What is the 'official' job title of...

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What is the 'official' job title of the person who guides in a pilot to the parking stand once he's landed, using those baton thingies? We're just discussing it here at work and we can't find a reference to a job title/description anywhere - only to ATC'ers Ta.....
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They were "marshallers" when I was a lad. :)

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Used to be Marshaller. Now could be "ramp superintendant " or something equally eloquent.
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Ummm... I think you might me talking about a marshaller Andy
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B****r - three replies all in the same minute! A
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Now could be "ramp superintendant " or something equally eloquent.
Ramp superintendant??? :eek: Never heard such politically correct non-sense! :rolleyes: Next, they'll be calling them "the fat controller"! :D Marshaller I say.

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Ramp superintendant??? :eek: Never heard such politically correct non-sense! :rolleyes: Next, they'll be calling them "the fat controller"! :D Marshaller I say.
:D :D .... well I'm fat,and I marshal at various light aircraft fly-ins so I guess,for me,both apply Colin Oxfordshire Aviation Group www.communigate.co.uk/oxford/oag [email]oxfordshireaviationgroup@yahoogroups.com[/email] Abingdon Fayre Air & Country Show www.abingdonfayre.com
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In the US the position is called a "ramper". The ramper guiding the airplane in is referred to as a marshaller. Rampers is a profession that has many jobs (marshaller, wing walker, baggage handler, ground crew, etc.). I don't know if that helps.
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I always thought they were "ramp rats"!

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Happy to be corrected here, but I believe at BAA airports marshalling is just one of the tasks carried out by 'Airfield Operations' a BAA department the name of which pretty much covers what they do. I don't know of any UK airlines who have their own marshallers. 1L.
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With the wider introduction of Gate allignment systems and mirrors the need for marshallers is reducing. Ive seen at airports the Operations jeep drivers marshall aircraft onto remote stands but thats about it.

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We have one on GD (Arm waver), why don't you pop over and ask him
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Usual score in Uk is the Airfield Safety Officer (driver of the follow me van) does the marshalling and is thus referred to as "The Marshaller". In the continent the Marshalling is conducted by the handling agent's Ramp Supervisor, rather than the airfield, however he is still referred to as the Marshaller!
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Just to throw my idea into the mix, but are they not called a 'dispatcher'?

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It varies from airfield to airfield. "The Marshaller" use to do it but these days it is usually a Ramp Agent but for some smaller companies this could also be the engineer! ATC will still tell the pilot to follow "The Marshaller" however.
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You all seem to be arguing over who does the marshalling as opposed to the name. Yes, they are called marshallers and yes, the marshalling can be done by different people dependant on where in the world, or for that matter where in the UK you are. I think only Reed Aviation (EZY handlers) have their dispatchers marshalling. Other companies hold their dispathers in too high regard and too valuable to be doing anything other than dispatching.

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You all seem to be arguing over who does the marshalling as opposed to the name. Yes, they are called marshallers and yes, the marshalling can be done by different people dependant on where in the world, or for that matter where in the UK you are. I think only Reed Aviation (EZY handlers) have their dispatchers marshalling. Other companies hold their dispathers in too high regard and too valuable to be doing anything other than dispatching.
Wrong, the question was what was his "job title". Therefore who does it has relevance because if a "Dispatcher" does it then his job title is not "Marshaller". ;)
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There's got to be more to life than this...
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Well said Wysiwyg. Take a chill pill Mpacha. If they are guiding aircraft by means of batons they are marshallers to all around them at that time. 'Nuff said!