I flew IAH-PHX tonight and after the landing we seemed to be taxiing very fast to our gate.. which I was grateful for as it was on the other side of the airport, but it made me wonder.. is their a taxi speed limit at the airport, if so what is it? And if not.. on average, how fast do planes actually move when they're taxiing? I have always wondered.. it's hard to tell ground speed sometimes when you're sitting higher up in the plane. Thanks in advance for your replies.
***"For WN pilots, max taxi speed equals V1 minus 10kts"***
I absolutely have to agree with that. There is nothing wrong with that or anything, but yes, 90% of the times WN planes are taxiing like theres no tommorow .
Comming back to the topic..... ur plane was cleared for a high speed taxi, which the pilot can request, or atc may tell the pilot to do so to expedite of the runway etc. Here at Sfo we have a couple of "high speed" taxiways.
Quoting Soaringadi (Reply 4): ..... ur plane was cleared for a high speed taxi, which the pilot can request, or atc may tell the pilot to do so to expedite of the runway etc. Here at Sfo we have a couple of "high speed" taxiways.
I believe the "high speed" taxiways you are referring to are the angled exit taxiways from the runway. Most big airports have these so traffic may exit the runway at a speed greater than it could by making a 90 degree turn. Most bigger planes have max taxi speeds that were talked about in a similar post. Eg. the MD-11 has a limit of 15kts in a 45 deg. turn and 10 kts in a 90 deg. turn. If you check the Jepp 10-9 airport diagram for SFO there are no references to high speed taxi ways and in fact there is a note restricting 747-400 a/c to speeds of less than 10kts in some areas and less than 5kts when passing other 747-400 on taxiway A & B. Most co.s have a policy on safe taxi speeds but there are always a few "hotdogs".
Last summer I flew on an AZ ATR72 from Nice to Rome, and after landing (plane was about an hour late) we took one of those high-speed taxiways, but the pilot did what he promised us before take-off ("bring you to Rome as fast as possible"), the consequence was that a F/A clapped against the cockpit door, then the pilot started taxiing quite "normal"