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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!
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Peter Parker
Peter Parker Il y a 57 minutes
If Hannover got a Porsche and a R8.. what does Abu Dhabi have? Bugatti and Koenigsegg? Do they have a Follow Me Leopard 2A6?
Jeffrey Kupetz
Jeffrey Kupetz Il y a 12 heures
They have the perfect opportunity to call this a pilot car and they don't
Stealth G35 Infiniti
Stealth G35 Infiniti Il y a 15 heures
Back in my Air Force career, we had Follow Me Trucks. Usually a Ford F150 painted blue guiding planes around the tarmac. Some had the duty of collecting the parachutes from the F4 Phantoms when they deployed them while landing.
Nate Mladek
Nate Mladek Il y a 20 heures
I think the reason we don’t have follow me cars here in America is because we are much more of a ‘here’s a map, have fun’ kind of culture.
Operator 801
Operator 801 Il y a 21 heure
I know Philadelphia has at least one Follow Me car.
liminos Il y a 21 heure
I hear the U2 ground marshal yelling "terrain - terrain - pull up" just before crossing the runway threshold 😂
Susan Muraguri
Susan Muraguri Il y a jour
Really loving your videos, thank you!....
David M
David M Il y a jour
Stuttgart Airport. I've been there many times. Very familiar with it. Nice to see them getting (and giving) some love!
RickySTT Il y a jour
Lamborghini: the follow me car that consumes fuel as fast as the aircraft.
Tom Corwine
Tom Corwine Il y a jour
Max S.
Max S. Il y a jour
Well a Huracan is nearly identical to the R8, just a different generation to the one shown.
Max S.
Max S. Il y a jour
Do they really still paint them? I thought it was all wraps by now.
Max S.
Max S. Il y a jour
My tenth (or around there) birthday we did a "behind the scenes" tour at our local airport (Hamburg, Germany, fairly small). The guide said "and those are the follow me cars. Usually they drive far enough ahead for the pilot to see them. We use the Busses (VW T4 at the time), because their size gives some resonance for a loud crunch when the plane wheel hits us, so the pilots know to back off a bit."
bernard bouzon
bernard bouzon Il y a jour
For your information the huracan is the Current follow me car in Bologna.
bernard bouzon
bernard bouzon Il y a jour
Thanks for the video. I took a flight from Vienna to Munich last year and the plane was guided by a follow me car due to low visibilty after landing.
bernard bouzon
bernard bouzon Il y a jour
I'd say Schipol (AMS)
Robbie Kenna
Robbie Kenna Il y a jour
I'm a pilot based in Poland flying the 737-800 and every airport I operate in (Katowice, Krakow, Gdansk, Warsaw Modlin, Lodz, Wroclaw, Rzeszow and Poznan) have the follow me service mandatory for all arriving aircraft and some of the airports have the service mandatory for departing aircraft too e.g. Krakow and Rzeszow
Tom Tom
Tom Tom Il y a 2 jours
Reminds me of the wonderful Richard Scarry books and drawings
Mikael Sojka
Mikael Sojka Il y a 2 jours
Your audio is really funky dude. 😋😂
btakesa Il y a 2 jours
What a horrible sounding narrator
azazi sarah
azazi sarah Il y a 2 jours
puellanivis Il y a 2 jours
Huh… I imagine with the massive amounts of lift that the U2 can generate (necessary to fly so high up), that it could absolutely land at the speed a fast car can get up to.
juliansark Il y a 2 jours
I swear instead of "U2" I heard: "Within that car is another FRvid pilot."
Dale Allan
Dale Allan Il y a 2 jours
You’re the best one
Truth Witness
Truth Witness Il y a 2 jours
Fly by the Bermuda Triangle there should be a follow me airplane
Don'tSpikeMyDrink Il y a 2 jours
please add closed captions for deaf people
Alan Swanson
Alan Swanson Il y a 2 jours
how do I get this job?!?
Rolf Helder
Rolf Helder Il y a 2 jours
Where to take off? Follow the lamborghini at speed, pull back the stick and raise your landing gear. Goodbeye!
Bobo The mighty
Bobo The mighty Il y a 2 jours
Work on the audio quality plz
OneOmot Il y a 2 jours
Saw this car in racing 🏎
Jon Il y a 2 jours
Plot twist: the Lamborghini is the actual plane
Klipik Il y a 2 jours
I was confused why I'd never heard of these until you said we don't have them in the US 😛
Aroop Roelofs
Aroop Roelofs Il y a 3 jours
Follow Me car: "Follow Me" Pilots: "I think this car has a questline for us"
القران الكريم
8:30 look that he wants a real take off let him do
kreiseltower Il y a 3 jours
Thank you for this video! @Captain Joe, Since you're based in Luxemburg, you've probably visited Saarbrücken? Have you been at the airport there (probably not with the 747 ;-) )? Funny thing is... as often as I've been at EDDR, there was always the follow me car. And the funny part about this is.. the airport has one runway (for jets), one taxi way and like two apron parking stands. Still always the follow me car 😂😂😂 I find that very hilarious because at big airports like EDDF I barely see a follow me car....
Tomush Il y a 3 jours
Goose clip possible most funniest 😂
Blava Il y a 3 jours
The U2 is still in service.
Khiladi 340
Khiladi 340 Il y a 3 jours
I have one question for those who are seeing this video.... What are the two types of vehicles whose weight has been focused a lot??
John Siders
John Siders Il y a 3 jours
I would think it would be really embarrassing to pull up to the wrong gate !!!
Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn Il y a 3 jours
How did we maneuver the hallways of junior high/high school much less college campuses...
ChloeLouiseeB Il y a 3 jours
Never experienced a follow me car, at our field it’s use the only inbound taxiway, pick some empty grass in front of the hangar, try to avoid the bat shit crazy helis that will try to land on you for no apparent reason, and leave it there 🤣
WhiteWulfe Il y a 3 jours
I'd never heard of or seen such vehicles, however the instant it was described it kind of had that typical "oh, that just makes sense then" that a lot of aspects of aviation have. I have found myself behind standard airport vehicles in the past though - as the coffee delivery guy! First time on a taxiway in a Ford Transit is an interesting experience!
Marcin W
Marcin W Il y a 3 jours
I used to work as a Marshaller. I remember my first night shift with low visibility. I was terryfied, i couldn't see what was in front of me, it was like 50m visibility. Great that you mention what marshaller is doing on the airport. You should decode all marshaller signs, because most of the GA pilots don't know what we want them to do.
Relaxing White Noise Studio
The best pilot in the world 😘
AviationPilot99 Il y a 3 jours
😂 i love how the thumbnail has a lamborgini as the follow me car
Ethan's Aviation
Ethan's Aviation Il y a 2 jours
They do exist tho😎
KevinMichaelMichael Il y a 3 jours
love the checklist at the end! great video
Escape Reality
Escape Reality Il y a 3 jours
I never seen one 😭 are they in the US?
88botong Il y a 3 jours
Lamborghini $200,000 Boeing 747 $240,000,000
Andy Bush
Andy Bush Il y a 4 jours
Great video
Luxcium Il y a 4 jours
First Time ever I heard about such a vehicle ever !!!
mhs vz
mhs vz Il y a 4 jours
Thank you for another excellent video!
king james488
king james488 Il y a 4 jours
cuz pilots are dumb and don't know where to go otherwise?
Chris Kästner
Chris Kästner Il y a 4 jours
DUS- Düsseldorf
Elli P
Elli P Il y a 4 jours
'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 Il y a 4 jours
lamborGHIni not lamborgini ahah
Alain Archambault
Alain Archambault Il y a 4 jours
I didn't think the airports were still that busy.
fan fan
fan fan Il y a 4 jours
it is Heathrow airport
Emily Il y a 4 jours
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 Il y a 4 jours
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 Il y a 4 jours
Is that a JFK airport? The tower looks similar.
Marco DM
Marco DM Il y a 4 jours
Stupid Comment Of The Week
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 Il y a 4 jours
Grüße aus Stuttgart wusste gar nicht das du von hier kommst haha 😂
Elliot Taggart
Elliot Taggart Il y a 4 jours
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 Il y a 4 jours
"Yellow Orange bright colours"?? really I may a bit colour-blind but I see yellow and black.
femanvate Il y a 4 jours
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 Il y a 4 jours
Me: sees airport Me: is that MBS ? Also Me: no why would it be no one knows about it
canadarocks8b Il y a 4 jours
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 Il y a 4 jours
What airliner do you work for?
Jochen Schueller
Jochen Schueller Il y a 4 jours
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 Il y a 4 jours
Great video, unbelievably cold there ... eh!
Dan Nash
Dan Nash Il y a 4 jours
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 Il y a 4 jours
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 Il y a 4 jours
Munich, i can see the control tower and that big tent thing where the entrance is
Michael Klump
Michael Klump Il y a 4 jours
uh i have never seen this
Muhammed Omar
Muhammed Omar Il y a 4 jours
9:09 lol Ryanair The king of back breaking landings
nettlesoup Il y a 4 jours
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 Il y a 4 jours
You are cool
David Saucedo
David Saucedo Il y a 5 jours
You never rlly see these in the states
Sérgio Agostinho
Sérgio Agostinho Il y a 5 jours
Who leads the planes to the stand, is that the assignment of ATC or a specific department?
Kristof Kiraly
Kristof Kiraly Il y a 5 jours
8:23 Strange looking private jet
ubonyele Il y a 5 jours
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 Il y a 5 jours
Love from schwabisch gmuend
simple gamer
simple gamer Il y a 5 jours
*jet fighter is taking off* gets the bugatti veyron follow me car
MrDolphins6699 Il y a 5 jours
Grüßle zurück aus dem Schwabenländle! :-)
sg39g Il y a 5 jours
An Lamborguini follow-me-car. Follow me... if you can!!!
Gissie Il y a 5 jours
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 Il y a 5 jours
Is this service free of charge?
NitzzTV Official
NitzzTV Official Il y a 5 jours
why is that one screw so small? captain joe : Do you have an hour to spare?
Niek Beentjes
Niek Beentjes Il y a 5 jours
U2 Is still in Service! After 60 years!
FeelmyMojo Il y a 5 jours
HAJ had an Audi R8 :) but i dont see it anymore
Mariusz Chyliński
Mariusz Chyliński Il y a 5 jours
Super movie, super fun :)
Ashish Gupta
Ashish Gupta Il y a 5 jours
all cars on the airport should be 100% electric
Nacho Chitiu
Nacho Chitiu Il y a 5 jours
You forgot to mention the magnificent world acclaimed Trabant! How DARE you (min 11:53)!! :D :D
what mic you use please reply
David P
David P Il y a 5 jours
After your video i would love to do the job in a follow me car. :)
SH Emon
SH Emon Il y a 5 jours
Would you please tell me what does ' vertical speed ' means?
Luis Da Costa
Luis Da Costa Il y a 5 jours
Another funny fact: Captain Joe isn’t really a captain. 🤦🏻‍♂️
TechPorkChop Il y a 5 jours
Yeah Tap Portugal lol
DJ DA VINCI Il y a 5 jours
It’s a free service ?
George Prout
George Prout Il y a 5 jours
I'm surprised they don't use mercedes, they showed at le mans 1999 that they too can achieve Vr