What Is Aircraft Marshalling?

2016-05-16

We believe that some of you were wondering how pilots recognize where to park the aircraft at the airport.  We can give you an answer!

People, who are responsible for directing aircraft in the right position, are called marshallers. They do so by applying marshalling signals. With the help of these gestures they can do their job without any faults.

Body signals help to communicate with pilot visually without saying a word. Therefore, marshalling is an alternative to a radio communication.

The main guidelines to marshallers are to stand in a prominent area and do not endanger aircraft. They may not combine additional hand or arm gestures and to go backwards during the performance.

Take a look at the ramp hand signals and their meaning!

Identify gate / attract attention

1. Identify gate/attract attention

Continue to taxi straight ahead

2.  Continue to taxi straight ahead

Slow down

3. Slow down

Turn right (from the pilot’s point of view)

4.  Turn right (from the pilot’s point of view)

Turn left (from the pilot’s point of view)

5. Turn left (from the pilot’s point of view)

Proceed at your own direction

6. Proceed at your own direction

Normal stop

7. Normal stop

Emergency stop

8. Emergency stop

Set brakes

9. Set brakes

Release brakes

10. Release brakes

Cut engines

11. Cut engines

Connect power

12. Connect power

Disconnect power

13. Disconnect power

Interphone

14. Interphone

Chocks inserted

15. Chocks inserted

Chocks removed

16. Chocks removed

Start engines

17. Start engines

Engine/brake fire

18. Engine/brake fire

All clear

19. All clear

Negative

20. Negative

Supply air from air starter

21. Supply air from air starter

Begin push back

22. Begin push back

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23. Pins removed