This is a problem, that I have encountered many times with pilots not knowing the difference in the lines. I think most pilots just don`t use common sense, and just seem to take the realism of the simulator into account. Today I was sitting at my gate when this pilot decided to go ahead a pull up into the B gate next to me when there was obviously no room, and me being in a 737, and him in a 777, he went ahead and just decided to collide with me.
Lets first take a look at the diagram and airport itself.
As we can see in the photo, gates are in close relation to each other. Now, as we take a look at a couple more photos, I want to point out something
In the photos, we can see that the pilot is taxiing on a dashed centerline, and striking my aircraft, while i am parked on a solid centerline. Well, most pilots don`t know the meanings of having a dashed centerline compared to a solid line, so here is the run down.
If you come across a gate that has a dashed centerline and a solid centerline, that typically means that there are two gates, under the same number. ex: “C7” and “C7A”. Typically this dashed centerline intersects with the solid centerline, but not always. Having a dashed centerline means that you are on the centerline for the A, or B gate. “C7” and “C7A” ARE NOT TWO SEPARATE STANDALONE GATES. If you are on the solid centerline this means you are on the centerline for the “main” gate such as “C7”. These markings can be seen at many airports such as Heathrow and many more and is used for parking aircraft of different sizes. Here is a diagram for reference.
These types of gates are usually called “Aircraft Envelopes”. Overall, pilots please use common sense, and happy flying!