EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9348 posts, RR: 12 Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2193 times:
Well, at American Eagle, maintenance will taxi the aircraft from the gate to the hanger if needed...Why..? Because its not in the pilots contract. When I was up in BGR, and when Eagle took over from BEX, the Eagle flight crews would just leave the plane at the gate and MX would have to taxi if over to the hanger. The funny part about it was......The crews would then have to walk over to the hanger to get their car...!!!
It's also not as 'cool' as you would think it is. At a busy airport you have a lot going on around you and a lot to look out for....all the while operating a several million dollar piece of company asset.
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
Erj-145mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 306 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2093 times:
On the plus side, we get $1/hr premium for "run/taxi" qualification. That works out to about $2,080/yr, not exactly chicken feed, for driving an airplane around the airport. At IAH, the company uses mini super tugs to re-position the international ERJ arrivals from the customs ramp to the gate. They used to pay the crews 45 minutes for an international reposition, 30 minutes for a domestic repo.
Atlamt From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 240 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2019 times:
We taxi all the time. With both engines running. A lot of repairs need an engine run to confirm a fix. If it calls for more than an idle run we taxi the plane to the run-up area where we can take the engines to takeoff power.
Most of the planes going to the hangar are towed by supertug if it's available.
NKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1983 times:
---"At ORD towing aircraft from the terminal to the hanger is not allowed unless there is something preventing the aircraft from taxiing safely."
Same thing at CLT. We do lots and lots of it. Taxi rather than tow, unless the plane is mechanically unfit, due to the fact an active runway must be crossed and a slow moving plane under tow would screw up the fluidity of ground movements on taxiways in general.
B747Skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1993 times:
Oh, as pilots (hardly ever happens) we do not mind taxi airplanes for maintenance.
By being called from home or hotel to go to airport, we get credit for 3 hours flying.
With Aerolineas Argentinas we have two dozens of mechanics fully qualified to taxi airplanes.
We sometimes get these guys in simulators to qualify them to run the systems correctly.
Some can taxi all types, some can only do certain type of aircraft.
The only thing they cannot do is high speed runs on the runway - for that they need a pilot.
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3434 posts, RR: 49 Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1931 times:
When, for instance, AA sends a 777 to the hangar at DFW for maintenance, is a pilot recruited to "drive" it there?
Normally, no. Requires a complete flight plan (same as an actual flight) for an AA pilot to taxi an AA aircraft.
How does the pilot feel about such an inconvienence?
Everybody is different. An AA pilot will be paid flight pay as if it was an actual flight [i.e. "out-to-in"] with a minimum 2 hours "call-out" pay if he is called out while on reserve status. For me the 2-hr. minimum makes the frustrating (SoCal traffic) trip to the airport only slightly less so.
*NO CARRIER* -- A Naval Aviator's worst nightmare!
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3434 posts, RR: 49 Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1896 times:
Hey EMBQA, is there any way through here to E-Mail you?
Click on User Profile...
Under E-mail click on contact
That should open an airliners.net email program allowing you to type an email to the user while protecting the user's email address --seemed to work everytime I've used it.
If you see withheld then the answer to your question is... NO.
*NO CARRIER* -- A Naval Aviator's worst nightmare!
Erj-145mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 306 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1831 times:
From United States, joined Dec 2002, 72 posts, RR: 0
Posted Wed Dec 3 2003 18:50:01 UTC+1 and read 139 times:
On the plus side, we get $1/hr premium for "run/taxi" qualification.
Airplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 days ago) and read 1627 times:
Well at the airline I work for, the mechanics take off and fly the airplanes to the hangar...and then work on the engines WHILE they are running...in the air. Of course we don't fly too high during maintenance. Nobody wants to get hurt if we fall off the wing or something...
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3377 posts, RR: 9 Reply 25, posted (10 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1587 times:
The only things going from terminal to hangar here are Air North planes. They have this funky loader thats rigged up for towing a/c for that last i seen. Sometimes they use this, and other times they just hop in fire up n engine and taxi over.