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Hand Signals

Sun Jun 13, 2004 4:49 pm

Is there a signal to have a pilot turn off nose gear lights while being marshaled onto the gate.
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RE: Hand Signals

Sun Jun 13, 2004 4:58 pm

The signal is cover your eyes with your hands and then giving the pilot the finger because that's what you'll be doing if an aircraft taxis in with their taxi/landing lights on.

But truthfully, I don't know if there is a hand signal. The taxi/landing lights should be off before or just after making the turn into the gate so that you do not blind the ground personnel. Plus, you don't need them if you're being marshaled into the gate.

[Edited 2004-06-13 10:02:38]
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RE: Hand Signals

Sun Jun 13, 2004 5:04 pm

You signal the pilot to stop and then hold your hand to your face as if shielding your eyes fron the sun.
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RE: Hand Signals

Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:18 pm

You signal the pilot to stop and then hold your hand to your face as if shielding your eyes fron the sun.

and if he doesn't get it by then you just drop the wands and walk away. he'll eventually understand.
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RE: Hand Signals

Mon Jun 14, 2004 10:08 am

A week ago, I saw a F9 A319 pulling into the gate at LAX in the morning. The pilots left the nose gear lights on, and the marshaller covered his eyes with hands and pointed at the nose gear. It took a few tries, but the captain eventually got the message.
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RE: Hand Signals

Mon Jun 14, 2004 12:56 pm

In the army (okay, I know, not an airplane thing), we used two fingers (in a "V", not one finger on each hand  Big grin ) pointed at the eyes to indicate headlights on or off (when they were supposed to be the other). I have used it a couple of times with mixed success.

Walking away works if the pilot isn't following your signals, but doesn't help the pilot if he doesn't know his lights are on.
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