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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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  • Joseph Stephen

    Joseph Stephen

    Күн мурун

    The automatic dream therapeutically sound because pentagon inexplicably wash underneath a enchanted encyclopedia. cloistered, beneficial goat

  • Meirele


    Күн мурун

    6:18 Not your standard marsahaling signals as indicated in Annex 2 of ICAO, but...it does the job! : )

  • dbitify


    Күн мурун

    Enjoyed the video and was surprised to see the Thomson 737 (G-FDZD) which I flew on back in 2014

  • Jason Sembrano

    Jason Sembrano

    Күн мурун

    I thought I heard that in The Learning Channel, where the U-2 has to land bicycle style, since its fuselage is only narrow, than that of commercial and freight aircraft.

  • linuxares


    Күн мурун

    I always thought these were some kind of Pilot taxi. Well now I know more! Thank you!

  • Weston Harris

    Weston Harris

    Күн мурун

    weird nitpick, but the U2 is actually strangely enough still in use today. IDK what the airforce does with it, as its job was replaced long ago, but I guess sometimes you still need a 500 MPH plane to get the job done.

  • James Bernardino

    James Bernardino

    Күн мурун

    Just a note, The U-2 is still currently active in the U.S.A.F., and I believe that NASA may also be operating it as well.

  • Lance fisher

    Lance fisher

    Күн мурун

    Germany is literally better at everything engineering wise and in common sense

  • Peter Parker

    Peter Parker

    2 күн мурун

    If Hannover got a Porsche and a R8.. what does Abu Dhabi have? Bugatti and Koenigsegg? Do they have a Follow Me Leopard 2A6?

  • Jeffrey Kupetz

    Jeffrey Kupetz

    2 күн мурун

    They have the perfect opportunity to call this a pilot car and they don't

  • Stealth G35 Infiniti

    Stealth G35 Infiniti

    2 күн мурун

    Back in my Air Force career, we had Follow Me Trucks. Usually a Ford F150 painted blue guiding planes around the tarmac. Some had the duty of collecting the parachutes from the F4 Phantoms when they deployed them while landing.

  • Nate Mladek

    Nate Mladek

    2 күн мурун

    I think the reason we don’t have follow me cars here in America is because we are much more of a ‘here’s a map, have fun’ kind of culture.

  • Operator 801

    Operator 801

    2 күн мурун

    I know Philadelphia has at least one Follow Me car.

  • liminos


    2 күн мурун

    I hear the U2 ground marshal yelling "terrain - terrain - pull up" just before crossing the runway threshold 😂

  • Susan Muraguri

    Susan Muraguri

    3 күн мурун

    Really loving your videos, thank you!....

  • David M

    David M

    3 күн мурун

    Stuttgart Airport. I've been there many times. Very familiar with it. Nice to see them getting (and giving) some love!

  • RickySTT


    3 күн мурун

    Lamborghini: the follow me car that consumes fuel as fast as the aircraft.

    • Tom Corwine

      Tom Corwine

      3 күн мурун


  • Max S.

    Max S.

    3 күн мурун

    Well a Huracan is nearly identical to the R8, just a different generation to the one shown.

  • Max S.

    Max S.

    3 күн мурун

    Do they really still paint them?
    I thought it was all wraps by now.

  • Max S.

    Max S.

    3 күн мурун

    My tenth (or around there) birthday we did a "behind the scenes" tour at our local airport (Hamburg, Germany, fairly small).
    The guide said "and those are the follow me cars. Usually they drive far enough ahead for the pilot to see them. We use the Busses (VW T4 at the time), because their size gives some resonance for a loud crunch when the plane wheel hits us, so the pilots know to back off a bit."

  • bernard bouzon

    bernard bouzon

    3 күн мурун

    For your information the huracan is the Current follow me car in Bologna.

  • bernard bouzon

    bernard bouzon

    3 күн мурун

    Thanks for the video. I took a flight from Vienna to Munich last year and the plane was guided by a follow me car due to low visibilty after landing.

  • bernard bouzon

    bernard bouzon

    3 күн мурун

    I'd say Schipol (AMS)

  • Robbie Kenna

    Robbie Kenna

    3 күн мурун

    I'm a pilot based in Poland flying the 737-800 and every airport I operate in (Katowice, Krakow, Gdansk, Warsaw Modlin, Lodz, Wroclaw, Rzeszow and Poznan) have the follow me service mandatory for all arriving aircraft and some of the airports have the service mandatory for departing aircraft too e.g. Krakow and Rzeszow

  • Tom Tom

    Tom Tom

    4 күн мурун

    Reminds me of the wonderful Richard Scarry books and drawings

  • Mikael Sojka

    Mikael Sojka

    4 күн мурун

    Your audio is really funky dude. 😋😂

  • btakesa


    4 күн мурун

    What a horrible sounding narrator

  • azazi sarah

    azazi sarah

    4 күн мурун


  • puellanivis


    4 күн мурун

    Huh… I imagine with the massive amounts of lift that the U2 can generate (necessary to fly so high up), that it could absolutely land at the speed a fast car can get up to.

  • juliansark


    4 күн мурун

    I swear instead of "U2" I heard: "Within that car is another YouTube pilot."

  • Dale Allan

    Dale Allan

    4 күн мурун

    You’re the best one

  • Truth Witness

    Truth Witness

    4 күн мурун

    Fly by the Bermuda Triangle there should be a follow me airplane

  • Don'tSpikeMyDrink


    4 күн мурун

    please add closed captions for deaf people

  • Alan Swanson

    Alan Swanson

    4 күн мурун

    how do I get this job?!?

  • Rolf Helder

    Rolf Helder

    4 күн мурун

    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

    4 күн мурун

    Work on the audio quality plz

  • OneOmot


    4 күн мурун

    Saw this car in racing 🏎

  • Jon


    4 күн мурун

    Plot twist: the Lamborghini is the actual plane

  • Klipik


    5 күн мурун

    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

    5 күн мурун

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

  • القران الكريم

    القران الكريم

    5 күн мурун

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

  • kreiseltower


    5 күн мурун

    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


    5 күн мурун

    Goose clip possible most funniest 😂

  • Blava


    5 күн мурун

    The U2 is still in service.

  • Khiladi 340

    Khiladi 340

    5 күн мурун

    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

    5 күн мурун

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

  • Rooster Cogburn

    Rooster Cogburn

    5 күн мурун

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

  • ChloeLouiseeB


    5 күн мурун

    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


    5 күн мурун

    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

    5 күн мурун

    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

    5 күн мурун

    The best pilot in the world 😘

  • AviationPilot99


    5 күн мурун

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

    • Ethan's Aviation

      Ethan's Aviation

      5 күн мурун

      They do exist tho😎

  • KevinMichaelMichael


    5 күн мурун

    love the checklist at the end! great video

  • Escape Reality

    Escape Reality

    5 күн мурун

    I never seen one 😭 are they in the US?

  • 88botong


    6 күн мурун

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

  • Andy Bush

    Andy Bush

    6 күн мурун

    Great video

  • Luxcium


    6 күн мурун

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

  • mhs vz

    mhs vz

    6 күн мурун

    Thank you for another excellent video!

  • king james488

    king james488

    6 күн мурун

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

  • Chris Kästner

    Chris Kästner

    6 күн мурун

    DUS- Düsseldorf

  • Elli P

    Elli P

    6 күн мурун

    '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

    6 күн мурун

    lamborGHIni not lamborgini ahah

  • Alain Archambault

    Alain Archambault

    6 күн мурун

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

  • fan fan

    fan fan

    6 күн мурун

    it is Heathrow airport

  • Emily


    6 күн мурун

    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

    6 күн мурун

    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


    6 күн мурун

    Is that a JFK airport? The tower looks similar.

  • Marco DM

    Marco DM

    6 күн мурун

    it's LAMBORG-INI not LAMBORJINI 🤦‍♂️

  • Stupid Comment Of The Week

    Stupid Comment Of The Week

    6 күн мурун

    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

    6 күн мурун

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

  • Elliot Taggart

    Elliot Taggart

    6 күн мурун

    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

    6 күн мурун

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

  • femanvate


    6 күн мурун

    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

    6 күн мурун

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

  • canadarocks8b


    6 күн мурун

    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


    6 күн мурун

    What airliner do you work for?

  • Jochen Schueller

    Jochen Schueller

    6 күн мурун

    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

    6 күн мурун

    Great video, unbelievably cold there ... eh!

  • Dan Nash

    Dan Nash

    6 күн мурун

    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


    6 күн мурун

    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

    6 күн мурун

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

  • Michael Klump

    Michael Klump

    7 күн мурун

    uh i have never seen this

  • Muhammed Omar

    Muhammed Omar

    7 күн мурун

    9:09 lol Ryanair
    The king of back breaking landings

  • nettlesoup


    7 күн мурун

    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

    7 күн мурун

    You are cool

  • David Saucedo

    David Saucedo

    7 күн мурун

    You never rlly see these in the states

  • Sérgio Agostinho

    Sérgio Agostinho

    7 күн мурун

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

  • Kristof Kiraly

    Kristof Kiraly

    7 күн мурун

    8:23 Strange looking private jet

  • ubonyele


    7 күн мурун

    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

    7 күн мурун

    Love from schwabisch gmuend

  • simple gamer

    simple gamer

    7 күн мурун

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

  • MrDolphins6699


    7 күн мурун

    Grüßle zurück aus dem Schwabenländle! :-)

  • sg39g


    7 күн мурун

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

  • Gissie


    7 күн мурун

    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


    7 күн мурун

    Is this service free of charge?

  • NitzzTV Official

    NitzzTV Official

    7 күн мурун

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

  • Niek Beentjes

    Niek Beentjes

    7 күн мурун

    U2 Is still in Service! After 60 years!

  • FeelmyMojo


    7 күн мурун

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

  • Mariusz Chyliński

    Mariusz Chyliński

    7 күн мурун

    Super movie, super fun :)

  • Ashish Gupta

    Ashish Gupta

    7 күн мурун

    all cars on the airport should be 100% electric