Questions tagged [taxiing]

The process of driving an aircraft on the ground, e.g. from the gate to the runway.

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Who has the higher authority, the pilot in command or ATC?

I'm sure many people have heard about the communication between a Delta flight 2244 and Atlanta tower being on news today. When the Controller informs the Pilot he is on a wrong taxi-way, things get ...
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Does it make sense towing airplanes to the head of airstrip by external (eg electric) means?

Does it make sense towing airplanes to the head of airstrip by electric means, whether internal or external? Taxiing from the gate to the runway on jet power seems like a waste of fuel. Is it ...
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How does an aircraft taxi?

Does an aircraft use its engines to taxi or is it always pulled by some other vehicle? I have seen a small lorry pulling it sometimes; is it really pulling the huge thing, or does the aircraft use ...
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Is it possible to use thrust reversers to taxi backwards?

Can commercial airliners theoretically taxi backwards using reverse thrust? If this is possible, why isn't it common? I can already imagine some safety reasons...
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How do pilots manage to keep aircraft on centerline during taxi?

Cockpits usually seem to have windows that are high up and it doesn't seem from pictures that they would allow a pilot to look down so easily while sitting in their seat. Please correct me if that is ...
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What is the maximum taxi speed and who defines it?

Which is the maximum speed that an airliner is limited to while taxiing? I know that during 90 degree turns it is 10 knots, but what about long, straight taxiways? 20 knots? 25? 30? More broadly, ...
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What is the cost savings of using electronic motors to taxi?

Aircraft manufacturers are now planning to use High Torque electric motors on the nose wheel of the aircraft, which is powered from the APU, to taxi the aircraft from the gate to the runway without ...
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Are large passenger aircraft steered during taxi by changing the angle of the front landing gear?

When moving to and from the runway, does a large passenger aircraft turn by changing the thrust difference on its side engines, or by turning the front landing gear to a different angle? If it is by ...
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Taxiing with one engine: Is engine #1 always used or do they switch?

I recently travelled with an A320 and an A321 from FRA (Frankfurt) to TXL (Berlin) and back again. On this and on previous flights I already noticed a whining sound, much louder than other sounds, ...
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What is the advantage of combining the rudder and brake pedals in aircraft?

I've read about several aircraft having their rudder and brake pedals very close together. To me this seems confusing and prone to error. It looks easy to mistake the rudder / brake pedals and ...
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Are zero visibility landings a possibility for the future of commercial aviation?

Airports usually close or slow down activities in fog conditions, e.g. this seems to be a significant problem in winter at Delhi airport. Large commercial aircraft would be able to land with no ...
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Does taxiing time gets considered in a pilot's flying hours?

Basically the title. This could be referenced to US or European rules.
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Would a chain strip built in the airport taxiways, help airlines in saving money and time during taxi?

I am referring to the mechanism used in aircraft carriers, which help in catapulting fighter aircraft. What I had in mind is a milder version of the same concept. It would massively save cost, due to ...
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How does Boeing park several airplanes on a single runway at Paine Field?

On DigitalGlobe, I saw the following picture in an article, which talks about some of the best aerial shots of 2014. Paine Field, Washington Questions 1) Did the plane, highlighted with a yellow ...
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How do pilots identify the taxi path to the runway?

When the aircraft is readying to taxi, the ATC asks them to proceed to some runway number, say runway 09. In big airports, how do the pilots identify the correct path to their runway? Does the ATC ...
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Why don't large commercial airplanes have electric motors in the wheels? [duplicate]

The cost of jet fuel during taxiing can be a pain. Concorde in particular had very large fuel expenditure for taxiing. So why not put electric motors in at least 2 wheels to drive the plane that way? ...
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Why do you have to keep your seat belt fastened after landing?

What's the point of the usual "please keep your seat belt fastened until the aircraft stops completely (at the gate)" in large passenger aircrafts? Since the plane is on the ground, it is not moving ...
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Where can I find airport taxi instruction “code names”?

At larger airports, common taxi instructions are sometimes "named" for brevity as they are repeated often. For (an entirely contrived) example, Taxi to terminal via alpha, tango, foxtrot, mike ...
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Why not tow aircraft instead of single-engine taxi?

To save costs, budget airlines could potentially eliminate the single-engine taxi that is standard. Companies are looking into things like electric motors on the wheels of airliners for taxi, which ...
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Where is the taxiway between the Boeing factory and Paine Field airport?

How do the Boeing aircraft taxi to Paine Field (KPAE) from the Everett Factory? It looks like a 'road' connecting the airport and the factory. Do they use this?
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Can you be paid to taxi an aircraft if you don't have a commercial license?

From a strictly legal standpoint, in the US (I'm also interested in Canada) can you (not should you) accept compensation to taxi an aircraft if you don't have a commercial pilot's license? If I was a ...
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Is starting a jet engine without ground support possible?

We have had more... than... one question about jet aircraft taxiing about the airport without their jet engines running. Those address several issues such as cost vs savings and regulatory approval. ...
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How do pilots manage to remember ATC instructions?

Before takeoff, during flight, before landing and for taxiing, pilots are given several instructions by ATC. Do they mentally remember all instructions? Or do they note them down somewhere such as in ...
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How is a seaplane steered on water?

Steering a seaplane on water appears to be a little more 'interesting' than steering a land aircraft, at least according to the FAA Practical Test Standards for single-engine seaplanes (ASES), which ...
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How could an airliner as big as B777 make a U Turn on ground?

I just heard about this 4 month old incident, where a United Airlines B777 made a U-turn, while it was on way to runway. What is the turning radius required to make such a U-Turn? Also, is so much ...
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Are the airport “taxi” plans available online?

Whenever I sit in an aircraft and we taxi around the airport, I wonder how exactly is the airport organized, for example, the arrangement of the taxiways and runways. Is it possible to locate airport ...
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How are small airplanes steered on the ground if they don't have tillers?

I have noticed that many small planes do not have tillers like in big aircraft. So how does the pilot steer them?
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How far ahead will ATC issue runway crossing clearances at controlled FAA airport?

In past years it was common to get a taxi clearance that would include all required runway crossings. This was true even if there were several runway crossings over a long distance. Now it seems that ...
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Why do I hear the “real” engine noise only when the plane is on the runway?

I understand that (from other answers) planes taxi using engines only. But, when I'm a passenger, then why do I hear the "real" engine noise only when the plane is on the runway? So, if planes taxi ...
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What is the minimum number of engines required for taxiing an airliner?

What is the minimum number of engines required for taxiing for jet airlines from a fuel savings perspective, for 4 engine configurations and 2 engine configurations? Is using fewer engines counter ...
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How much thrust and fuel are required to get a B767 moving from a complete stop?

How much thrust is involved, and how much fuel is burned, to get an aircraft like a Boeing 767 - or something similar - moving from a complete stop? Recently, I was on a 767 that took the "scenic ...
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What is “judgemental oversteering” in taxi procedures?

I found a phrase that I don't understand while reading Jeppesen charts: "judgemental oversteering". I found it in general information about taxi procedures. As I understand this procedure applies ...
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How are taxi to and hold instructions given on an airport without taxiways to the runway end?

In a smaller airport which still handles large commercial aircraft (i.e. Princess Juliana Int. Airport (TNCM), Robert L. Bradshaw Int. Airport (TKPK), etc.), what are the taxi instructions given? I ...
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How do pilots of big jets determine if they are clear of the runway after landing?

The pilots of small aircraft can easily determine if they're clear of the runway by visually looking back through the side windows. How do the pilots of big commercial jets determine that all parts ...
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How do pilots hold the runway centerline during takeoff?

Holding the taxiway centerline during taxi is usually done with the nose gear tiller in commercial aircraft. During take-off, until which speed is the tiller used before using pedals to control runway ...
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What is the purpose of this loop in a taxiway?

This image is of Mariscal Sucre International Airport near Quito, Ecuador. (Official site / in English) What is the purpose of the loop in the taxiway plainly visible in this image? From Google ...
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Why are passenger required to put their phones in Airplane Mode during taxi to gate?

Why do airlines require that phones remain in airplane mode during the final taxi to the gate after landing? As far as I can tell, it does not affect the airplane or anything else negatively or at all....
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Are helicopters expected to follow the lateral guidance of taxiways in a hover taxi or air taxi?

If a helicopter is asked by ATC to hover taxi or air taxi, are they still expected to follow the lateral guidance of taxiways on the ground, or do they proceed "as the crow flies", direct to their ...