A322 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

Its a big yellow car with flashing lights on it and a sign that says "follow me" on the roof, but that's not important right now...


---

But in all seriousness, basically, if an aircraft is unfamiliar with an airport's layout, they can follow a ground vehicle which will guide them to the gate or parking position.

[Edited 2010-08-25 20:18:12]


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User currently offlinexero9 From Canada, joined Feb 2007, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2937 times:

Ah that make sense. I don't know why I couldn't figure that out on my own.

I guess this is one of those cases where there ARE stupid questions  

Thanks B6!


User currently offlineB6A322 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2935 times:

Quoting xero9 (Reply 21):
I guess this is one of those cases where there ARE stupid questions

Its never a stupid question if you learn something. (that's my view anyway)
My pleasure.



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2098 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2902 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.  



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User currently offlineairbuster From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

Hannover airport in Germany has or at least HAD a Porsche Cayman as a Follow me....how about that!


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25 Post contains images AKiss20 :
26 Daleaholic : Here at MAN our 'follow me' vehicles are the Airfield operations guys... or Marshallers if you like. They make sure everything is in order on the airf
27 WrenchBender : "Follow Me" service is the bread and butter of my job, we take all visiting aircraft to parking with F-M trucks (ford ranger pickups) were a marshalle
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