WHY is the FOLLOW ME CAR so IMPORTANT?! Explained by CAPTAIN JOE

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Dear friends and followers, welcome back to my channel!
So lets take a closer look at the famous follow me car itself. From the outside it definitely stands out with its black and yellow checkered paint job. That‘s the primary reason, to stand out from all other ground vehicles. On the roof you have a set of antennas to receive data link messages and to be able to communicate on all airport frequencies. Then the large infamous „Follow me“ sign which the driver controls from his dashboard and another feature you‘ll see in minute. Some follow me cars have extra bright lights mounted on their roof or bonnet to light up the taxiway or runway during night time operation.
Inside the car, the dashboard with the associated switches. A traffic screen to send and receive messages from dispatch and the mentioned radio to listen to given clearances. Besides standard safety equipment like a fire extinguisher, first aid kit etc. the car comes with an extra set of wheel chocks and these handheld wands, but more about in a minute.
But the primary purpose for what the Follow-Me car is best known for is of course, hence the name „Follow me“. So guiding airplanes around the apron and the taxiways, to or from active runways. If a Follow-Me car is requested upon landing, the driver, who is called a marshaller, will be notified by one of the air traffic controllers in the tower, either on a separate radio frequency or via data link messaging to his monitor. Once he receives and confirms the order, he positions his car where the arriving cockpit crew can see it best once they exit the runway. Then monitors the active ground frequency and waits for you to receive your taxi clearance. Once you’ve read back your clearance only then will the driver turn on his beacon and the “Follow me” sign and expects you to keep up with him and match his speed. Some of the of Follow me signs have arrows which will flash up once the driver uses his indicator, signaling the pilot that a turn can be expected and second now. Some also have a trigger in the handbrake, switching the follow me instructions to Stop!
But see more in the video ...
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Luxcium
Luxcium پیش 19 دقیقه
First Time ever I heard about such a vehicle ever !!!
mhs vz
mhs vz پیش 33 دقیقه
Thank you for another excellent video!
king james488
king james488 پیش 35 دقیقه
cuz pilots are dumb and don't know where to go otherwise?
Chris Kästner
Chris Kästner پیش ساعت
DUS- Düsseldorf
Elli P
Elli P پیش ساعت
'FOLLOW ME'? Hmm. I remember the 'Fireflash' episode of the Gerry Anderson TV series 'Thunderbirds' where three of the ground vehicles displayed 'LAND ON ME' signs...
J.D.V films
J.D.V films پیش ساعت
lamborGHIni not lamborgini ahah
Alain Archambault
Alain Archambault پیش 2 ساعت
I didn't think the airports were still that busy.
fan fan
fan fan پیش 2 ساعت
it is Heathrow airport
Emily
Emily پیش 3 ساعت
I've provided a follow me service a few times. I was an airport reporting officer and works safety officer for a small regional airport (YWSL). We were under going mager upgrades and some taxiways were closed. While the nearby military base provided air traffic control for the area, my airport has no tower and as such there is no ground control. Enter the pilots who got a little lost and my plain white utility vehicle with only amber beacon lights and a radio to guide them to their parking. Not a service normally operated at such a small airport, but necessary at the time due to contruction works which I was supervising.
Malcolm Anon
Malcolm Anon پیش 4 ساعت
Good video on an under appreciated part of the airport services - maybe one next for your humble ground crew / turnaround guys, just saying like :) Also nice to your former home supporting your content, here's a shout out to SGT
Zetanist
Zetanist پیش 4 ساعت
Is that a JFK airport? The tower looks similar.
Marco DM
Marco DM پیش 5 ساعت
it's LAMBORG-INI not LAMBORJINI 🤦‍♂️
Stupid Comment Of The Week
Stupid Comment Of The Week پیش 5 ساعت
Morning Joe, brilliant video as always! At our airport we also use follow me cars on particular taxiways that don't have any taxiway lighting. If we haven't got taxiway edge and centerline lights during hours of official darkness or LVP's, a follow me will be mandatory to comply with the aerodrome license / manual and regulatory regulations.
Markus Neef
Markus Neef پیش 5 ساعت
Grüße aus Stuttgart wusste gar nicht das du von hier kommst haha 😂
Elliot Taggart
Elliot Taggart پیش 6 ساعت
Captain Joe, you’re the best!!!! From Chicago O’Hare, and Executive Tower. I agree that we need more follow me cars in Chicago! How do we get that in the books? Our winters and outdoor roads & rough and dangerous (Most of the time) You would think that we have a decent amount of emergency vehicles 8-0
zog zog
zog zog پیش 8 ساعت
"Yellow Orange bright colours"?? really I may a bit colour-blind but I see yellow and black.
femanvate
femanvate پیش 9 ساعت
If I had that Lamborghini Tower 0800: please inspect runway Me 0804: completed Tower: what so fast? Me: yes sir inspected it twice
Liz Hedlund
Liz Hedlund پیش 9 ساعت
Me: sees airport Me: is that MBS ? Also Me: no why would it be no one knows about it
canadarocks8b
canadarocks8b پیش 10 ساعت
Seems like million dollar planes should have a Tom Tom or Garmin and the ground control could set up your route and stop areas
Beachtime
Beachtime پیش 13 ساعت
What airliner do you work for?
Jochen Schueller
Jochen Schueller پیش 14 ساعت
Kind of ironic that pilots are able to fly all around the world at almost the speed of sound, being responsible for the safety of hundreds of passengers and hundreds of tons of metal which costs millions of dollars to replace and are trained to handle all kinds of unexpected failures that may ouccur somewhere over the pacific ocean, but after a successful manual crosswind landing the most challenging part of the flight exceeds their capabilities and cannot be completed without assistance: The apron. Two pilots are unable to read a map and follow yellow lines and signs, while being guided via radio to their destination. So many turns, left - and right, without prior warning by a flashing arrow sign in front of them? no way!
Michele Orbolato
Michele Orbolato پیش 14 ساعت
Great video, unbelievably cold there ... eh!
Dan Nash
Dan Nash پیش 16 ساعت
I wonder if the local taxpayers know they paid for a $500,000 Lamborghini when a $20,000 Fiat 500 would do the job just as well. If that happened in my area, the local airport commissioners would be kicked out of office.
toolchesst
toolchesst پیش 17 ساعت
My father used to fly gliders. The tugs they used to retrieve gliders that had landed all had a follow me sign on the back. Glider pilot humor.
Versatile Life
Versatile Life پیش 17 ساعت
Munich, i can see the control tower and that big tent thing where the entrance is
Michael Klump
Michael Klump پیش 19 ساعت
uh i have never seen this
Muhammed Omar
Muhammed Omar پیش 19 ساعت
9:09 lol Ryanair The king of back breaking landings
nettlesoup
nettlesoup پیش 19 ساعت
I'm very happy to hear that electric vehicles are being used more these days. I guess in Germany it will more likely be a VW or Audi rather than Tesla for the follow me. But it will be cool to see any of these next time I fly!
Dennis Adams
Dennis Adams پیش 20 ساعت
You are cool
David Saucedo
David Saucedo پیش 21 ساعت
You never rlly see these in the states
Sérgio Agostinho
Sérgio Agostinho پیش 22 ساعت
Who leads the planes to the stand, is that the assignment of ATC or a specific department?
Kristof Kiraly
Kristof Kiraly پیش 22 ساعت
8:23 Strange looking private jet
ubonyele
ubonyele پیش 23 ساعت
i have flown so many places in the world, i have never seen a yellow and black car with dots on it
Sarath Chandra
Sarath Chandra پیش روز
Love from schwabisch gmuend
simple gamer
simple gamer پیش روز
*jet fighter is taking off* gets the bugatti veyron follow me car
MrDolphins6699
MrDolphins6699 پیش روز
Grüßle zurück aus dem Schwabenländle! :-)
sg39g
sg39g پیش روز
An Lamborguini follow-me-car. Follow me... if you can!!!
Gissie
Gissie پیش روز
we used to go from München in days when it was like 100m track just one long corridor.! Stuttgart hour away. from us too. it's got abbreviation for Adenosine Triphosphate on its side ATP.wheres the frying pan style airfield we were told about in ATC? Good idea. double decker bus would be hilarious. couldn't miss that. do they ever clean tyre marks off?
ferjelo
ferjelo پیش روز
Is this service free of charge?
NitzzTV Official
NitzzTV Official پیش روز
why is that one screw so small? captain joe : Do you have an hour to spare?
Niek Beentjes
Niek Beentjes پیش روز
U2 Is still in Service! After 60 years!
FeelmyMojo
FeelmyMojo پیش روز
HAJ had an Audi R8 :) but i dont see it anymore
Mariusz Chyliński
Mariusz Chyliński پیش روز
Super movie, super fun :)
Ashish Gupta
Ashish Gupta پیش روز
all cars on the airport should be 100% electric
Nacho Chitiu
Nacho Chitiu پیش روز
You forgot to mention the magnificent world acclaimed Trabant! How DARE you (min 11:53)!! :D :D
ONLY AVIATION- AVIKANT
ONLY AVIATION- AVIKANT پیش روز
what mic you use please reply
David P
David P پیش روز
After your video i would love to do the job in a follow me car. :)
SH Emon
SH Emon پیش روز
Would you please tell me what does ' vertical speed ' means?
Luis Da Costa
Luis Da Costa پیش روز
Another funny fact: Captain Joe isn’t really a captain. 🤦🏻‍♂️
TechPorkChop
TechPorkChop پیش روز
Yeah Tap Portugal lol
DJ DA VINCI
DJ DA VINCI پیش روز
It’s a free service ?
George Prout
George Prout پیش روز
I'm surprised they don't use mercedes, they showed at le mans 1999 that they too can achieve Vr
jpsum
jpsum پیش روز
JFK T4 offers follow me service within T4’s ramp. You have make the request on their ramp frequency.
Boomcrafter_HD
Boomcrafter_HD پیش روز
8:13 is duesseldorf airport
TheCledis
TheCledis پیش روز
seems unnecessary but I guess it's the ultimate CYA for the airport
Tomas Severyn
Tomas Severyn پیش روز
Dusseldorf airport based on the towe and hangars on that side?
Promonto
Promonto پیش روز
Bist du deutscher?
Bushcraft-Prepper Survival Inh. Alexander Boyke
Bushcraft-Prepper Survival Inh. Alexander Boyke پیش روز
Es schaut aus wie der EDDL / DUS / Düsseldorfer Flughafen bei irpost.info/face/fy-lm-h-y/0WvUsszK1qi2jos.html. Der Tower hat Ähnlichkeiten ich war schon ÜBER 10 Jahre nicht mehr dort. @Captain Joe Liege ich da Richtig?
AufsMaulwurf
AufsMaulwurf پیش روز
Are you from Germany or have you lived there for a while? Your schwäbisch was really authentic
Pavia Davidsen
Pavia Davidsen پیش روز
Here is the new checklist: Watch every video that he posted
Ludos Regem
Ludos Regem پیش روز
Wusste gar nicht das das du von Stuttgart bist schön zu hören vielleicht kennst du ja backnag heiningen
Porutac
Porutac پیش روز
that Trabant follow me car is so cool and such a unique piece of history
Jasper Gerrits
Jasper Gerrits پیش روز
No in all seriousness fascinating video thanks for uploading Cpt.
Jasper Gerrits
Jasper Gerrits پیش روز
05:03 Follow me to the french Alps? xDDD
Mike Apila
Mike Apila پیش روز
United States 🇺🇸 do communication via headset to ground tower in which giving them alphabetic A,B,C,Z1,Z
Drima Chakraborty
Drima Chakraborty پیش روز
My ATC friend keeps complaining about this one particular IndiGo pilot who landed twice, two weeks apart, and missed his taxiway and held everyone up both times. I guess Changi Airport needs these cars.
Tezzington Sir
Tezzington Sir پیش روز
Capitan Joe, do you know Cotton Eye Joe?
Manish T
Manish T پیش روز
Captain Joe Love from India ❤️. Please do a video on why car's will follow behind the lockheed U2 at the time of landing and why does it have only 2 landing wheels.
Nirmal kumar
Nirmal kumar پیش روز
irpost.info/face/fy-lm-h-y/y2XgmKiy3qOXmmY.html
Tom Schwanke
Tom Schwanke پیش روز
"I'm sure the guys were tempted to perform very fast runway inspections" haha I love that humor :D
Alexander Kupke
Alexander Kupke پیش روز
And some doughnuts at night... Oops I must have slipped the brake...
chamuditha fernando
chamuditha fernando پیش روز
Thanks joe😊
The Phantom
The Phantom پیش روز
This guy's accent is harder to understand than a heavy Hindi-Arabic accent
Jochen Schueller
Jochen Schueller پیش 14 ساعت
no?
PN VOCAL TEAM JOHN
PN VOCAL TEAM JOHN پیش 2 روز
헤이 컴온 팔로미카
Share Ten
Share Ten پیش 2 روز
0:10 Marshaller einfach die hübsche
TimoPhillip
TimoPhillip پیش 2 روز
8:12 I think it's the Hannover Airport. Because of the specific shape of the tower
Alexander Kupke
Alexander Kupke پیش روز
That tower is kind of a standard design the DFS uses. I am torn, first impression was Düsseldorf, but I am somehow missing the old tower on top (or actually within) the terminal B building.
Adrian Nel
Adrian Nel پیش 2 روز
Using a two-door sports car as an FMC is just stupid. It's low, and the cockpit is small which means that the operators struggle to get in and out. It's not designed to run primarily at low speeds. There is less space for equipment. Oh, and they are more expensive, on top of it. A VW Kombi is a far better option.
Berent Ozkent
Berent Ozkent پیش 2 روز
Oh God.You gonna freeze there
KudosK
KudosK پیش 2 روز
That BGM, you're gonna tell us an internet history?
Honest Opinion
Honest Opinion پیش 2 روز
Is there a extra cost involved for using the follow me car on an airport? Does the cost get paid by the airline or is it free in airport parking and operational costs.
Jeff Bergstrom
Jeff Bergstrom پیش 2 روز
I live in Chicago and I can see why they don't do Follow-Me cars. On average the airport handles ~100 flights per hour. If it takes a Follow-Me car 15 minutes to lead a plane in and 5 minutes to get to the next plane then one car can handle 3 planes per hour. So you need 33 cars to do the job and triple that for a 24-hour shift. Near 100 cars and people. Granted slow times like the late night are different than the busiest times but to allow for sick-days and vacations and whatnot you are still probably looking at 50 cars/people to do the job (guessing of course...big ballpark on this one). Pay them $35,000/year and that is $1.75 million/year. Add in benefits and it is even more. Then add in the cars. Let's say $15,000/each (generous) and there goes another $750,000. Add in maintenance and gas and mechanics to service the fleet. This is the US. Screw safety if it costs them money. Find your own way to the gate. Someone needs a new yacht.
Stefan Smith
Stefan Smith پیش 2 روز
I've lived in the US my whole life and never heard of this, also worked as a baggage handler at Delta in my early 20s I'm 32 now
Aaron Skinner
Aaron Skinner پیش 2 روز
lol all cars should have that message marquee. "stop tailgating you wanker"
James Armes
James Armes پیش 2 روز
This is an interesting video, and certainly shows the glaring issues within the FAA standards that would definitely help "out of towners" by having a follow me service.
Dan Brit
Dan Brit پیش 2 روز
look up chase cars and the berth of the mustang hehehe
Alan Sohn
Alan Sohn پیش 2 روز
Imagine getting a Dacia Sandero follow me car.
cookmcpherson
cookmcpherson پیش 2 روز
Captain Joe referred to the U2 as "did", "was", "needed" & "flew during cold war era" as if the Dragon Lady wasn't still flying. The USAF has no plans to retire the U-2, which first flew in 1955, despite previous attempts to replace the aircraft. The service still operates 33 examples of the "Cold War-era" spy plane. And they still use a chase car. 🙂
kazzicup
kazzicup پیش 2 روز
Very good idea the FOLLOW ME CAR !! All big and medium airports should have FOLLOW ME CARS.
homie789
homie789 پیش 2 روز
Europeans are always so far ahead of this side of the pond. Such a simple and effective thing yet so foreign to us.
Somoni Sak
Somoni Sak پیش 2 روز
3 years later:tesla roadster becomes a follow me car
Al Abama
Al Abama پیش 2 روز
👍👍👍
Micheal Afton
Micheal Afton پیش 2 روز
1:20 that’s the biggest plane traffic jam ever
Yndostrui
Yndostrui پیش 2 روز
Sounds great... when they don't force it on you at an airport with an amazing 2 runways and then expect you to pay a service fee for it. Granted, this is a second-hand account. I personally never landed there (Bremen)
azitula
azitula پیش 2 روز
Here in the states, it is a luxury 😁. Another informative video, thank you Capt!
Larry Levine
Larry Levine پیش 2 روز
Would you consider the US Secret Service vehicles around Air Force One in the same category?
Cliff Trimble
Cliff Trimble پیش 2 روز
Supported the U-2's out of RAF Alconbury 1992-1995.. thanks for showing that awesome aircraft Captain Joe!!
MAN_ON_WHEELZ
MAN_ON_WHEELZ پیش 2 روز
I for one have NEVER heard of a “follow me” car, what??? Also I live in Chicago so... as you said we don’t have one at O’Hare and Midway is such an easy airport to navigate I doubt you’d need one.
Erukanu Senpai
Erukanu Senpai پیش 2 روز
Lol my friend is working at Stuttgart airport, baggage / cargo etc 😁
Din Daddy
Din Daddy پیش 2 روز
PLEASE GET A BETTER MIC A DISLIKE FROM ME FOR ONLY THAT REASON PLEASE
Taylor Baskin
Taylor Baskin پیش 2 روز
I’m not a pilot but I could really use a follow me person for navigating some airports as a passenger
typografiti
typografiti پیش 2 روز
The footage is 6:28 is seriously an eye opener! What a video! Just wow!
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