Aircraft Towing: 8 Tips for Beginners

April 25, 2024
Pete Johnson of Aero Specialties advises take it one step at a time, prioritize safety and don't hesitate to seek assistance when needed.

Safely towing aircraft is essential to operations at an FBO. Handling an expensive aircraft safely can be overwhelming to new members of the ground handling industry.

According to Pete Johnson, director of sales and service, Americas, Aero Specialties, anyone learning to tow aircraft should keep these eight tips in mind:

  1. Safety is paramount, prioritize it above all else.
  2. Understand your equipment.
  3. Communicate clearly with your team.
  4. Stick to established procedures.
  5. Stay patient.
  6. Remain alert to your surroundings.
  7. Seek guidance from experienced colleagues as you learn and grow in this essential aspect of ground handling operations.
  8. Remember towing aircraft is a skill that improves with practice and experience.

“Take it one step at a time, prioritize safety and don't hesitate to seek assistance when needed,” advises Johnson.

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Rebecca Kanable | Assistant Editor

Rebecca Kanable, a veteran journalist, joined Endeavor Business Media's aviation group in 2021. She has worked for various publications, including trade magazines and newspapers.

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