Lead­ing the way

Air Canada enRoute - - ROUTE NETWORK — RÉSEAU -

ground Pin­point mar­shaller ac­cu­racy us­ing wands is re­quired or by to an park au­to­matic an air­liner. guid­ance We are sys­tem ei­ther at guided larger to air­ports. the gate The by a VDGS (Vis­ual Dock­ing Guid­ance Sys­tem) di­rects us to within inches of our des­ti­na­tion by sig­nalling to steer straight, left, right or to slow down. This sys­tem varies by coun­try and even from air­port to air­port. Newer sys­tems sense the air­craft as it ap­proaches the gate and di­rect the pilot ac­cord­ingly.

Cap­tains at Air Canada taxi the air­plane us­ing a hand-op­er­ated tiller that piv­ots the nose wheel.

Next time you’re at the gate, look out­side to see if the pilot nailed the cen­tre of the yel­low line.

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