Failure to place condition lever in "FEATHER," instead placing it beyond.
Failure to give thumbs-up to plane captain after good start.
Fixating on one instrument (i.e., oil pressure) thereby failing to monitor all aspects of
the start sequence.
Failure to ensure positive change of controls during brake checks.
Failure to adhere to lineman's signals.
Description. Taxiing is the controlled movement of the aircraft on the ground under its
own power. Speed is controlled by the PCL; direction is controlled by rudder, augmented as
necessary by brakes.
General. Since an airplane must be moved under its own power between the line area and
the runway, the pilot must thoroughly understand Taxi procedures and be proficient in
maintaining positive control of the direction and speed of movement on the ground. In addition,
the pilot must be alert and visually check the location of everything along the taxi path.
An awareness of other aircraft which are taking off, landing, or taxiing, is essential to safety.
Persons, "yellow gear," fuel trucks and fire bottles are among some of the most common hazards
associated with an airport. When taxiing, the pilot must continually scan the entire forward area
from wingtip to wingtip. If at any time there is doubt about wingtip clearance, stop until the
situation is resolved!!
Ultimate responsibility for the safe operation of an aircraft lies
with the pilot!!
It is difficult to set any rule for a safe taxi speed. What is safe under some conditions may be
hazardous another time. The primary requirement for safe taxiing is SAFE, POSITIVE
CONTROL of the aircraft. A general "rule of thumb" is to taxi no faster than a person can walk
when within the line area and no faster than a person can trot when outside the line area. Local
course rules may determine right-of-way rules, but if ever in doubt - STOP!
Prior to taxiing, check the immediate area clear of personnel and obstructions. Also check the
taxiway clear in both directions for other aircraft, fuel trucks, etc. Keep your left hand on the
PCL and your right hand on the stick when taxiing. To initiate the taxi, slowly release the
brakes, selecting BETA range as necessary to control taxi speed. On rare occasions, power in
excess of idle may be required; most likely this will occur when taxiing uphill into the wind.
Downwind or downhill taxiing will generally require full BETA in order to taxi at a safe speed.
Use brakes as necessary to slow down during cases such as these.
GROUND PROCEDURES 5-7