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Tarmac Writing!

Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:04 pm

Hi Guys,

If you look at the writing underneath the nose wheel of the B737,you will see MD80 and A318 are written straight but the "B737" and the "AIRBUS" are written in a mirror effect. Any idea as to why?


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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:06 pm

I think that it is for the marshallers/pilot to align with the airbridge.
 
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:13 pm

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 1):
I think that it is for the marshallers/pilot to align with the airbridge.

Ofcourse...its for the Aerobridge pilot using the mirror..Duh...thanx for clearing that up Bennett.

Guess its a slow brain day for me..
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:02 am

Why is the MD80 / A318 not written in mirror effect?
 
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:54 am

Why does it say AIRBUS at all really? The other 3 are type specific, but the word "Airbus" is just the name of a manufacturer. Weird.
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Sun Jul 30, 2006 4:25 am

Quoting Legion242 (Reply 4):
Why does it say AIRBUS at all really? The other 3 are type specific, but the word "Airbus" is just the name of a manufacturer. Weird.

The line points to 'Airbus,' but under it is 'A318,' which probable means that since this is at a European airport, they want to show a 'superiority complex' and have only the local brand name spelled out in full. :P
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Sun Jul 30, 2006 5:38 am

The city of ABQ painted our stop marks at a gate one time and they accidentally used the stencils in reverse. That may be the case here, before the photo was taken. And may have been corrected shortly after. As for one stop point for the Airbus? It is possible this gate can accommodate all a/c types. However it does say Airbus A318, and it is in the proper spot relevant to the gate position and the other a/c spots. The A318 engines are quite close to the forward door, so in order to avoid striking the jetway the a/c must be stopped short, and the jetway moved into position.
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Sun Jul 30, 2006 7:42 am

bit silly as you say.

Airbus A318,

effectively saying Airbus Airbus 318.
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:22 am

I have seen the markings at JFK, instead of Concorde thwy just use SST
 
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:25 am

Quoting Qslinger (Reply 2):

Ofcourse...its for the Aerobridge pilot using the mirror..Duh...thanx for clearing that up Bennett.

Why would he need to know that? It's the marshaller who has to stop the plane on the hash, the jetway driver just pulls up to the door.
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Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:42 am

Quoting XXXX10 (Reply 8):
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Sun Jul 30, 2006 10:11 am

A lot of European cities do not use a marshaller at all, just someone to stop the aircraft in case of emergency. I have seen in many cities where there will be a mirror placed on the terminal or under the jetbridge, where the captain will watch the mirror for his nose tires to come up the lead-in line and stop at the appropriate stop-bar. With the markings painted backwards, it makes it easier for the pilot to see the correct stop-bar.
 
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Sun Jul 30, 2006 11:04 am

Quoting Cessna157 (Reply 11):

Actually, that makes the most sense. Im guessing the mirror is off to the left, as you view the picture, so the pilot can see the lettering correctly. If the mirror was on the right, as you view the pic, the nose would most likely obstruct the lettering.


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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Sun Jul 30, 2006 6:04 pm

Quoting Cessna157 (Reply 11):

Still doesn't give a good answer to why all text isn't mirrored, and why is it mirrored on both sides of the centerline, the mirror is only on the jetway side.
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Tue Aug 01, 2006 2:43 am

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 9):
Why would he need to know that? It's the marshaller who has to stop the plane on the hash, the jetway driver just pulls up to the door.

True too I guess..but the quest for the right answer continues..Why not all be written in mirror effect?
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:17 am

This picture is a few years old, the stand is 211 (was F11) at T2 LHR, this stand is right outside my restroom, these markings had not long been re-painted and we soon noticed the mistakes mentioned, it turned out that the MD80 stencil was upside down at the time, it would read WD80 in the mirror.

Quoting Legion242 (Reply 4):
Why does it say AIRBUS at all really

The only Airbus types that can park on this stand are A318/319/320, at the time of this photo AF had just started operating the A318 into LHR and the A318 was added, why I do not know because they all stop on the same mark.
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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:17 pm

Quoting Qslinger (Reply 14):
True too I guess..but the quest for the right answer continues..Why not all be written in mirror effect?

On some stands at MAN, we have to mirror, one which is a mirror, and one which is a mirror reversed, so the text on the floor can be seen perfectly.

Remember aircraft are towed onto stand as well, so the towing team know where to stop the aircraft, so the air bridge can be placed on.

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RE: Tarmac Writing!

Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:29 am

My theory is it's either of the following;
- 737, Airbus etc. use mirrors to park while MD-80 don't
- the painters probably put some stencils in reserve as on other airports I always saw it painted properly
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