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The main example in the question body is to confine the wing from the main taxiway, which runs across the bottom of the image. It may not seem like it, but a 50 m (164 ft) wide plane like those tankers parked at a 45-degree angle saves ~15 m (approx. one-third of its wingspan). The reference used by the USAF is AFMAN 32-1084 (PDF), from which:


The delays you mentioned are imposed by Eurocontrol to manage traffic flow all over Europe: Even when an aircraft is ready to depart, it may still be delayed by ‘flow management’ (ATFM). You may well hear that your flight is ‘waiting for its Air Traffic Control slot’ and this is explained in another article. In short, if there is a problem that will delay ...

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