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George asked in TravelAir Travel · 6 months ago

When the plane is departing and taxiing, why does someone have to guide it if it gets towed anyway? Can someone explain?

5 Answers

  • James
    Lv 7
    6 months ago
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    it only gets towed to and away from the gate, once it's on the taxiway, the plane is one its own. the driver of the tow can't judge how far the wings are from hitting anything

  • Todd
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Passengers usually board the aircraft at the gate. A jet plane can't fire the engines up there. For most airports, it's a two phase process, and if the plane needs deicing, another phase. Then the official taxiing under fit best the flight plan given modification by flight control.

  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Wing walkers are there to guide the operator of the tow vehicle during push back from the gate because they're moving the aircraft in tight spaces. Once the tug has been released, the wing walkers leave too, and the aircraft can taxi out on its own.

  • 6 months ago

    There has to be people on the ground to make sure the wingtips don't hit anything. The guy driving the tug has limited view.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    At the airport i frequent any time an aircraft is moved a ''spotter'' has to be present.

    Makes the insurance companies a lot less pyssy.

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