mirrodie
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Decision To Powerback.

Fri Apr 19, 2002 1:29 am

As a spinoff to a post I made in Civil Aviation, I was wondering who exactly decides when a particular a/c makes a pushback.

For example, let's say a DC-9 is at an airport that has a pushback vehicle. Can the pilot simply decide that he'd rather powerback the craft?
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Contact_tower
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RE: Decision To Powerback.

Fri Apr 19, 2002 1:41 am

Well, I'm sure the owners off the gass faced terminal building allso want to say something about that!  Smile

It's sometimes regulated in the AIP, and I'm sure in the airline SOP as well.
 
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RE: Decision To Powerback.

Fri Apr 19, 2002 3:49 am

powerbacks have to be approved for a/c type and for the specific airports. when I was with FL, powerbacks were used whenever they could on the DC-9/717 fleet, its much quicker then hooking a towbar up, pushing out, un hooking etc... Also the wx can play a part, ice or water on the ramp etc... the DC-9 AOM is very specific on what wx conditions the a/c can be powered back in
 
mirrodie
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RE: Decision To Powerback.

Wed Apr 24, 2002 12:16 am

-For clarification, what is AIP?

-Let's say a DC-9, 727 or "the like" pilot, is at an airport like DTW where powerbacks have been observed. And let's say have a tug there but jthe pilot just wants to powerback instead. Is is his decision? In other words, who gives the go ahead to do it?

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Contact_tower
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RE: Decision To Powerback.

Wed Apr 24, 2002 2:09 am

"For clarification, what is AIP"

AIP= Aeronautical Information Publication

Contains information on airspace, aerodromes, heliports, rules and regs, etc, etc

It's what Jeppesen and other publishers base their plates and charts on, it is published by eighter the CAA in each country, and allso by the military in some places.

It's a ICAO style publication, and it allso informs useres of any deviations from ICAO practice. (Should be about 10.000 pages in the US version.....  Big grin )
 
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RE: Decision To Powerback.

Thu Apr 25, 2002 12:56 am

Sometimes the pilots tell you that they want a powerback after you've hooks the towbar up. Also certain gates do not allow powerbacks because of the angle of the gate (where I used to work at, one gate was at an angle, we could'nt because it faced a roadway. When we brought planes in, we used two marshallers, one for the entrance to the gate (up until we turned the plane for the final 30 odd feet to the stop point), and one to park the plane.

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