User avatar
Topic Author
Posts: 30007
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:05 pm

Circular Path Taxi Line

Fri Dec 31, 2004 3:26 am

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Krzysztof Skowronski [epwa_spotters]

Why is there a circular taxi path line prior to the Straight line for the BA A319.
Is that the position the Aircraft will need t be pushed back to,prior to Engine start.
I may not win often, but I damn well never lose!!! ;)
Posts: 1502
Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2002 8:27 am

RE: Circular Path Taxi Line

Fri Dec 31, 2004 2:38 pm

It looks like there are arrows pointing toward the gate. I would imagine it is to give guidance to inbound aircraft that are not taxiing straight in to the gates.

If you notice Lufthansa next gate over is loosely following the circular guidance on the way to parking.

Next time I'm in WAW, I'll ask someone!TC
FL450, M.85
Posts: 121
Joined: Tue Aug 31, 2004 12:02 am

RE: Circular Path Taxi Line

Fri Dec 31, 2004 2:46 pm

I don't know for sure but maybe it is because aircraft can taxi in from both directions, therefore the need for two lines to follow.
Posts: 3371
Joined: Sun Mar 28, 2004 6:06 pm

RE: Circular Path Taxi Line

Fri Dec 31, 2004 2:57 pm

One is for the left turn into the gate from the ramp, the other is for a right turn into the gate from the ramp.
Fly fast, live slow
Posts: 121
Joined: Tue Aug 31, 2004 12:02 am

RE: Circular Path Taxi Line

Fri Dec 31, 2004 3:12 pm

Thanks phil, you said it a lot clearer than I in my post.
Posts: 2987
Joined: Mon Dec 22, 2003 11:23 am

RE: Circular Path Taxi Line

Fri Dec 31, 2004 3:27 pm

It is ineed for making the turn and ending up dead on the line for the ground crew to guide the a/c into the gate. I haven't seen this before in US Domestic terminals but at SFO's International terminal they do have these. My guess is that it's for a/c in tight areas where the chance of clipping a wing is high but then again you'd think the chance of that happening would be high at any gate with any a/c of any size!

Thanks again.


When I looked at it a circle wasn't the first thing that came to my mind  Big grin
"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos