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User currently offlineSr71 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 29 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2739 times:

Is there a signal to have a pilot turn off nose gear lights while being marshaled onto the gate.

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User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3739 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2723 times:
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The signal is cover your eyes with your hands and then giving the pilot the finger because that's what you'll be doing if an aircraft taxis in with their taxi/landing lights on.

But truthfully, I don't know if there is a hand signal. The taxi/landing lights should be off before or just after making the turn into the gate so that you do not blind the ground personnel. Plus, you don't need them if you're being marshaled into the gate.

[Edited 2004-06-13 10:02:38]

User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1564 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

You signal the pilot to stop and then hold your hand to your face as if shielding your eyes fron the sun.

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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

You signal the pilot to stop and then hold your hand to your face as if shielding your eyes fron the sun.

and if he doesn't get it by then you just drop the wands and walk away. he'll eventually understand.

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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2558 times:

A week ago, I saw a F9 A319 pulling into the gate at LAX in the morning. The pilots left the nose gear lights on, and the marshaller covered his eyes with hands and pointed at the nose gear. It took a few tries, but the captain eventually got the message.

User currently offline320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

In the army (okay, I know, not an airplane thing), we used two fingers (in a "V", not one finger on each hand  Big grin ) pointed at the eyes to indicate headlights on or off (when they were supposed to be the other). I have used it a couple of times with mixed success.

Walking away works if the pilot isn't following your signals, but doesn't help the pilot if he doesn't know his lights are on.

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