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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:58 am

I see these vehicles at airports, what are the for and what are they called?


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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:19 am

They are to guide aircraft to/from a parking location if the pilot is not familiar with the airport.

At some airports they have the call sign "Follow Me-1", "2", etc. Here at DFW, when we provide follow me services, the call signs will be "Port-110", "111", etc.
 
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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:29 am

These "Follow Me" cars are very common here in Europe but I never saw them in the USA (at least not in the typical black/yellow design):


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As KC135TopBoom wrote in reply #1, they are leading the planes to the gate/parking position when the pilot is not familar with the airport he just landed at (I experienced very often that "my" plane was following such a car when I arrived at DUS on a non German airline like TU, AZ, etc.).

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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:46 am

Thanks.

I seen one at PIT last year at an airshow, I assumed that is what they're for, but wasn't sure.
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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 10:14 am

They're often used during low visibilities when it can be hard to find your way to the gate.

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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:30 pm

My understanding is that they're for pilots who are not proficient enough in English to understand the signage. I saw one of these vehicles at SEA a while ago guidiing an Aeroflot plane to the cargo area.
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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:44 pm

Follow me planes can be requested by an airline for pilots unfamiliar with an airport. I know for a fact that for some charter airlines they are mandatory. And they are called exactly what they look like 'follow me' cars. Even on the bill from the airport they are mentioned as 'follow me' service.
 
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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:55 pm

They are used for GA planes as well. During my time at Daytona Beach Jet Center we had a Follow Me cart to be used for various occassions. One such was when my supervisor sent me out to meet an Army Huey at 'point', the farthest we could go off the apron, and bring him in to a parking spot.

It's been a long time ago, but if I remember right it was mainly used for corporate jets coming in, DoD aircraft, and during high density parking times, like the week preceding the races here at DAB.
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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:15 am

What's interesting is that these Follow Me vehicles are generally fairly large vehicles, mostly for visibility reasons. You definitely don't want to have a vehicle about the size of a VW Golf for this purpose, given pilots might not be able to see them in low-visibility conditions.

I wouldn't be surprised they use Renault Espace vans at CDG and ORY for this purpose.
 
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Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:48 am

I loved the "Follow me" vehicle in the movie "Always". It drove around the field by itself!
 
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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:52 am

Also used for diversions. When widebodies divert to MKE the "follow me" car always leads them to their parking spot.
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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:36 am

I jumpseated a BAX plane to TOL for training a few years ago, to my surprise they had a Follow Me Tug that led us to our spot on the freight ramp. Pretty cool, as I had never actually experienced that.
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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 3:09 am

In Spain the follow me cars are used at all airports for all airline operations. All aircraft must stop before entering the ramp apron and the follow me car will direct them to either their gate or hardstand.
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"Follow Me" vehicles at airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 5:02 am

Quoting RayChuang (reply 8):
You definitely don't want to have a vehicle about the size of a VW Golf for this purpose


We have VW Golf IV as follow me-car here in VIE  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 5:30 am

When I was in Faro last year, our TCX A320 followed a Vauxhall Corsa to the gate.
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Wed Mar 02, 2005 5:34 am

By the way, the correct name would be: Marshaller.

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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 5:52 am

They are also used if for instance there is "work in progress" and the taxi-way takes the aircraft fairly close to it, such as Manchester at the moment. Thought the marshaller was the bloke waving the flashing batons at the aircraft as we taxy serenely past Big grin .

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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 5:58 am

When there was a big snowstorm at JFK a few months ago, quite a few pilots requested follow-me cars to guide them to their gates because of the low visibility and the snow cover making it hard to distinguish what was the taxiway and what was not.

Not quite sure what kind of cars they used.

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Wed Mar 02, 2005 6:04 am

In WAW the Follow Me guys guide the a/c to the stands usually, and then give them instruction when the a/c is actually taxiing on the centerline of the stand. They also dock the a/c at the gates.
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Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:16 am

PRG:

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http://www.planes.cz/foto1.asp?mode=detail&id=KLAMYAQT&jazyk=en


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DUS:

http://www.planes.cz/foto1.asp?mode=detail&id=XAWHTAON&jazyk=en

SYZ:

http://www.planes.cz/foto1.asp?mode=detail&id=VMZLQHXT&jazyk=en

note: Searching for these picture I realized how "sterile" and "dull" the a.net database is. Huge amounts of basically identical pictures taken from the same spot, same angle, the only difference is the registration.
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:29 am

The "Follow Me" cars seem to be a throw back to the 1950's.

If a pilot can not understand English to navigate airport signs, how then can he / she communicate with ATC to fly the plane? Like it, or not--ICAO language is English.
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:37 am

I was surprised they have one at PED. I mean you have to be one dumbass pilot if you get lost over there. PED is just an air base converted for mixed military/civilian operations. There are no gates, no jetways, one runway, one(?) taxiway. If anyone has a link to the aerial view webpage have a look yourself.
 
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:44 am

Hey L410,

How is flying these days in the land of Kafka?

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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 7:23 pm

Out here,The Follow me Vehicle are Mahindra Jeeps painted Yellow with Black Stripes,having a Illuminated Board on its roof facing rear with the Red "STOP" & Yellow "FOLLOW" Illuminated depending on the Instructions to be passed on to the Aircraft following the Vehicle.
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 9:57 pm

I would guess the follow-me cars are called Pilots , similar to the ones in sea-ports ?

A marshaller would for me be the guy with the red bats waving  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 11:26 pm

Iberia340600, thanks for that bit of info! Whenever I see these I always immediately think Spain. I see them other places, but everytime I have flown into Spain these are always used - now I know why Big grin
 
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 11:40 pm

I like them, they propa bomb round airports in spain getting to aeroplanes waiting to be escorted! I know english it the international language, but theses guys have sigame written on the back of them!
 
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:01 am

Quoting HansieAMS (reply 24):
I would guess the follow-me cars are called Pilots , similar to the ones in sea-ports ?


Wrong! The Pilots are the ones who follow the Marshaller!

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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:51 am

I definately had one guiding me when I came from STN-Girona on FR. I'm from a small town in the midwest (US), and even my airport doesn't have one of those. I was definately suprised to see one in use. Working at IAD for almost 2 years and seeing this was laughable, but cool.
 
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:01 am

Quoting HansieAMS (reply 24):

Pilots actually drive the boat in the port, the guy in the follow me car doesn't touch the aircraft.
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicles At Airports?

Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:57 am

Here in San Angelo, Texas (SJT) we have a "Follow Me" GOLF CART!!!

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