So, I open LEAL, and I’m 0 for 3 on pilots figuring out how to get out of their stands. I give up.
Don’t go by habit alone. Look around you.
If there’s a big yellow taxi line straight ahead out of your stand that then merges into the main taxiway…take it. Don’t pushback into nowhere just because you always pushback. Don’t spin like a top in your stand. Take the obvious path. Maybe it’s different from normal, but it’s okay to spend a couple seconds looking around and formulating a plan.
And if you are in one of the few spots that require a pushback, “pushback approved” means just that I heard you ask for taxi. It’s just you can’t taxi from that spot.
Taxi means you can taxi straight forward to a taxiway. It does not mean any way you feel like twirling around across grass and stands is okay.
While I’m here:
Please do not pushback into the main, sometimes only, taxiway to the runway. There are reasons the ramp is separated from the taxiway at airports.