Aircraft Marshalling and Ramp Hand Signals with RampVR (classroom)



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About the course

1-day (8 hours) classroom course

IATA Aircraft Marshalling and Ramp Hand Signals with RampVR aviation training course

Learn the fixed-wing aircraft marshaling and ramp hand signals based on the IATA Standards in the Airport Handling Manual (AHM) and IATA Ground Handling Manual (IGOM). In this 1-day course, you will also learn the principles of ramp communications between the ground and cockpit crew. Participants will be able to perform fully their practical training with the use of RampVR™, the latest virtual reality training solution for ground operations. RampVR™ is designed for ground operations professionals and combines high-spec virtual reality hardware and software with IATA training. RampVR™ complements the theoretical knowledge with effective practical training in a very realistic environment, without disrupting active operations on the ramp. It allows you to generate a variety of scenarios on narrow-body and wide-body aircraft marshalling. It also simulates day and night operations as well as adverse weather conditions and includes pause and review “operations” so details can be checked or explained.

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Course Code: TAPG-06

Course format


  • Recommended level is Entry-level and Intermediate.
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

How to register

In-house training

To arrange in-house training for your company, please complete the in-house training request form or contact the Training Specialist in your region.

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

What you will learn

Upon completion of 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

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

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


  • RampVR™ training - hands-on in virtual reality with actual marshalling of aircraft:
    • Wide body and narrow body
    • Day and night ops
    • Clear and low visibility conditions

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

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

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.

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