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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  • 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.

    Manish TManish T4 phút trước
  • viworld.info/rock/video/yGitmnmy3J1lymQ.html

    Nirmal kumarNirmal kumar44 phút trước
  • "I'm sure the guys were tempted to perform very fast runway inspections" haha I love that humor :D

    Tom SchwankeTom Schwanke47 phút trước
  • Thanks joe😊

    chamuditha fernandochamuditha fernandoGiờ trước
  • This guy's accent is harder to understand than a heavy Hindi-Arabic accent

    The PhantomThe PhantomGiờ trước
  • 헤이 컴온 팔로미카

    PN VOCAL TEAM JOHNPN VOCAL TEAM JOHN4 giờ trước
  • 0:10 Marshaller einfach die hübsche

    Share TenShare Ten4 giờ trước
  • 8:12 I think it's the Hannover Airport. Because of the specific shape of the tower

    TimoPhillipTimoPhillip4 giờ trước
  • 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.

    Adrian NelAdrian Nel5 giờ trước
  • Oh God.You gonna freeze there

    Berent OzkentBerent Ozkent5 giờ trước
  • That BGM, you're gonna tell us an internet history?

    KudosKKudosK5 giờ trước
  • 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.

    Honest OpinionHonest Opinion10 giờ trước
  • 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.

    Jeff BergstromJeff Bergstrom11 giờ trước
  • 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

    Stefan SmithStefan Smith11 giờ trước
  • lol all cars should have that message marquee. "stop tailgating you wanker"

    Aaron SkinnerAaron Skinner12 giờ trước
  • 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.

    James ArmesJames Armes13 giờ trước
  • look up chase cars and the berth of the mustang hehehe

    Dan BritDan Brit13 giờ trước
  • Imagine getting a Dacia Sandero follow me car.

    Alan SohnAlan Sohn14 giờ trước
  • 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. 🙂

    cookmcphersoncookmcpherson14 giờ trước
  • Very good idea the FOLLOW ME CAR !! All big and medium airports should have FOLLOW ME CARS.

    kazzicupkazzicup15 giờ trước
  • Europeans are always so far ahead of this side of the pond. Such a simple and effective thing yet so foreign to us.

    homie789homie78916 giờ trước
  • 3 years later:tesla roadster becomes a follow me car

    Somoni SakSomoni Sak16 giờ trước
  • 👍👍👍

    Al AbamaAl Abama17 giờ trước
  • 1:20 that’s the biggest plane traffic jam ever

    Micheal AftonMicheal Afton17 giờ trước
  • 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)

    YndostruiYndostrui17 giờ trước
  • Here in the states, it is a luxury 😁. Another informative video, thank you Capt!

    azitulaazitula18 giờ trước
  • Would you consider the US Secret Service vehicles around Air Force One in the same category?

    Larry LevineLarry Levine19 giờ trước
  • Supported the U-2's out of RAF Alconbury 1992-1995.. thanks for showing that awesome aircraft Captain Joe!!

    Cliff TrimbleCliff Trimble19 giờ trước
  • 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.

    MAN_ON_WHEELZMAN_ON_WHEELZ20 giờ trước
  • Lol my friend is working at Stuttgart airport, baggage / cargo etc 😁

    Erukanu SenpaiErukanu Senpai20 giờ trước
  • PLEASE GET A BETTER MIC A DISLIKE FROM ME FOR ONLY THAT REASON PLEASE

    Din DaddyDin Daddy21 giờ trước
  • I’m not a pilot but I could really use a follow me person for navigating some airports as a passenger

    Taylor BaskinTaylor Baskin23 giờ trước
  • The footage is 6:28 is seriously an eye opener! What a video! Just wow!

    typografititypografiti23 giờ trước
  • Can we all appreciate he had to do the video at the cold windy runway

    Silver SpySilver Spy23 giờ trước
  • I always wanted to know why they had this because I saw this all over games and stuff but never actually seen it

    ąayuʂh115ąayuʂh115Ngày trước
  • Thanks Capt. Joe. You found me my retirement part time job.. (LOL in ten years)

    David SDavid SNgày trước
  • Seems like an ideal job for a retired F1 race car driver...with F1 follow me car :)

    Steve kSteve kNgày trước
  • I guess this only happens in Germany because I have traveled a lot been to a lot of airports flown a lot and I have never Seen a pilot car before directing a commercial airplane

    Cookie MonsterCookie MonsterNgày trước
  • “Lamborgini” lol

    JuicyGamerJuicyGamerNgày trước
  • On the nearest airport to me, the "follow me" car is owned by the person who drives it. So you can see it on the supermarket parking lot

    littleo gaminglittleo gamingNgày trước
  • What? In the Sauron part of Germany? But anyway, I get it. It's a car. For WANN you miss the TRAM. Just like normal life then.

    Mikosch2Mikosch2Ngày trước
  • The unbiased octagon evidently complete because literature developmentally object aside a bouncy texture. married, uninterested temper

    January SuccessJanuary SuccessNgày trước
  • Der Ton übersteuert so hart, das kann man sich echt nicht geben, sorry!

    Justus86Justus86Ngày trước
  • never seen this car before

    u commentu commentNgày trước
  • WHY What are Car Super?

    hype philippines mapper car zonehype philippines mapper car zoneNgày trước
  • Everyone: Follow me car Lockheed U-2: Follow me, car

    Vladyslav KarasovVladyslav KarasovNgày trước
  • Very interesting video! Thank you :)

    REG.TREG.TNgày trước
  • You din't just say "Im schöna Schwabaländle"! Almost snorted into my Spaghetti. Greetings from Pforzheim! Love your Stuff!

    keys-n-stixkeys-n-stixNgày trước
  • Flight simulator needs this.

    Variance WithinVariance WithinNgày trước
  • Should the pilot turn on or off the taxi lights during following the car?

    VSK121VSK121Ngày trước
  • Thanks very informative video 👍

    Noel ShahNoel ShahNgày trước
  • Hold on, did he just say lamborjini

    TheRedGamerFPVTheRedGamerFPVNgày trước
  • Pilot, arriving to Bologna: "Why should I follow this yellow-black painted airplane?"

    Glossy Seventy-fiveGlossy Seventy-fiveNgày trước
  • KJFK uses normal Ground Vehicles for Follow me Operations. they don't have a dedicated car for it. usually it is Car 06

    Dragonx0562Dragonx0562Ngày trước
  • 8:24 Goose Airlines is not really happy about this situation, they paid for a full length runway use, not to be kicked off.

    Mauricio RaviletMauricio RaviletNgày trước
  • Wonder how a Saturn Vue got picked for the job, but even more surprising is apparently we in the US don't have them at some major airports, I REALLY wonder why that is.

    Justin NokerJustin NokerNgày trước
  • Her: Sex with me will be the best thing you’ve ever experienced. Me: I do FOD sweeps on an 11,000ft runway in a Lamborghini Huracan at my job. Her: .........

    patton303patton303Ngày trước
  • Lamborgini. 😣

    Doo _Doo _Ngày trước
  • Imagine that frustrated hurrican driver, having one of the fastest cars in the world, yet crawling at 5 mph.

    Respectful DebatesRespectful DebatesNgày trước
    • A frustrated person can't do this job. A frustrated person can't be a pilot either.

      kazzicupkazzicup15 giờ trước
  • frozen pilot

    Vincent AmatranoVincent AmatranoNgày trước
  • Poor bird, he wasn't familiar with that airport layout.

    Mr. RamirezMr. RamirezNgày trước
  • 8:23 Has that bird been issued takeoff clearance? I don't think the follow me car has the authority to issue takeoff clearances.

    Doug GaleDoug GaleNgày trước
  • The absorbed cheese unintentionally tow because pea gergely hunt across a imminent chicory. hoc, spurious girdle

    지지영선지지영선Ngày trước
  • Thank you Captain good to know. New sub.

    Aaron LopezAaron LopezNgày trước
  • As far as i know the dragon lady (u2) is actually still in service today

    Nesten StatonNesten StatonNgày trước
  • Did you just say 'lamborgini'

    Levi StraussLevi StraussNgày trước
  • Wouldn't be fun collecting scaled models of all "follow me" cars ?

    Jackson LeeJackson LeeNgày trước
  • Captain: let’s address the elephant in the room: how many UFOs have you seen?

    JustinJustinNgày trước
  • There is no such thing as a follow car

    Jammie DodgerJammie DodgerNgày trước
  • In Friedrichshaven we were received by something like a pimped quad for the followme. Was kinda fitting as we arrived in a Piper Arrow not a big jet.

    Ralf BaechleRalf BaechleNgày trước
  • I need a follow me car trough Paris 😂

    Robert HorvathRobert HorvathNgày trước
  • He forgot to mention the part about the chase care for the U2 originally being the fastest Mustang they could get their hands on.

    Saule KaravirsSaule KaravirsNgày trước
  • You should do a video about crossfeeding

    Simon NgesaSimon NgesaNgày trước
  • Love your jacket, can you give me the model please ;-) ?

    Mr FloMr FloNgày trước
  • Being an American, I guess there's a reason why I had never heard of these. I bet a lot of pilots would appreciate them here.

    Truly InfamousTruly InfamousNgày trước
  • It'was a real pleasure, when we were allow to travel, to receive such a welcome, coming back home to Bologna. The Lamborghini factory is probably 20km far from the airport so it's not so strange to have such an amazing car in our home airfield.

    Alessandro MalagutiAlessandro MalagutiNgày trước
  • Great Video Joe

    Jupiter Technology 12.000Jupiter Technology 12.000Ngày trước
  • 👍

    Jupiter Technology 12.000Jupiter Technology 12.000Ngày trước
  • poor Huracán trotting around in idle all day long 🤣

    Addictive_LiquoriCeAddictive_LiquoriCeNgày trước
  • 8:24 that bird's not wanna get out too easy 🤣🤣👌

    Pritam ChakrabartyPritam ChakrabartyNgày trước
  • 4:50 That background looks awesome! Like some post apocalyptic scene

    TheMightyKinkleTheMightyKinkleNgày trước
  • I want this job!! How do I get this job????

    The DaveThe DaveNgày trước
  • Pilots are the most emotional beings on earth. Tell a pilot he sucks, you'll see what I'm talking about.

    Jason MB999Jason MB999Ngày trước
  • Great video for all us airport/airplane dilettantes!

    Phil HjemboePhil HjemboeNgày trước
  • I would hate to be driving that chase car if the U-2 had to takeoff again for any reasons

    Masriser7Masriser7Ngày trước
  • "Tower, we hit some birds during our takeoff roll" "Affirmative, catering services are on the way"

    Ondřej ČapkaOndřej ČapkaNgày trước
    • Most underrated comment

      W JW J4 giờ trước
    • Well at least you know it's actually meat then

      Julio GonzoJulio GonzoNgày trước
  • what replaced the Lamborghini?

    Richard JonesRichard JonesNgày trước
  • In the US I just request ground control directions. No issue.

    J TimeJ TimeNgày trước
  • Yes that Lambo I assume is a follow me car at Bologna Airport... because why not? Lol

    Ethan Carberry-HoltEthan Carberry-HoltNgày trước
  • And here we are at Simferopol airport, where is only a three possible taxiways and impossible to get lost, and they send you a mandatory follow-me car just to make an extra money from your airline

    Alex SapegaAlex SapegaNgày trước
  • YELLOWCAB

    Zeign GenesisZeign GenesisNgày trước
  • Wearing a Alpha Industries jacket 😉

    Pawan MishraPawan MishraNgày trước
  • Interesting ! I was finding what this vehicle was !

    RUSLexplorerRUSLexplorerNgày trước
  • Great video, but I thought the thumbnail lambo was the best job ever

    SammySammyNgày trước
  • I wanna be a pilot like you.😍😍

    MD. Saim KhanMD. Saim KhanNgày trước
  • Da isch der Kerle in Stuaget und secht nix! Ich hätt Dir en Kaffee schbendierd!

    Harald SchmidtHarald SchmidtNgày trước
  • "Speedbird, have you ever flown to Frankfurt before?" "Once in 1943. But I didn't land"

    Stephen CaviliaStephen CaviliaNgày trước
    • @kskdtr lol

      Mr OinkerzMr Oinkerz12 giờ trước
    • once during a flight from london to koeln i overheard the conversation between the passengers behind me, where the german one asked something like "do you like the landscape?" (apparently the other passenger, american by the accent, was looking outside the window), "not really... i was just wondering if my grandpa ever flown over there", "oh... nice... with which airline?" "the 8th bomber command"... and an eerie silence fell upon the conversation

      kskdtrkskdtr22 giờ trước
  • Follow me cars for some reason seem very cute.

    Planes and StuffPlanes and Stuff2 ngày trước
  • I wonder what's the V1 speed for the lamborghini on RWY12 in Bologna, full tank and only driver's hand luggage.

    Jarek FerencJarek Ferenc2 ngày trước
  • Lambo Genie lmfao

    Chris KoonzChris Koonz2 ngày trước
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