Stopping at an exit

October, 4, 2019 by

Don’t stop at the other end of the hold short line, in the exit taxiway. See this.

One of the first things you want to do when you exit is retract the spoiler, flaps, turn off the lights and request taxi to parking. The thing most don’t know is that this doesn’t need to be done immediately.

No one is watching you closely, ground doesn’t mind if you continue taxiing to a safer spot. Continue taxiing past the hold short line, pull off to a safe spot on the main taxiway out of the way. Then go ahead and retract everything, turn off lights, request taxi to parking, do your own thing, on your way you go.

By blocking the exit taxiway you stop the flow. In some instances you might even created unneeded conflicts.

Say you land, and an aircraft is on final behind you. You land, and park yourself right at the end of the hold short line. Your off the runway by having the entire plane over the hold short line, but you’re still sat in the exit taxiway. Your buddy on final lands, but you’re blocking the only exit. What to do. Now the flow is ruined for a few minutes. Not the end of the world but it could be avoided.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More