Hi fellow peepo!
So, I was at SFO the other day, I’d just arrived from Newark on United, and I saw gates F1-F4 and I was wondering to myself, how do you push back from those gates? They are basically at the end of the taxiway, so I suppose it would be hard to turn around to face the right direction. Do they just go the whole way and then turn around at the intersection?
Asking for realism for the next time I fly out of SFO.
Hi fellow peepo!
Ohh snap sorry, I read that as F-14 not F 1-4 I’ll get back to you on that
You can pushback onto the space between the two main taxiway centerlines and start your engines from there. Following that, just turn and taxi using the centerlines. The space I’m referring to is pictured below in the red square. This is what I’ve seen them do in the real world and is, to my knowledge, a common practice with this type of gate (see Oakland’s Southwest terminal for instance). Other times, pilots will push back onto the centerline connected to their gate and then turn and taxi on the other adjacent line.
Okay gates F1-4 aren’t that tricky at all, I think pushbacks that take place at these gates are 180 degrees just about. In this case the Tow/tug would begin to push the plane back. And once they clear the gate area stuff they begin a left/right turn facing the airplane towards the West which would be the result of roughly a 180 degree turn
After looking at lucaviness’s map, I guess you can just pushback straight behind then do all your normal stuff, and then you can make a 180 turn to either taxiway. I may be wrong so… maybe someone can confirm this?
Basically what Noah said without the tow trucks for the 180 turn.
Sometimes you have to just push all the way back. Like at Sea Tac, gate D11, we had to push all the way back like this to be able to get out.
I’ve left from that sea tac gate irl and that’s what we did
Same, on American SEA-CLT
Mine was SEA-ORD aug 31 2021
I’ve done something similar with Alaska but it was with D1/2 to the main taxiway around the N satellite