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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  1. Mike

    Mike17 soat oldin

    Very informative. Bit wheres ya hi-vis capt Joe ??

  2. Louis Huber

    Louis Huber21 soat oldin

    „Im schöne Schwabeländle“ 🥰

  3. dunodisko221

    dunodisko221Kun oldin

    1:52 was getting hit with a jet blast not an issue here?

  4. ZK-APA

    ZK-APAKun oldin

    There's a bit of distance, also its open space so overall jetblast effect won't be significant

  5. Victoria G

    Victoria G2 kun oldin

    i'm from ny, near kjfk, i've seen it a few times

  6. Victoria G

    Victoria G2 kun oldin

    i'd follow the Lambo too

  7. Patrick Bateman

    Patrick Bateman2 kun oldin

    I swear I’d never seen any of these before and now, all of a sudden, I’m seeing them everywhere

  8. dnxtbillgates

    dnxtbillgates2 kun oldin

    Yes, the Smart Fully Automated Routing/Taxi vehicle. The Smart FART.

  9. Matthew Morycinski

    Matthew Morycinski3 kun oldin

    My wife liked the Lamborghini. I would prefer the Soapbox, i mean, Trabant.

  10. Julia N.

    Julia N.3 kun oldin

    Does anyone else finds Captain Joe's laugh endearing?

  11. Ngan Stanfield

    Ngan Stanfield3 kun oldin

    The obscene hen disappointingly rule because sampan greely land like a plain drizzle. luxuriant, irritating lightning

  12. rennnnsemml

    rennnnsemml4 kun oldin

    @captain jo: as you started the vid with "from schönen Schwabenländle" you got me :-D love your videos!

  13. Joseph Stephen

    Joseph Stephen5 kun oldin

    The automatic dream therapeutically sound because pentagon inexplicably wash underneath a enchanted encyclopedia. cloistered, beneficial goat

  14. Meirele

    Meirele5 kun oldin

    6:18 Not your standard marsahaling signals as indicated in Annex 2 of ICAO, but...it does the job! : )

  15. dbitify

    dbitify5 kun oldin

    Enjoyed the video and was surprised to see the Thomson 737 (G-FDZD) which I flew on back in 2014

  16. Jason Sembrano

    Jason Sembrano5 kun oldin

    I thought I heard that in The Learning Channel, where the U-2 has to land bicycle style, since its fuselage is only narrow, than that of commercial and freight aircraft.

  17. linuxares

    linuxares5 kun oldin

    I always thought these were some kind of Pilot taxi. Well now I know more! Thank you!

  18. Weston Harris

    Weston Harris6 kun oldin

    weird nitpick, but the U2 is actually strangely enough still in use today. IDK what the airforce does with it, as its job was replaced long ago, but I guess sometimes you still need a 500 MPH plane to get the job done.

  19. James Bernardino

    James Bernardino6 kun oldin

    Just a note, The U-2 is still currently active in the U.S.A.F., and I believe that NASA may also be operating it as well.

  20. Lance fisher

    Lance fisher6 kun oldin

    Germany is literally better at everything engineering wise and in common sense

  21. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker6 kun oldin

    If Hannover got a Porsche and a R8.. what does Abu Dhabi have? Bugatti and Koenigsegg? Do they have a Follow Me Leopard 2A6?

  22. Jeffrey Kupetz

    Jeffrey Kupetz7 kun oldin

    They have the perfect opportunity to call this a pilot car and they don't

  23. Stealth G35 Infiniti

    Stealth G35 Infiniti7 kun oldin

    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.

  24. Nate Mladek

    Nate Mladek7 kun oldin

    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.

  25. Operator 801

    Operator 8017 kun oldin

    I know Philadelphia has at least one Follow Me car.

  26. liminos

    liminos7 kun oldin

    I hear the U2 ground marshal yelling "terrain - terrain - pull up" just before crossing the runway threshold 😂

  27. Susan Muraguri

    Susan Muraguri7 kun oldin

    Really loving your videos, thank you!....

  28. David M

    David M7 kun oldin

    Stuttgart Airport. I've been there many times. Very familiar with it. Nice to see them getting (and giving) some love!

  29. RickySTT

    RickySTT8 kun oldin

    Lamborghini: the follow me car that consumes fuel as fast as the aircraft.

  30. Tom Corwine

    Tom Corwine8 kun oldin

    lol

  31. Max S.

    Max S.8 kun oldin

    Well a Huracan is nearly identical to the R8, just a different generation to the one shown.

  32. Max S.

    Max S.8 kun oldin

    Do they really still paint them? I thought it was all wraps by now.

  33. Max S.

    Max S.8 kun oldin

    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."

  34. bernard bouzon

    bernard bouzon8 kun oldin

    For your information the huracan is the Current follow me car in Bologna.

  35. bernard bouzon

    bernard bouzon8 kun oldin

    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.

  36. bernard bouzon

    bernard bouzon8 kun oldin

    I'd say Schipol (AMS)

  37. Robbie Kenna

    Robbie Kenna8 kun oldin

    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

  38. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom8 kun oldin

    Reminds me of the wonderful Richard Scarry books and drawings

  39. Mikael Sojka

    Mikael Sojka8 kun oldin

    Your audio is really funky dude. 😋😂

  40. btakesa

    btakesa8 kun oldin

    What a horrible sounding narrator

  41. azazi sarah

    azazi sarah8 kun oldin

    13:00

  42. puellanivis

    puellanivis8 kun oldin

    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.

  43. juliansark

    juliansark8 kun oldin

    I swear instead of "U2" I heard: "Within that car is another UZnick pilot."

  44. Dale Allan

    Dale Allan8 kun oldin

    You’re the best one

  45. Don'tSpikeMyDrink

    Don'tSpikeMyDrink9 kun oldin

    please add closed captions for deaf people

  46. Alan Swanson

    Alan Swanson9 kun oldin

    how do I get this job?!?

  47. Rolf Helder

    Rolf Helder9 kun oldin

    Where to take off? Follow the lamborghini at speed, pull back the stick and raise your landing gear. Goodbeye!

  48. Bobo The mighty

    Bobo The mighty9 kun oldin

    Work on the audio quality plz

  49. OneOmot

    OneOmot9 kun oldin

    Saw this car in racing 🏎

  50. Jon

    Jon9 kun oldin

    Plot twist: the Lamborghini is the actual plane

  51. Klipik

    Klipik9 kun oldin

    I was confused why I'd never heard of these until you said we don't have them in the US 😛

  52. Aroop Roelofs

    Aroop Roelofs9 kun oldin

    Follow Me car: "Follow Me" Pilots: "I think this car has a questline for us"

  53. looneytoons90s

    looneytoons90s9 kun oldin

    8:30 look that he wants a real take off let him do

  54. kreiseltower

    kreiseltower9 kun oldin

    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....

  55. Tomush

    Tomush9 kun oldin

    Goose clip possible most funniest 😂

  56. Blava

    Blava9 kun oldin

    The U2 is still in service.

  57. Khiladi 340

    Khiladi 3409 kun oldin

    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??

  58. John Siders

    John Siders10 kun oldin

    I would think it would be really embarrassing to pull up to the wrong gate !!!

  59. Rooster Cogburn

    Rooster Cogburn10 kun oldin

    How did we maneuver the hallways of junior high/high school much less college campuses...

  60. ChloeLouiseeB

    ChloeLouiseeB10 kun oldin

    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 🤣

  61. WhiteWulfe

    WhiteWulfe10 kun oldin

    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!

  62. Marcin W

    Marcin W10 kun oldin

    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.

  63. Relaxing White Noise Studio

    Relaxing White Noise Studio10 kun oldin

    The best pilot in the world 😘

  64. AviationPilot99

    AviationPilot9910 kun oldin

    😂 i love how the thumbnail has a lamborgini as the follow me car

  65. Ethan's Aviation

    Ethan's Aviation9 kun oldin

    They do exist tho😎

  66. KevinMichaelMichael

    KevinMichaelMichael10 kun oldin

    love the checklist at the end! great video

  67. Escape Reality

    Escape Reality10 kun oldin

    I never seen one 😭 are they in the US?

  68. 88botong

    88botong10 kun oldin

    Lamborghini $200,000 Boeing 747 $240,000,000

  69. Andy Bush

    Andy Bush10 kun oldin

    Great video

  70. Luxcium

    Luxcium10 kun oldin

    First Time ever I heard about such a vehicle ever !!!

  71. mhs vz

    mhs vz10 kun oldin

    Thank you for another excellent video!

  72. king james488

    king james48810 kun oldin

    cuz pilots are dumb and don't know where to go otherwise?

  73. Chris Kästner

    Chris Kästner10 kun oldin

    DUS- Düsseldorf

  74. Elli P

    Elli P10 kun oldin

    '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...

  75. J.D.V films

    J.D.V films10 kun oldin

    lamborGHIni not lamborgini ahah

  76. Alain Archambault

    Alain Archambault10 kun oldin

    I didn't think the airports were still that busy.

  77. fan fan

    fan fan10 kun oldin

    it is Heathrow airport

  78. Emily

    Emily10 kun oldin

    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.

  79. Malcolm Anon

    Malcolm Anon10 kun oldin

    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

  80. Zetanist

    Zetanist10 kun oldin

    Is that a JFK airport? The tower looks similar.

  81. Marco DM

    Marco DM10 kun oldin

    it's LAMBORG-INI not LAMBORJINI 🤦‍♂️

  82. Stupid Comment Of The Week

    Stupid Comment Of The Week10 kun oldin

    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.

  83. Markus Neef

    Markus Neef10 kun oldin

    Grüße aus Stuttgart wusste gar nicht das du von hier kommst haha 😂

  84. Elliot Taggart

    Elliot Taggart10 kun oldin

    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

  85. zog zog

    zog zog11 kun oldin

    "Yellow Orange bright colours"?? really I may a bit colour-blind but I see yellow and black.

  86. femanvate

    femanvate11 kun oldin

    If I had that Lamborghini Tower 0800: please inspect runway Me 0804: completed Tower: what so fast? Me: yes sir inspected it twice

  87. Liz Hedlund

    Liz Hedlund11 kun oldin

    Me: sees airport Me: is that MBS ? Also Me: no why would it be no one knows about it

  88. Que l'ombre d'un Homme.

    Que l'ombre d'un Homme.2 kun oldin

    What

  89. canadarocks8b

    canadarocks8b11 kun oldin

    Seems like million dollar planes should have a Tom Tom or Garmin and the ground control could set up your route and stop areas

  90. Beachtime

    Beachtime11 kun oldin

    What airliner do you work for?

  91. Jochen Schueller

    Jochen Schueller11 kun oldin

    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!

  92. Michele Orbolato

    Michele Orbolato11 kun oldin

    Great video, unbelievably cold there ... eh!

  93. Dan Nash

    Dan Nash11 kun oldin

    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.

  94. toolchesst

    toolchesst11 kun oldin

    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.

  95. Versatile Life

    Versatile Life11 kun oldin

    Munich, i can see the control tower and that big tent thing where the entrance is

  96. Michael Klump

    Michael Klump11 kun oldin

    uh i have never seen this

  97. Muhammed Omar

    Muhammed Omar11 kun oldin

    9:09 lol Ryanair The king of back breaking landings

  98. nettlesoup

    nettlesoup11 kun oldin

    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!

  99. Dennis Adams

    Dennis Adams11 kun oldin

    You are cool

  100. David Saucedo

    David Saucedo11 kun oldin

    You never rlly see these in the states

  101. Sérgio Agostinho

    Sérgio Agostinho11 kun oldin

    Who leads the planes to the stand, is that the assignment of ATC or a specific department?

  102. Kristof Kiraly

    Kristof Kiraly11 kun oldin

    8:23 Strange looking private jet

  103. ubonyele

    ubonyele11 kun oldin

    i have flown so many places in the world, i have never seen a yellow and black car with dots on it

  104. Sarath Chandra

    Sarath Chandra11 kun oldin

    Love from schwabisch gmuend