Push-back

At many aerodromes where large aircraft operate, the aircraft are parked with the nose towards the terminal and have to be pushed backwards by tugs before they can taxi for departure. Requests for push-back are to be made according to local procedures.

APRON FASTFLY 123 STAND 17 REQUEST PUSH-BACK

FASTFLY 123 PUSH-BACK APPROVED

or

FASTFLY 123 STAND BY. EXPECT TWO MINUTE DELAY DUE TO…

The following phraseology should be used by the pilot and the ground crew to coordinate the push-back.

READY FOR PUSH-BACK

CONFIRM BRAKES RELEASED

BRAKES RELEASED

COMMENCING PUSH-BACK (…)

PUSH-BACK COMPLETED, CONFIRM BRAKES SET

BRAKES SET: DISCONNECT

DISCONNECTING, STAND BY FOR VISUAL AT YOUR LEFT

ROGER

When the manoeuvre is complete, the ground crew gives the pilot a visual signal indicating that the aircraft is free to taxi. If the pilot wishes for any reason to stop the manoeuvre at any stage, the phrase “STOP PUSH-BACK” should be used.