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life of aircraft nose gear because of the additional ATC personnel should be provided familiar- stress. Additionally, the TBLT must disconnect ization of TBLT limitations. from the aircraft near the end of the runway and re- A means of communication with the TBLT turn to the terminal. This return trip represents an operator's company should be provided. additional vehicle on the airfield with which ATC must maintain contact until such a point that the TBLT exits the movement area or can use a vehicle 7.2 Responsibility (See Section 5.3) service road. The flight deck observer will be the primary communicator with ATC while the TBLT operator 6.5.3Procedures will be the secondary communicator. For the reasons described above, TBLT dispatch The flight deck observer may authorize other towing is not a recommended practice. If dispatch personnel in the flight deck to communicate to towing is requested, the operation should be re- ATC on their behalf; however, the flight deck viewed on a case-by-case basis. Airports and opera- observer is accountable to adhere to all ATC tors should apply the towing procedures outlined in instructions. Section 6.3 and monitor the operation to determine The TBLT operator will monitor appropri- if additional regulations are necessary. ate radio frequencies, but will not, however, communicate directly with ATC unless directed by the flight deck observer who has 7Communication communications responsibility during the Effective communication between airport users tow operation. The TBLT operator will act as an extra set of and ATC is a key to safe airport operations. This sec- tion describes communication requirements, respon- "eyes and ears" and otherwise provide addi- tional situational awareness to the flight deck sibilities, and procedures during TBLT operations. observer. As such, the TBLT operator will maintain direct radio contact with the flight 7.1Requirements deck observer and communicate with him/her only as necessary. Towing operations require continuous contact An alternate method of communication with with ATC via an aviation band transceiver ATC (when conditions restrict aircraft battery while in the movement area, whether or not operation for instance), is through an escort in motion. vehicle in direct contact with the control tower Proper aviation phraseology and phonetic and the TBLT operator. The escort vehicle alphabet should be used at all times. would accompany the aircraft throughout the Satisfactory speech is required (radio commu- towing operation (FAA AC 00-65). nication should be made slowly and clearly). Communications will only be of a profes- sional nature and necessary to ensure the safe 7.3Procedures and secure movement of aircraft. The flight deck observer must obtain clear- The TBLT operator and flight deck observer ance from ATC prior to operating on any must always remain in communication with movement area (FAA AC 00-65). each other. The flight deck observer will read back ATC The TBLT operator and the flight deck instructions when appropriate and/or required observer must have the capability to commu- (e.g., "Hold Short of ___," "Roger," "WILCO"). nicate directly with ATC at all times during The TBLT operator will acknowledge ATC towing operations. instructions through read back procedures The tow team must be able to monitor the with the flight deck observer ATC frequency they are assigned to at all Identify TBLT operations to ATC as "Super- times regardless of the person who is in con- Tug {Equipment #}." TBLT operations using tact with ATC. smaller equipment (e.g., TBLTs designed to 10