Questions tagged [taxiing]

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

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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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What regulations or procedures address runway-taxiway interference for aircraft with large wingspan?

Are there cases of airports where a large wingspan aircraft on a taxiway can interfere with another aircraft on the runway? Or do the airport design parameters take care that the largest wingspan ...
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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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Why do we call moving an aircraft on the ground “taxi”?

We all know what "taxi" means to general public -- a car which carries you from A to B in exchange for your paying a fare. "Taxi" also means to drive an aircraft on the ground. Why do we call it that?...
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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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Operating a floatplane/seaplane on water through a drawspan?

Lets say that you were in a floatplane (whether it be Terry's floating Cub or a big ol' Martin Mars) and the only otherwise-reasonably-suitable landing spot in the waterway where you are trying to go, ...
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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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What are the requirements for an aircraft to be allowed to perform fast taxi runs?

In the UK, are any certifications or particular checks legally required for a retired aircraft to perform fast taxi runs (only)? Would it still be possible to do them if the main wing spars have been ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do pilots maintain awareness of other airplanes during taxi?

If I compare taxiing of airplanes with, for example, driving cars, drivers in the latter case regularly check the positions of their cars relative to others by using the different available mirrors. ...
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When is the logo light on the tail turned on? [duplicate]

I noticed sometimes aircraft taxi with the logo light illuminating their tail, while others have it off. So is turning on the tail light at the discretion of the pilot?
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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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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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What do taxiway lane, taxiway strip and taxiway shoulder mean?

I am developing a game which involves an airport simulation. And I am looking into the general rules that traffic control has for busy airports and am also confused on the terminology of a taxiway. ...
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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 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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What is engine-out taxi out time?

What is engine-out taxi out time? a) The time between the first movement of the aircraft under its own power and the start of the last engine b) The time between the first movement of the aircraft ...
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What is the definition of taxiing?

According to Wikipedia the definition of taxiing is: the movement of the aircraft on the ground under its own power [however] push-back is not considered taxiing In contrast, Eurocontrol seems ...
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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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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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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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What are the curved centerlines at taxiway intersections for?

At all airports where I've looked out the window during taxi, the taxiway intersections have been painted with nice circular arcs connecting (the centerline of) each entry to the intersection with ...
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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 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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Is AMS (Schiphol) Polderbaan the runway furthest away?

I'm very interested to learn if there are (m)any (major) (commercial) airports that have runways further away from the terminal(s) than Schiphol's Polderbaan. Which airport is "in the lead" ...
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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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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 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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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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