Profession aircraft marshaller

Aircraft marshallers signal pilots to assist them in operations such as turning, slowing down, stopping, and shutting down engines. They lead aircrafts to their parking stands or to the runway. They also indicate directions to the pilots by driving a "follow-me" car.

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  • Ramp safety requirements

    Thoroughly understand ramp safety requirements and procedures.

  • Dangers of marshalling activity

    Understand the dangers and difficulties that accompany marshalling activity, including noise, dust, ingestions or vehicle collisions.

  • Aircraft marshalling signals

    The arm and hand gestures used to guide aircraft according to official marshalling procedures.

  • Civil aviation regulations

    Know civil aviation regulations, rules and signals, including marshalling signals.


  • Operate follow-me vehicles

    Drive the 'follow me'-vehicle in a safe and efficient manner in order to marshal the aircraft through a designated area.

  • Apply airport standards and regulations

    Know and apply the accepted standards and regulations for European airports. Apply knowledge to enforce airport rules, regulations, and the Airport Safety Plan.

  • Operate radio equipment

    Set up and operate radio devices and accessories, such as broadcast consoles, amplifiers, and microphones. Understand the basics of radio operator language and, when necessary, provide instruction in handling radio equipment correctly.

  • Perform necessary checks before moving aircraft onto stand

    Perform a series of standard checks before bringing aircraft into a stand; check service equipment and check for oil/fuel spills; check activities on adjacent stands, etc.

  • Identify airport safety hazards

    Spot threats related to security at the airport and apply procedures to counteract them in a quick, safe, and efficient way.

  • Work in an aviation team

    Work confidently in a group in general aviation services, in which each individual operates in their own area of responsibility to reach a common goal, such as a good customer interaction, air safety, and aircraft maintenance.

  • Ensure efficient communication in air traffic services

    Ensure the implementation of an efficient communication exchange in air traffic services (ATS) involving airport movement areas. Follow procedures within the network.

  • Execute necessary procedures prior to take off

    Perform a series of actions prior to aircraft take-off; this includes starting the main and auxiliary engines, correctly positioning the chocks, FOD check, unplugging GPU, etc.

  • Comply with air traffic control operations

    Act in compliance with instruction provided by air traffic controllers.

Optional knowledge and skills

handle fuels write work-related reports use ict systems write signalling reports respond to changing navigation circumstances