Is it allowed, considered safe, and done, to start the engines while the aircraft is moving under the push-back power? On one hand it seems like a big time saving, on the other hand the running engines are rather dangerous and there is still a wing-walker often present during the push back.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't know about these days, but back in the 1990s, we often did it. But then we had 3-man cockpits. $\endgroup$
    – Terry
    Feb 23, 2020 at 1:02

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It is common. In fact, for aircraft parked at a gate (i.e. not a hardstand), it is quite uncommon NOT to start the first engine during pushback. The wing-walkers stay well away from the intakes, and with the engines at idle power, the danger zone isn't all that large - not nearly as large as if the motor were running at a high power setting.


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