I agree that WN
planes seem to taxi faster than other airlines, however, isn't there a legal FAA limit as to how fast an aircraft can taxi on taxiways? Can anyone confirm this?
I don't believe that an established airline such as WN
would threaten their safety record and mindfulness of FAA regulations by constantly exceeding taxi speed limits. Perhaps WN
may taxi towards or at the limit, but not illegally.
Limits are set in place for reasons, and if it's a limit, it should be safer if it is observed. So if the limit is....say 30 knots, and WN
taxis at 30 knots, I'd believe that is fine.
I must also say it depends on how much time one is trying to keep or make, and WN
certainly has a strict schedule to follow (just consider their 20 minute or less turn-around times).
I was on an AS
737-900 flight from SEA
. The flight was delayed a little over an hour and a half (no reason was given so I unfortunately can't say why). Naturally, the crew knows that everyone has a schedule to keep and had been held up for over an hour and a half. We landed on runway 24 Left (yes Left, and not Right as usual). What was more interesting was that our downwind and final approaches were shaky, and the landing roll took us to the end of the runway (though the crew increased the thrust a bit to get us to the closest turn-off which ended up being the end of the runway). Our taxi back to Terminal 3 was QUICK.... and much appreciated by the passengers. I did not feel unsafe at all.... and I'm sure he was not breaking any legal limits.
Can anyone confirm if there is a limit on taxiing speeds in the U.S. or by ICAO?
Happy flying everyone!