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Aircraft Marshalling and Ramp Hand Signals (Classroom, 1 day)



Learn the aircraft marshaling and ramp hand signals based on the IATA standards in the Airport Handling Manual (AHM) and IATA Ground Handling Manual (IGOM).

This course covers the principles of ramp communications between the ground and cockpit crew. It is only offered on request as in-company training.

Available as: In-Company course
Duration: 1 day (8 hours)
Recommended level: Entry-level and professional
Prerequisites: None

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Perform basic marshalling based on international standards
  • Communicate with cockpit crew
  • Promote safe operations at the ramp through efficient hand signal communications 
  • Use hand signals to communicate in ramp emergency situations

Course content

  • Introduction to standards
  • Background to marshaling signals
  • Movement signals
  • Technical signals
  • Ground equipment signals
  • Practical exercises on the ramp

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Ground handling staff
  • Turnaround Coordinators
  • Ground Service Equipment (GSE) Operators


Additional information

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