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"Follow Me" Vehicle

Sun Sep 24, 2000 9:56 am

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Does any other airport other than Belgarde use this "follow me" vehicle. Why do they need it?
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Sun Sep 24, 2000 10:12 am

I think nearly every airport has a "follow me" vehicle but I am unsure of what there purpose is. Maybe they are there so the pilots don't need to pull out a road map of the taxiway? 
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Sun Sep 24, 2000 10:16 am

That is exactly why, sometimes there is not any info, or it is not updated....or simply the pilot is new to the airport and the taxiway layout is confusing, although I have noticed that they are used in Asia and Europe much more then in North America.
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicle

Sun Sep 24, 2000 10:33 am

i saw them when I was in Faro over the summer, but I rarely see them used here in the US.
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicle

Sun Sep 24, 2000 11:50 am

I saw a follow-me vehicle guiding my Dragonair flight just after we landed at Guilin, China. We I departed Guilin, I saw the follow-me vehicle guiding all arriving flights. Does anyone know what is the real purpose of this follow-me vehicle, as far as I could see the Guilin airport seemed very simple and straightforward to navigate.

RE: "Follow Me" Vehicle

Sun Sep 24, 2000 1:04 pm

I had to follow one at LAS the other day.

RE: "Follow Me" Vehicle

Sun Sep 24, 2000 6:05 pm

They're also sometimes used when it's simply too foggy/stormy for the aircrew to see the centreline.  
(Obviously they WILL see the flashing lights)

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Sun Sep 24, 2000 7:30 pm

The info in the pictures states that this was Swissairs first flight into Belgrade after the EU sanctions for Yugoslavia. So the pilot must have been new to the airport.

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RE: Iainhol

Mon Sep 25, 2000 4:27 am

You're not confusing it with the blue and white ones with the flashing blue lights, are you? Did they ask you to "breathe into the bag"?
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicle

Mon Sep 25, 2000 7:02 am

They are presently using "follow me" vehicles at PHX due to all the construction going on there.
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RE: "Follow Me" Vehicle

Mon Sep 25, 2000 7:06 am

They used to be used in Toronto in the winter to take aircraft to the correct de-icing pads. Don't think they are used anymore. I have seen them being used to guide construction vehicles at night around the taxiways.


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