Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2786 posts, RR: 9 Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2960 times:
I've seen several photos of ramp crew workers who are standing near the nose of an airliner while holding onto a red/orange 3 wheel cart that looks like it's got a bottle/tank of some sort on it .... or nothing at all.
Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2786 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2849 times:
Yeah, so am I.
I'm a former ramp rat! I had a fantastic job back in the late 1980s - early 1990s working for a Corporate Jet FBO at Toronto's International Airport (YYZ), and I never used, or even seen a cart like that on my ramp or the other FBO ramps around me.
Therefore, I suspect it's something that ramp guys servicing airliner jets that are loaded with the public need to have close by.
Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2786 posts, RR: 9 Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2822 times:
>> Okie & Klaus, Thanks for your replies.
You both mentioned that it's a wheel chock dolly, and that makes perfect sense to me.
It looks like these carts are used to carry other equipment as well.
When I worked on the ramp for a Bizjet FBO at Toronto's YYZ, the largest aircraft that were base on the ramp were 2 Convair 580's. For these large jetprops, us ramp rats used a bunch of wooden 4x4's that were painted bright orange. We'd carry them on the front of our tugs and then just rest them on our shoulders before chocking the nose gear and main gear.
During the winter, after snowplowing the ramp clean, us ramp workers would find these bright orange wheel chocks in some pretty strange places.
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3117 posts, RR: 11 Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2813 times:
The chock dolly makes perfect sense. We have some at my FBO that weigh about 50lbs a piece. I'm short, and these are about two feet long. We usually toss them on a tug when parking an aircraft in a remote spot. I could see how having something like that dolly at a gate where you are frequently removing chocks and turning aircraft would come in handy.
Mikeclod From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 272 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2758 times:
I too think it is probably a chock cart. Just a side note, but fire bottles near the aircraft during startup aren't there to put the fire out, they're there to clear a lane for the crew to escape through. Or passengers I suppose, I work cargo, so I usually don't think about the needs of "self-loading cargo".
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29513 posts, RR: 59 Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2747 times:
The fire bottle at the NLG is mainly for show,
It had a purpose when they where flying DC-6's or other radials, where you could shoot a stream of Carbon Dioxide into an open cowl flap to put out a fire on start up, which was possible since they leak oil like crazy.
But there is generally no way to access a fire under a cowling of a jet motor to put it out.
If a fire starts, that portable bottle would be about as effective as a box of baking soda.
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ATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2093 posts, RR: 39 Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2691 times:
I believe thats a battry-run intercom unit. We dont use em here in PIT but ive seen em in use at Logan before. Notice the headset connected to the unit, then into the Flight-Intercomm in the nose. Most likely thats an an airport where they done need pushbacks or the pushback has already taken place. The lead agent would be talking to the crew and they would either be starting their engines/APU ir might be doing a "hydralic dump". Hope this helps.
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Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17282 posts, RR: 51 Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2678 times:
What type of sissys are we training to be ramp rats these days?
In my day, the job expectation was to lift 75lbs repeatedly.
And we had to carry chocks to the airplane, in snow sleet and hail, uphill both directions.
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That's the first time I've seen those types of carts, having worked for two airlines we never had such a luxury item. At FL, we kept the chocks close by, usually outside of the containment zone (unless the lazy ramp rat that pulled them earlier was lazy) that way we could quickly chock the a/c. At ASA, we usually put the chocks on the lid of the pushback unit (as the marshaller usually stood on the deck lid of it to marshal the a/c in on the straight in parking spots).