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Wireless Pushback with Wing Walkers
Flightcom’s wireless pushback and towing system supports aircraft movement operations with up to three wing walkers, maintaining critical tractor operator-to-pilot communication while allowing the wing walkers to listen and to alert the tractor operator of any hazards. The system not only enables communication between the flight deck and ground crew, it optimizes communication by controlling who can talk to whom and under what circumstances.
Flightcom's wireless pushback and towing system mitigates the following critical issues:
- Direct and indirect costs of damage
- Injuries to ground personnel
- Costs of delays
- Operational inefficiencies
Flightcom's wireless pushback and towing system delivers the following benefits:
- Help prevent accidents and associated costs
- Enable real-time verbal warnings and enhanced situational awareness
- Ensure safety
- Reduce injuries and death of ground ops personnel and those they serve
- Improve hearing protection and reduce hearing loss claims
- Decrease delays
- Reduce turnaround time
- Achieve every flight slot and high on-time ratings
- Improve operational efficiencies
- Improve team effectiveness via proactive, hands-free, full-duplex communication
- Increase flight deck awareness of ground status
- Reduce fuel costs while aircraft is on the ground
All systems are based on hands-free wireless communications headsets that provide hearing protection and support secure full-duplex communication among ground operation team members plus push-to-talk communication with the flight deck. Systems are portable, self-contained, and compatible with existing tractor-pilot interphone connections. Custom systems can be provided to support team communications for other aircraft movements and/or to facilitate training.
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Wireless Pushback Operation Overview
All ground personnel continuously hear the flight deck on open mic, but the flight deck can hear only the tractor operator (on push-to-talk). The wing walkers and tractor operator are in constant communication on open mic, but the wing walkers’ mics are muted when the tractor operator is communicating with the flight deck.
In use, a portable ComHub™ plugs into the standard aircraft interphone connector; no adaptor or customization is required of the aircraft. Secure wireless coverage is available around the aircraft with exceptional 1600 ft. line-of-sight range. The aircraft is protected via a patent-pending Pilot Alert™ warning if the ground crew leaves the equipment attached to the aircraft.