Taxi at a walking pace

July, 7, 2021 by Kyle Boas

A “Safety Alert for Operators” (SAFO 09004) from 2/11/09 says.

Slow the aircraft to a fast walking speed on the centerline of the landing runway prior to attempting to exit the runway. Taxi at a fast walking speed until parked at the ramp or until aligned with the centerline of the runway for takeoff.

Since it’s not clearly defined by the FAA, it’s assumed that most airlines limit taxi speeds via their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Also, due to the variety of equipment, it might be unfeasible for the FAA to mandate a specific speed.

Here is a pro tip from Infinite Flight’s User Guide:

Do not exceed 35kts groundspeed to avoid in-game violations, we recommend you keep your speed below 25kts in a straight line and 10kts or less during 90° turns for a safe operation.

References: FAA: Safety Alert for Operations (SAFO) 09004, 2B. Retrieved from the original, Infinite Flight User Guide – Taxi

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