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    Why so slow?

    Just as an observation from the tower, why do the majority of AA aircraft taxi slower than other operators? And why are pilots in general moving slower when cleared for departure? You almost never see an aircraft turn the corner and keep rolling anymore. Is it a safety thing? And it has become near impossible to get a/c closer than 3 miles on successive departures. With the RNAV departure if the flight tracks are split we can run 6000 and airborne.

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    Re: Why so slow?

    Most of the time it depends on the approved checklist and cockpit procedures deemed necessary by the company, and in GA, varies greatly by aircraft.

    Our company operates 6 of the same aircraft, but different variations of that aircraft have different taxi checklist items on the "approved" checklist. Also, the first flight of the day takes more time to run through during the taxi from ramp to runway.

    Line up checks are the same way. When cleared for departure or cleared to line up and wait, you run through another section of the checklist that is meant to conserve lights, heaters, ice protection, ignitions, etc until absolutely necessary. Then you get to do all of the verifying of instruments (on the right heading, seeing the right runway number on the pavement, etc.) that are mandated by your company SOP.

    THATS why it takes forever! :)

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    Re: Why so slow?

    So what are the most probable method in order to remind it?

    australia air charter

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    Re: Why so slow?

    AA has been doing that for decades.... I retired in '03 after 32 yrs ATC . When I was at CVG , I visited BNA twr in '75 . One of the BNA
    controllers asked me if I had ever noticed AA deviating around small puffy clouds that anyone else would fly through without batting an
    eye .... I knew exactly what he was talking about . I once cleared an AA 727 for takeoff , with an AA 707 on 6 mile final (the 727 was
    right at hold-short line) . The 727 took his sweet-ass time , I tried to get him to get it rolling with the 707 was on 3 mile final ... had to
    send the 707 around , as the 727 was about 1/3 down the runway . I kept 707 in the pattern , he asked what freq the 72 would be on ,
    I told him , and while he (707) was on downwind leg , I tuned in the dept freq on a gonset , and after the 72 checked in with dept , the
    707 capt called the 727 capt and chewed his ass out , right there on 119.7 mhz . The 72 capt never responded , but I'll bet his ass was
    red !!!

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    Re: Why so slow?

    American's company policy is to not taxi faster than a brisk walk.

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    Re: Why so slow?

    No clue if it's true, but I've heard AAs taxi called the Crandall Crawl. So the story goes the pilots took pay cuts and as pilots are only paid when away from the gate, the Super slow taxi made up for the cuts.

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