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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 ...
Thank you very much for your time! I hope you enjoy this video!
Wishing you all the best!

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  • 8:13 is duesseldorf airport

    Boomcrafter_HDBoomcrafter_HDСаат мурун
  • seems unnecessary but I guess it's the ultimate CYA for the airport

    TheCledisTheCledisСаат мурун
  • Dusseldorf airport based on the towe and hangars on that side?

    Tomas SeverynTomas Severyn2 саат мурун
  • Bist du deutscher?

    PromontoPromonto3 саат мурун
  • Es schaut aus wie der EDDL / DUS / Düsseldorfer Flughafen bei kgfilm.info/net/video/zmmetaLPqamDj4k. Der Tower hat Ähnlichkeiten ich war schon ÜBER 10 Jahre nicht mehr dort. @Captain Joe Liege ich da Richtig?

    Bushcraft-Prepper Survival Inh. Alexander BoykeBushcraft-Prepper Survival Inh. Alexander Boyke3 саат мурун
  • Are you from Germany or have you lived there for a while? Your schwäbisch was really authentic

    AufsMaulwurfAufsMaulwurf3 саат мурун
  • Here is the new checklist: Watch every video that he posted

    Pavia DavidsenPavia Davidsen5 саат мурун
  • Wusste gar nicht das das du von Stuttgart bist schön zu hören vielleicht kennst du ja backnag heiningen

    Ludos RegemLudos Regem6 саат мурун
  • that Trabant follow me car is so cool and such a unique piece of history

    PorutacPorutac6 саат мурун
  • No in all seriousness fascinating video thanks for uploading Cpt.

    Jasper GerritsJasper Gerrits6 саат мурун
  • 05:03 Follow me to the french Alps? xDDD

    Jasper GerritsJasper Gerrits6 саат мурун
  • United States 🇺🇸 do communication via headset to ground tower in which giving them alphabetic A,B,C,Z1,Z

    Mike ApilaMike Apila7 саат мурун
  • My ATC friend keeps complaining about this one particular IndiGo pilot who landed twice, two weeks apart, and missed his taxiway and held everyone up both times. I guess Changi Airport needs these cars.

    Drima ChakrabortyDrima Chakraborty7 саат мурун
  • Capitan Joe, do you know Cotton Eye Joe?

    Tezzington SirTezzington Sir8 саат мурун
  • 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 T8 саат мурун
  • kgfilm.info/net/video/yGOqm363saRkm2Q

    Nirmal kumarNirmal kumar9 саат мурун
  • "I'm sure the guys were tempted to perform very fast runway inspections" haha I love that humor :D

    Tom SchwankeTom Schwanke9 саат мурун
    • And some doughnuts at night... Oops I must have slipped the brake...

      Alexander KupkeAlexander Kupke4 саат мурун
  • Thanks joe😊

    chamuditha fernandochamuditha fernando10 саат мурун
  • This guy's accent is harder to understand than a heavy Hindi-Arabic accent

    The PhantomThe Phantom10 саат мурун
  • 헤이 컴온 팔로미카

  • 0:10 Marshaller einfach die hübsche

    Share TenShare Ten13 саат мурун
  • 8:12 I think it's the Hannover Airport. Because of the specific shape of the tower

    TimoPhillipTimoPhillip13 саат мурун
    • That tower is kind of a standard design the DFS uses. I am torn, first impression was Düsseldorf, but I am somehow missing the old tower on top (or actually within) the terminal B building.

      Alexander KupkeAlexander Kupke4 саат мурун
  • 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 Nel14 саат мурун
  • Oh God.You gonna freeze there

    Berent OzkentBerent Ozkent14 саат мурун
  • That BGM, you're gonna tell us an internet history?

    KudosKKudosK14 саат мурун
  • 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 Opinion18 саат мурун
  • 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 Bergstrom19 саат мурун
  • 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 Smith20 саат мурун
  • lol all cars should have that message marquee. "stop tailgating you wanker"

    Aaron SkinnerAaron Skinner20 саат мурун
  • 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 Armes21 саат мурун
  • look up chase cars and the berth of the mustang hehehe

    Dan BritDan Brit22 саат мурун
  • Imagine getting a Dacia Sandero follow me car.

    Alan SohnAlan Sohn23 саат мурун
  • 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. 🙂

    cookmcphersoncookmcpherson23 саат мурун
  • Very good idea the FOLLOW ME CAR !! All big and medium airports should have FOLLOW ME CARS.

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

    homie789homie789Күн мурун
  • 3 years later:tesla roadster becomes a follow me car

    Somoni SakSomoni SakКүн мурун
  • 👍👍👍

    Al AbamaAl AbamaКүн мурун
  • 1:20 that’s the biggest plane traffic jam ever

    Micheal AftonMicheal AftonКүн мурун
  • 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)

    YndostruiYndostruiКүн мурун
  • Here in the states, it is a luxury 😁. Another informative video, thank you Capt!

    azitulaazitulaКүн мурун
  • Would you consider the US Secret Service vehicles around Air Force One in the same category?

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

    Cliff TrimbleCliff TrimbleКүн мурун
  • 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.

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

    Erukanu SenpaiErukanu SenpaiКүн мурун

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

    Taylor BaskinTaylor BaskinКүн мурун
  • The footage is 6:28 is seriously an eye opener! What a video! Just wow!

    typografititypografitiКүн мурун
  • Can we all appreciate he had to do the video at the cold windy runway

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

    ąayuʂh115ąayuʂh115Күн мурун
  • Thanks Capt. Joe. You found me my retirement part time job.. (LOL in ten years)

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

    Steve kSteve kКүн мурун
  • 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 MonsterКүн мурун
    • I've seen them all around Europe and always thought this is standard 😅

      CzarownicątkoCzarownicątko4 саат мурун
  • “Lamborgini” lol

    JuicyGamerJuicyGamerКүн мурун
  • 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 gamingКүн мурун
  • 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.

    Mikosch2Mikosch2Күн мурун
  • The unbiased octagon evidently complete because literature developmentally object aside a bouncy texture. married, uninterested temper

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

    Justus86Justus86Күн мурун
  • never seen this car before

    u commentu commentКүн мурун
  • WHY What are Car Super?

    hype philippines mapper car zonehype philippines mapper car zoneКүн мурун
  • Everyone: Follow me car Lockheed U-2: Follow me, car

    Vladyslav KarasovVladyslav KarasovКүн мурун
  • Very interesting video! Thank you :)

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

    keys-n-stixkeys-n-stixКүн мурун
  • Flight simulator needs this.

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

    VSK121VSK121Күн мурун
  • Thanks very informative video 👍

    Noel ShahNoel ShahКүн мурун
  • Hold on, did he just say lamborjini

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

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

    Dragonx0562Dragonx0562Күн мурун
  • 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 RaviletКүн мурун
  • 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 NokerКүн мурун
  • 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: .........

    patton303patton303Күн мурун
  • Lamborgini. 😣

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

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

      kazzicupkazzicupКүн мурун
  • frozen pilot

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

    Mr. RamirezMr. RamirezКүн мурун
  • 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 GaleКүн мурун
  • The absorbed cheese unintentionally tow because pea gergely hunt across a imminent chicory. hoc, spurious girdle

    지지영선지지영선Күн мурун
  • Thank you Captain good to know. New sub.

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

    Nesten StatonNesten Staton2 күн мурун
  • Did you just say 'lamborgini'

    Levi StraussLevi Strauss2 күн мурун
  • Wouldn't be fun collecting scaled models of all "follow me" cars ?

    Jackson LeeJackson Lee2 күн мурун
  • Captain: let’s address the elephant in the room: how many UFOs have you seen?

    JustinJustin2 күн мурун
  • There is no such thing as a follow car

    Jammie DodgerJammie Dodger2 күн мурун
  • 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 Baechle2 күн мурун
  • I need a follow me car trough Paris 😂

    Robert HorvathRobert Horvath2 күн мурун
  • 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 Karavirs2 күн мурун
  • You should do a video about crossfeeding

    Simon NgesaSimon Ngesa2 күн мурун
  • Love your jacket, can you give me the model please ;-) ?

    Mr FloMr Flo2 күн мурун
  • 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 Infamous2 күн мурун
  • 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 Malaguti2 күн мурун
  • Great Video Joe

    Jupiter Technology 12.000Jupiter Technology 12.0002 күн мурун
  • 👍

    Jupiter Technology 12.000Jupiter Technology 12.0002 күн мурун
  • poor Huracán trotting around in idle all day long 🤣

    Addictive_LiquoriCeAddictive_LiquoriCe2 күн мурун
  • 8:24 that bird's not wanna get out too easy 🤣🤣👌

    Pritam ChakrabartyPritam Chakrabarty2 күн мурун
  • 4:50 That background looks awesome! Like some post apocalyptic scene

    TheMightyKinkleTheMightyKinkle2 күн мурун
  • I want this job!! How do I get this job????

    The DaveThe Dave2 күн мурун
  • Pilots are the most emotional beings on earth. Tell a pilot he sucks, you'll see what I'm talking about.

    Jason MB999Jason MB9992 күн мурун
  • Great video for all us airport/airplane dilettantes!

    Phil HjemboePhil Hjemboe2 күн мурун
  • I would hate to be driving that chase car if the U-2 had to takeoff again for any reasons

    Masriser7Masriser72 күн мурун
  • "Tower, we hit some birds during our takeoff roll" "Affirmative, catering services are on the way"

    Ondřej ČapkaOndřej Čapka2 күн мурун
    • Most underrated comment

      W JW J13 саат мурун
    • Well at least you know it's actually meat then

      Julio GonzoJulio GonzoКүн мурун