What is Taxiing ?

Taxiing ( taxying) is the movement of an aircraft on the ground, under its own power, in contrast to towing or push-back where the aircraft is moved by a tug. The aircraft usually moves on wheels, but the term also includes aircraft with skis or floats (for water-based travel).

 

Are Engineers Allowed to Taxi Airplanes ?

It is possible that aircraft during taxying operations which involve starting of aircraft engine and maneuvering of aircraft on ground, can sustain damage if this operation is undertaken by unqualified and inexperienced individuals. If such damages remain undetected, then the aircraft’s airworthiness and safety can be in jeopardy. Therefore, it is essential that such operations are undertaken by Qualified and experienced individuals who are approved for the
purpose.

Yes, Engineering Personnel can also carried out the Taxi of airplane in the airport premise. But these engineering personnel must be a qualified personnel and authorised by the company to take taxi of airplane.

Engineers must be they are trained and certified they can do anything from reposition taxi, high speed taxi, and high power engine runs.

 

Lets focus on the minimum requirements to be fulfilled by engineering personnel to meet the Taxi Permit Authorisation in Part -66 environment.

(a) has been duly authorized by the operator,

(b) is fully competent to taxi the aeroplane,

(c) is qualified to use the radiotelephone or a person qualified to use the radiotelephone is on board; and

(d) has received instruction from a competent person in respect of aerodrome layout, routes, signs, marking, lights, air traffic control (ATC) signals and instructions, phraseology and procedures, and is able to conform to the operational standards required for safe aeroplane movement at the aerodrome.

(e) Alcohal test to be passed before taking taxi operations.

 

For the Taxi Permit Authoirsation Engineering Personnel must meet:

 

Following procedure shall be adopted for issuing taxy permit by the Quality
manager of the operator to facilitate taxying of the aircraft.

a) The person shall hold a valid type rated CAR-66 AME licence in category B1
covering the specific aircraft engine combination provided he has been trained
on taxying of the aircraft and his taxying ability has been assessed by a pilot of
the operator, qualified on the type of aircraft.

b) He should be qualified to use the radiotelephone if radio communications are
required or incase he does not hold RT License, the condition to be accompanied by a person holding RT licence shall be endorsed on the permit.

c) He shall be conversant with the aerodrome, signages, markings, lightings, ATC
phraseology, signals etc. and Aerodrome layout of particular Aerodrome.

 

 

 

 

 


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