|Quoting MasseyBrown (Thread starter):|
As a rule, would the pilot have heard more about this from his superiors or the chief pilot?
Doubt it, it is a basic PIC responsibility. While they probably could have got away with it, the PIC would be hanging his licence on it if there was an incident and they knowingly entered a gate where it was not 100% clear. In normal operations the buffer around an aircraft is more than adequate, however if they had a brake failure where they overshoot the stop point, or needed to evacuate the passengers at the gate for whatever reason, it will be the PIC that will be held accountable. The driver of the truck, and the wing walker would be "contributing factors", however the NTSB will point the finger at the PIC decision.
The PIC needs to look at the bigger picture, the regulators take a dim view at pilots who are muppets to bad information, there are many cases in history where people have told pilots things are clear, and in realality they were not. One of teh reason we have TCAS and GPWS is due to controllers clearing aircraft into other aircraft or terrain. The pilot has the final authority to avoid that.
|Quoting flight152 (Reply 2):|
My FOM says that wingwalkers maintain responsibility for wing clearance when pulling into the gate.
Really ? Where does the FAA say that an operator can transfer responsibility from the PIC to a wingwalker in a FOM ?
Section 14.410 Responsibility and Authority of Pilot
The pilot-in-command of the aircraft shall be directly responsible for its operation and shall have final authority as to the operation of the aircraft. In emergency situations that require immediate decisions and actions (e.g., engine failure), the pilot-in-command may deviate from this Subpart D to the extent required for safety considerations. When emergency authority is exercised, the pilot-in-command, upon request of the Division, shall file a written report that, at a minimum, describes the circumstances of the emergency and how the pilot-in-command deviated from this Subpart D.
a) Careless or Reckless Operation
1) No pilot shall operate an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the person or property of another.
2) Examples of careless or reckless aircraft operation that may endanger the person or property of another are:
D) Knowingly and substantially violating airport traffic rules established by the FAA or the airport owner.
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