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Quiz: Do You Know These 7 Aircraft Marshaller Signals?

Do you have what it takes to be an aircraft marshaller?


  1. 1) You're sitting on the ramp and you see this signal from the marshaller. What does it mean?

    This means start your engine. The marshaller will point to the engine that should be started, and rotate the other hand.

    This means start your engine. The marshaller will point to the engine that should be started, and rotate the other hand.

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  2. 2) What does this signal mean?

    This signal means taxi straight ahead.

    This signal means taxi straight ahead.

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  3. 3) You're getting ready to start your engine and you see this signal. What does it mean?

    This signal means the chocks are going to be pulled.

    This signal means the chocks are going to be pulled.

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  4. 4) You're taxiing into the ramp and you see this signal. What does it mean?

    Slow down! This signal means you're going too fast.

    Slow down! This signal means you're going too fast.

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  5. 5) What does this signal mean?

    This signal means turn right.

    This signal means turn right.

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  6. 6) You've landing and you're taxiing into your parking spot. What does this signal mean?

    Time to shut down. This signal means cut your engines.

    Time to shut down. This signal means cut your engines.

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  7. 7) You're stopped on the ramp. What does this signal mean?

    The marshaller does have a nice belt, but this means insert chocks.

    The marshaller does have a nice belt, but this means insert chocks.

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Look on the bright side, you have room for improvement...

You scored %. Better luck next time.

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Not bad, you've got most of these marshalling signals down.

You scored %. Nice work.

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You've got these signals down.

Nice work, you scored %. Nice work.

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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