Aircraft Marshalling

Aircraft Marshaller

A person trained to direct by visual or other means the movement of aircraft on the ground, into and out of landing, parking or hovering points. Also called aircraft guide.

Marshalling is one-on-one visual communication and a part of aircraft ground handling. It may be as an alternative to, or additional to, radio communications between the aircraft and air traffic control. The usual equipment of a marshaller is a reflecting safety vest, a helmet with acoustic earmuffs, and gloves or marshalling wands–handheld illuminated beacons.

At airports, the marshaller signals the pilot to keep turning, slow down, stop, and shut down engines, leading the aircraft to its parking stand or to the runway. Sometimes, the marshaller indicates directions to the pilot by driving a “Follow-Me” car (usually a yellow van or pick-up truck with a checkerboard pattern) prior to disembarking and resuming signalling, though this is not an industry standard.

At busier and better equipped airports, marshallers are replaced on some stands with a Visual Docking Guidance System (VDGS), of which there are many types.


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The role of the Aircraft Marshaller is an important element of managing the aircraft in the vicinity of the ramp. The aircraft Marshaller provides the essential visual link to assist the flight crew in positioning the aircraft correctly.

The responsibility for the safe operation of the aircraft on the ground rests with the flight crew, however the ground crew including Marshaller’s have a duty of care to provide the flight crew with the correct guidance information.

In addition to ensure that the possibility of accidental damage is mitigated with the use of best practice behaviour at all times.

The usual equipment of a Marshaller is a reflecting safety vest, a helmet with acoustic earmuffs, and gloves or marshalling wands, handheld illuminated beacons.

*This article is based on international standards and may differ slightly from hose used in Southern Africa

Aircraft Marshalling




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Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_marshalling
https://sassofia.com/course/aircraft-ramp-safety-and-basic-marshalling-theory-practical-course-1-day/


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