Requesting Pushback?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 4:26 am

how do airliner pilots request pushback? do they contact Ramp Control like in ATL or do they contact ground control? also, after pushback do they contact ground and say ex. "US Air 6969 at the terminal with information ******* ready for taxi?"
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RE: Requesting Pushback?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 4:30 am

Here at Heathrow, they contact the ground controller that is responsible for their section of the airfield.



RE: Requesting Pushback?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 5:17 am

Here in Phoenix they contact ground on either North or South ground control depending on their location as well,

Example: "Ground, Cactus 7453 at gate A24, request pushback clearance"
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RE: Requesting Pushback?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 8:49 am

At atlanta they do contact ramp control.. that is a pretty unique situation though... usually it is the ground control responsible for your portion of the airport- generally being north or south ground control, or at tiny tallahassee airport just ground.
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RE: Requesting Pushback?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 9:05 am

At Newark Int'l I used to work in UA operations. The airline company controlled pushbacks and the crews advised ground control when they were ready to taxi. UA ops also controlled pushbacks from gates 20-22 on the other side of the "alley". Those gates belonged first to USairways, then CO and Air Canada. It is strange but sometimes one airline will be responsible for pushbacks for another airline. In Laguardia, AA used to, and may still, control the pushbacks of UA.
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Sun Jul 29, 2001 9:14 am


RE: Requesting Pushback?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 9:28 am

It all depends like UA at LAX have ramp tower as they are pushing back into their own concourse, however if they push back to the taxiway they have to contact ground. I guess they can control what happends behind the yellow line but if they cross it they need to talk to ground.
G-ELDG Tower is usually refered to the chap controlling the runways, I think you are refering to ground. About being ready for departure that is your call when you are holding short the runway, and ready to go screaming down it.
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RE: Requesting Pushback?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 3:32 pm

Here at ARN the pilots radio either "ground north or ground south"pending on gate,for p/u clearance.

Ground control´s also called for taxi...when an aircraft reaches a certain point on the taxiway,the pilots are told to switch to tower freq.for lineup/takeoff clearance.
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RE: Requesting Pushback?

Tue Jul 31, 2001 6:41 am

Here at North Perry(HWO) we contact CTAF when tower is out.
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RE: Requesting Pushback?

Tue Jul 31, 2001 6:49 am

I agree with Atlas Air, because at Everglades City (x01) we just push it back by hand and contact CTAF using our hand held, and hope that the batteries are still working.

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RE: Requesting Pushback?

Wed Aug 01, 2001 5:26 am

At the smaller airports the a/c will initially contact the tower for clearance as they do not always have a ground frequency. Larger ports will need a ground controller due to the number of movements
Initial contact will normally be as follows- 'BCS**** on stand 101 request pushback and start clearance'
When given clearance the flt crew will contact the headset operative saying that they have clearance to push and brakes are set/released.

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RE: Requesting Pushback?

Wed Aug 01, 2001 1:28 pm

"Ground, Cathay two five zero, Mike twenty six, are we cleared for push? Cathay two five zero push back is approved. Clear to Push Cathay two five zero."
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RE: Requesting Pushback?

Thu Aug 02, 2001 12:01 am

At my home airports (SFO, OAK, SNA, LAX) you'll hear something like:

"Delta 219 heavy, request pushback, charlie forty-one."

The controller will most likely approve the request and then:

"Delta 219 heavy, taxi, please."
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RE: Requesting Pushback?

Fri Aug 03, 2001 5:00 pm

Requesting pushback most likely depends on the situation that the aircraft(s) are in.

For a simple airport - say, a class C, or D airport like BNA or PHF respectively, you would just have to call ground on the appropriate frequency and request for a pushback, since the taxiways are past the active movement area boundary.

For a more complex airport, mostly class B, there would be seperate ground and ramp control frequncies.

at ATL, for example, each concourse has a "tower" that gives them their clearances, and synchronizes the pushbacks with the neighboring concourse, so as to avoid a conflict (which is a not a good thing at a class B, since it is best to keep moving). in PHX, HP has a ramp tower all their own to synchronize their arrivals, departures and the such. This very same control does the clearances, allows for pushback, and assigns the gates (as well as other things inside the company itself). I am unsure of the other terminals and/or concourses, since i have never been to those before  Smile.

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RE: Requesting Pushback?

Fri Aug 03, 2001 5:39 pm

At GOT (gothenburgh) when I worked there the pilots called the apron tower for clearence, and then called the ground, and then we had to call the apron tower for P-back clearence as well. Heard that this were the only place this is rutine. Sometimes the pilot just asked us if we could take care of the pushback clearence and that was no problem.
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RE: Requesting Pushback?

Fri Aug 03, 2001 5:50 pm

At ATL, each concourse has a ramp control tower, run by a third party (AGI), and some of them have members of the airlines on that concourse ops dept. (if the airline has an ops dept at ATL). The flight crew will radio the ramp control tower for the concourse, and will get clearance from they, and once they are on the taxiway, they are switched over to ATC.

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