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Dear friends and followers, welcome back to my channel!
So lets take a closer look at the famous follow me car itself. From the outside it definitely stands out with its black and yellow checkered paint job. That‘s the primary reason, to stand out from all other ground vehicles. On the roof you have a set of antennas to receive data link messages and to be able to communicate on all airport frequencies. Then the large infamous „Follow me“ sign which the driver controls from his dashboard and another feature you‘ll see in minute. Some follow me cars have extra bright lights mounted on their roof or bonnet to light up the taxiway or runway during night time operation.
Inside the car, the dashboard with the associated switches. A traffic screen to send and receive messages from dispatch and the mentioned radio to listen to given clearances. Besides standard safety equipment like a fire extinguisher, first aid kit etc. the car comes with an extra set of wheel chocks and these handheld wands, but more about in a minute.
But the primary purpose for what the Follow-Me car is best known for is of course, hence the name „Follow me“. So guiding airplanes around the apron and the taxiways, to or from active runways. If a Follow-Me car is requested upon landing, the driver, who is called a marshaller, will be notified by one of the air traffic controllers in the tower, either on a separate radio frequency or via data link messaging to his monitor. Once he receives and confirms the order, he positions his car where the arriving cockpit crew can see it best once they exit the runway. Then monitors the active ground frequency and waits for you to receive your taxi clearance. Once you’ve read back your clearance only then will the driver turn on his beacon and the “Follow me” sign and expects you to keep up with him and match his speed. Some of the of Follow me signs have arrows which will flash up once the driver uses his indicator, signaling the pilot that a turn can be expected and second now. Some also have a trigger in the handbrake, switching the follow me instructions to Stop!
But see more in the video ...
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Wishing you all the best!

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  • Rolf Helder
    Rolf Helder

    Where to take off? Follow the lamborghini at speed, pull back the stick and raise your landing gear. Goodbeye!

  • Bobo The mighty
    Bobo The mighty

    Work on the audio quality plz

  • OneOmot

    Saw this car in racing 🏎

  • Jon

    Plot twist: the Lamborghini is the actual plane

  • Klipik

    I was confused why I'd never heard of these until you said we don't have them in the US 😛

  • Aroop Roelofs
    Aroop Roelofs

    Follow Me car: "Follow Me" Pilots: "I think this car has a questline for us"

  • القران الكريم
    القران الكريم

    8:30 look that he wants a real take off let him do

  • kreiseltower

    Thank you for this video! @Captain Joe, Since you're based in Luxemburg, you've probably visited Saarbrücken? Have you been at the airport there (probably not with the 747 ;-) )? Funny thing is... as often as I've been at EDDR, there was always the follow me car. And the funny part about this is.. the airport has one runway (for jets), one taxi way and like two apron parking stands. Still always the follow me car 😂😂😂 I find that very hilarious because at big airports like EDDF I barely see a follow me car....

  • Tomush

    Goose clip possible most funniest 😂

  • Blava

    The U2 is still in service.

  • Khiladi 340
    Khiladi 340

    I have one question for those who are seeing this video.... What are the two types of vehicles whose weight has been focused a lot??

  • John Siders
    John Siders

    I would think it would be really embarrassing to pull up to the wrong gate !!!

  • Rooster Cogburn
    Rooster Cogburn

    How did we maneuver the hallways of junior high/high school much less college campuses...

  • ChloeLouiseeB

    Never experienced a follow me car, at our field it’s use the only inbound taxiway, pick some empty grass in front of the hangar, try to avoid the bat shit crazy helis that will try to land on you for no apparent reason, and leave it there 🤣

  • WhiteWulfe

    I'd never heard of or seen such vehicles, however the instant it was described it kind of had that typical "oh, that just makes sense then" that a lot of aspects of aviation have. I have found myself behind standard airport vehicles in the past though - as the coffee delivery guy! First time on a taxiway in a Ford Transit is an interesting experience!

  • Marcin W
    Marcin W

    I used to work as a Marshaller. I remember my first night shift with low visibility. I was terryfied, i couldn't see what was in front of me, it was like 50m visibility. Great that you mention what marshaller is doing on the airport. You should decode all marshaller signs, because most of the GA pilots don't know what we want them to do.

  • Relaxing White Noise Studio
    Relaxing White Noise Studio

    The best pilot in the world 😘

  • AviationPilot99

    😂 i love how the thumbnail has a lamborgini as the follow me car

    • Ethan's Aviation
      Ethan's Aviation

      They do exist tho😎

  • KevinMichaelMichael

    love the checklist at the end! great video

  • Escape Reality
    Escape Reality

    I never seen one 😭 are they in the US?

  • 88botong

    Lamborghini $200,000 Boeing 747 $240,000,000

  • Andy Bush
    Andy Bush

    Great video

  • Luxcium

    First Time ever I heard about such a vehicle ever !!!

  • mhs vz
    mhs vz

    Thank you for another excellent video!

  • king james488
    king james488

    cuz pilots are dumb and don't know where to go otherwise?

  • Chris Kästner
    Chris Kästner

    DUS- Düsseldorf

  • Elli P
    Elli P

    'FOLLOW ME'? Hmm. I remember the 'Fireflash' episode of the Gerry Anderson TV series 'Thunderbirds' where three of the ground vehicles displayed 'LAND ON ME' signs...

  • J.D.V films
    J.D.V films

    lamborGHIni not lamborgini ahah

  • Alain Archambault
    Alain Archambault

    I didn't think the airports were still that busy.

  • fan fan
    fan fan

    it is Heathrow airport

  • Emily

    I've provided a follow me service a few times. I was an airport reporting officer and works safety officer for a small regional airport (YWSL). We were under going mager upgrades and some taxiways were closed. While the nearby military base provided air traffic control for the area, my airport has no tower and as such there is no ground control. Enter the pilots who got a little lost and my plain white utility vehicle with only amber beacon lights and a radio to guide them to their parking. Not a service normally operated at such a small airport, but necessary at the time due to contruction works which I was supervising.

  • Malcolm Anon
    Malcolm Anon

    Good video on an under appreciated part of the airport services - maybe one next for your humble ground crew / turnaround guys, just saying like :) Also nice to your former home supporting your content, here's a shout out to SGT

  • Zetanist

    Is that a JFK airport? The tower looks similar.

  • Marco DM
    Marco DM

    it's LAMBORG-INI not LAMBORJINI 🤦‍♂️

  • Stupid Comment Of The Week
    Stupid Comment Of The Week

    Morning Joe, brilliant video as always! At our airport we also use follow me cars on particular taxiways that don't have any taxiway lighting. If we haven't got taxiway edge and centerline lights during hours of official darkness or LVP's, a follow me will be mandatory to comply with the aerodrome license / manual and regulatory regulations.

  • Markus Neef
    Markus Neef

    Grüße aus Stuttgart wusste gar nicht das du von hier kommst haha 😂

  • Elliot Taggart
    Elliot Taggart

    Captain Joe, you’re the best!!!! From Chicago O’Hare, and Executive Tower. I agree that we need more follow me cars in Chicago! How do we get that in the books? Our winters and outdoor roads & rough and dangerous (Most of the time) You would think that we have a decent amount of emergency vehicles 8-0

  • zog zog
    zog zog

    "Yellow Orange bright colours"?? really I may a bit colour-blind but I see yellow and black.

  • femanvate

    If I had that Lamborghini Tower 0800: please inspect runway Me 0804: completed Tower: what so fast? Me: yes sir inspected it twice

  • Liz Hedlund
    Liz Hedlund

    Me: sees airport Me: is that MBS ? Also Me: no why would it be no one knows about it

  • canadarocks8b

    Seems like million dollar planes should have a Tom Tom or Garmin and the ground control could set up your route and stop areas

  • Beachtime

    What airliner do you work for?

  • Jochen Schueller
    Jochen Schueller

    Kind of ironic that pilots are able to fly all around the world at almost the speed of sound, being responsible for the safety of hundreds of passengers and hundreds of tons of metal which costs millions of dollars to replace and are trained to handle all kinds of unexpected failures that may ouccur somewhere over the pacific ocean, but after a successful manual crosswind landing the most challenging part of the flight exceeds their capabilities and cannot be completed without assistance: The apron. Two pilots are unable to read a map and follow yellow lines and signs, while being guided via radio to their destination. So many turns, left - and right, without prior warning by a flashing arrow sign in front of them? no way!

  • Michele Orbolato
    Michele Orbolato

    Great video, unbelievably cold there ... eh!

  • Dan Nash
    Dan Nash

    I wonder if the local taxpayers know they paid for a $500,000 Lamborghini when a $20,000 Fiat 500 would do the job just as well. If that happened in my area, the local airport commissioners would be kicked out of office.

  • toolchesst

    My father used to fly gliders. The tugs they used to retrieve gliders that had landed all had a follow me sign on the back. Glider pilot humor.

  • Versatile Life
    Versatile Life

    Munich, i can see the control tower and that big tent thing where the entrance is

  • Michael Klump
    Michael Klump

    uh i have never seen this

  • Muhammed Omar
    Muhammed Omar

    9:09 lol Ryanair The king of back breaking landings

  • nettlesoup

    I'm very happy to hear that electric vehicles are being used more these days. I guess in Germany it will more likely be a VW or Audi rather than Tesla for the follow me. But it will be cool to see any of these next time I fly!

  • Dennis Adams
    Dennis Adams

    You are cool

  • David Saucedo
    David Saucedo

    You never rlly see these in the states

  • Sérgio Agostinho
    Sérgio Agostinho

    Who leads the planes to the stand, is that the assignment of ATC or a specific department?

  • Kristof Kiraly
    Kristof Kiraly

    8:23 Strange looking private jet

  • ubonyele

    i have flown so many places in the world, i have never seen a yellow and black car with dots on it

  • Sarath Chandra
    Sarath Chandra

    Love from schwabisch gmuend

  • simple gamer
    simple gamer

    *jet fighter is taking off* gets the bugatti veyron follow me car

  • MrDolphins6699

    Grüßle zurück aus dem Schwabenländle! :-)

  • sg39g

    An Lamborguini follow-me-car. Follow me... if you can!!!

  • Gissie

    we used to go from München in days when it was like 100m track just one long corridor.! Stuttgart hour away. from us too. it's got abbreviation for Adenosine Triphosphate on its side ATP.wheres the frying pan style airfield we were told about in ATC? Good idea. double decker bus would be hilarious. couldn't miss that. do they ever clean tyre marks off?

  • ferjelo

    Is this service free of charge?

  • NitzzTV Official
    NitzzTV Official

    why is that one screw so small? captain joe : Do you have an hour to spare?

  • Niek Beentjes
    Niek Beentjes

    U2 Is still in Service! After 60 years!

  • FeelmyMojo

    HAJ had an Audi R8 :) but i dont see it anymore

  • Mariusz Chyliński
    Mariusz Chyliński

    Super movie, super fun :)

  • Ashish Gupta
    Ashish Gupta

    all cars on the airport should be 100% electric

  • Nacho Chitiu
    Nacho Chitiu

    You forgot to mention the magnificent world acclaimed Trabant! How DARE you (min 11:53)!! :D :D


    what mic you use please reply

  • David P
    David P

    After your video i would love to do the job in a follow me car. :)

  • SH Emon
    SH Emon

    Would you please tell me what does ' vertical speed ' means?

  • Luis Da Costa
    Luis Da Costa

    Another funny fact: Captain Joe isn’t really a captain. 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • TechPorkChop

    Yeah Tap Portugal lol


    It’s a free service ?

  • George Prout
    George Prout

    I'm surprised they don't use mercedes, they showed at le mans 1999 that they too can achieve Vr

  • jpsum

    JFK T4 offers follow me service within T4’s ramp. You have make the request on their ramp frequency.

  • Boomcrafter_HD

    8:13 is duesseldorf airport

  • TheCledis

    seems unnecessary but I guess it's the ultimate CYA for the airport

  • Tomas Severyn
    Tomas Severyn

    Dusseldorf airport based on the towe and hangars on that side?

  • Promonto

    Bist du deutscher?

  • Bushcraft-Prepper Survival Inh. Alexander Boyke
    Bushcraft-Prepper Survival Inh. Alexander Boyke

    Es schaut aus wie der EDDL / DUS / Düsseldorfer Flughafen bei irbin.info/loft/fy-lm-h-y/nZyggZ7O1KuGvYc.html. Der Tower hat Ähnlichkeiten ich war schon ÜBER 10 Jahre nicht mehr dort. @Captain Joe Liege ich da Richtig?

  • AufsMaulwurf

    Are you from Germany or have you lived there for a while? Your schwäbisch was really authentic

  • Pavia Davidsen
    Pavia Davidsen

    Here is the new checklist: Watch every video that he posted

  • Ludos Regem
    Ludos Regem

    Wusste gar nicht das das du von Stuttgart bist schön zu hören vielleicht kennst du ja backnag heiningen

  • Porutac

    that Trabant follow me car is so cool and such a unique piece of history

  • Jasper Gerrits
    Jasper Gerrits

    No in all seriousness fascinating video thanks for uploading Cpt.

  • Jasper Gerrits
    Jasper Gerrits

    05:03 Follow me to the french Alps? xDDD

  • Mike Apila
    Mike Apila

    United States 🇺🇸 do communication via headset to ground tower in which giving them alphabetic A,B,C,Z1,Z

  • Drima Chakraborty
    Drima Chakraborty

    My ATC friend keeps complaining about this one particular IndiGo pilot who landed twice, two weeks apart, and missed his taxiway and held everyone up both times. I guess Changi Airport needs these cars.

  • Tezzington Sir
    Tezzington Sir

    Capitan Joe, do you know Cotton Eye Joe?

  • Manish T
    Manish T

    Captain Joe Love from India ❤️. Please do a video on why car's will follow behind the lockheed U2 at the time of landing and why does it have only 2 landing wheels.

  • Nirmal kumar
    Nirmal kumar


  • Tom Schwanke
    Tom Schwanke

    "I'm sure the guys were tempted to perform very fast runway inspections" haha I love that humor :D

    • Alexander Kupke
      Alexander Kupke

      And some doughnuts at night... Oops I must have slipped the brake...

  • chamuditha fernando
    chamuditha fernando

    Thanks joe😊

  • The Phantom
    The Phantom

    This guy's accent is harder to understand than a heavy Hindi-Arabic accent

    • Jochen Schueller
      Jochen Schueller



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  • Share Ten
    Share Ten

    0:10 Marshaller einfach die hübsche

  • TimoPhillip

    8:12 I think it's the Hannover Airport. Because of the specific shape of the tower

    • Alexander Kupke
      Alexander Kupke

      That tower is kind of a standard design the DFS uses. I am torn, first impression was Düsseldorf, but I am somehow missing the old tower on top (or actually within) the terminal B building.

  • Adrian Nel
    Adrian Nel

    Using a two-door sports car as an FMC is just stupid. It's low, and the cockpit is small which means that the operators struggle to get in and out. It's not designed to run primarily at low speeds. There is less space for equipment. Oh, and they are more expensive, on top of it. A VW Kombi is a far better option.

  • Berent Ozkent
    Berent Ozkent

    Oh God.You gonna freeze there

  • KudosK

    That BGM, you're gonna tell us an internet history?