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Old 7th Feb 2019, 18:21
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Taxi procedures LH Group

Saw a couple of videos from Lufthansa and Swiss and even on types with tillers on both sides (Airbus, B777 or CS) the Captain was always the one taxiing, even when F/O was the PF. Do they have a special reason for that? Do you know other companies where the F/O’s aren’t allowed to taxi?

We were allowed to taxi in my previous company, but the parking at the gate was done by the captain - I was told that the docking systems are alligned on his side.
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 18:35
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Originally Posted by bumpy737 View Post
Saw a couple of videos from Lufthansa and Swiss and even on types with tillers on both sides (Airbus, B777 or CS) the Captain was always the one taxiing, even when F/O was the PF. Do they have a special reason for that? Do you know other companies where the F/O’s aren’t allowed to taxi?

We were allowed to taxi in my previous company, but the parking at the gate was done by the captain - I was told that the docking systems are alligned on his side.
The LH OM-A says the following on that: "During taxi CM1 should concentrate on steering the aeroplane, while CM2 should concentrate on navigation and has to give advice from taxi chart, including heading information and visual cues to be expected."
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 19:26
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That's SOP at most US carriers. Only the CA will taxi. No clue why.
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 21:15
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Traditional mind-set.
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 23:20
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Originally Posted by Check Airman View Post
That's SOP at most US carriers. Only the CA will taxi. No clue why.
Some airlines are different as they want the F/O to have taxi experience in case the captain become incapacitated......which is an even less desirable time to have a taxiway excursion due to lack of training/experience. I taxied the 747/777 on my first day operating it. It is an enjoyable experience.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 05:58
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It may also be a Insurance clause.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 07:21
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Most of the time the parking aids at the gates are calibrated for the captains side or seen better from the captains sids.
atleast thats what we have been told
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 11:39
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Originally Posted by F3LD View Post
Most of the time the parking aids at the gates are calibrated for the captains side or seen better from the captains sids.
at least thats what we have been told
Depends on what system is used...
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 12:30
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There is a rumour that it was an LH A340 Fleet chiefs opinion that only the commander shall taxi. But maybe it is only due to the tradition. I don‘t know what is true but I heard another a rumour that it might change in the future.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 14:02
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Originally Posted by F3LD View Post
Most of the time the parking aids at the gates are calibrated for the captains side or seen better from the captains sids.
atleast thats what we have been told
Some are like that. Where I work now, if the guidance is for capt only, then the capt takes over after the FO gets it “near enough”, for other guidance systems the FO can taxi all the way in. Where I used to work, it was only ever the capt that taxied.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 14:13
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Some aircraft only have tillers on the LHS. So an SOP like that covers every eventuality.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 21:26
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There is a rumour that it was an LH A340 Fleet chiefs opinion that only the commander shall taxi. But maybe it is only due to the tradition. I don‘t know what is true but I heard another a rumour that it might change in the future.
You have do be aware that the LH A340 fleet invented flying.
As the A320 fleet. And the B747 fleet for sure.
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 14:31
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It's just ego.
If the co-pilot can't taxi why let him/her fly?
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 15:45
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Originally Posted by FE Hoppy View Post
It's just ego.
If the co-pilot can't taxi why let him/her fly?
"That's the way we've always done it."
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