What is a BACKTRACK? explained by Captain Joe

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    Have you ever heard that expression ? "We need to backtrack" ? What are they talking about?
    Maybe you have experienced a backtrack on your last flight ? Okay I admit it´s fairly rare. Imagine you land on little airport with no taxiways. There are some out there, trust me. So once the plane has landed it needs to taxi back to the terminal so that you can exit the aircraft. But how, without a taxiway ? The tower controller will say, "FlyJoe123, taxi to parking stand one two via"BACKTRACK" on the runway, and exit taxiway Alpha and Bravo". So the pilot has to perform a 180 degrees turn on the active runway and then taxi back to the nearest runway exit.
    So "BACK" for taxiing back the runway and "TRACK" cause the runway alignment is a track and not a heading. BACKTRACK !

    At some airports the runway is to narrow for the turn, that they have installed turning area, mostly at the end of the runway with a taxi guideline so that the aircraft is clear of any obstacles whilst performing the 180 degree turn. Even aircraft manufactures have procedures published on how to perform the correct 180 degree turn, in order to avoid rolling off the turning pad with the landing gear and to prevent tire abrasion.

    Unfortunately there are a few disadvantages with airports where backtracking is a common procedure. For example in this video you can see that we had to backtrack to end of the runway and turn around for take-off. During that time, the runway is blocked and other aircrafts are unable to land or take-off. This can cause delays during approach as well as for take-off.

    If the runway isn´t equipped with runway centreline lights, backtracking during night operation and bad weather can be hazardous and take up even more time. Also, turning pads can be very slippery in heavy rain due to rubber abrasion and have to be approached with caution.

    In countries like Africa, backtracking for take-off and after landing is a very common procedure, due to rare traffic,there is no need to build an extra taxiway. Also it´s an easy way to check the runway for debris and scare away animals which rest on the warm tarmac.
    At the airport of Funchal on the island of Madeira, they had no other choice than using the backtrack procedure due to geographical environment. There´s no space for a taxiway, obviously if you set up a airport on a vulcano :)
    I hope you enjoyed this video and I´ve answered another aviation related question for you. So give me a thumbs up, subscribe my channel, and if you have further questions don´t hesitate to comment below.
    Thanks for watching and see you next time
    Your captain Joe

    So the next time your sitting in your passenger seat, after landing or prior take-off, and you can feel the aircraft turning 180 degree, it´s most probably cause the pilot had to backtrack or he has taxiied the wrong way, cause that is most unlikely :)
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  • Rajesh Sharma
    Rajesh Sharma 12 दिन पहले

    Joe what are those button in your Boeing 747 yoke

  • Magicclef
    Magicclef 16 दिन पहले

    Sir, please explain the difference between different categories of runway like Cat I, II & III. Why they have different RVR & DH ? What makes them to have different RVR & DH ?

  • Xavier Alfante
    Xavier Alfante 2 महीने पहले

    Joe pls can u explain what happens if a bug hits the engines

  • Zach Tan
    Zach Tan 2 महीने पहले

    Hello captain joe. Can you help give any tips or advice on how to pass your first pilot interview And what will they ask ?

    • A2DJP
      A2DJP महीने पहले

      Zach Tan he has a video on airline assessment

  • Kenisha Gilkes
    Kenisha Gilkes 3 महीने पहले

    country like Africa

  • prem roman
    prem roman 3 महीने पहले

    I am chris and I want to know why do they is the push back truck

    • YouTubeMonitization
      YouTubeMonitization 26 दिन पहले

      prem roman if you asking why they need a push back truck they need it because there is no system to push the planeback and using reverse thrust has not been used since the 90s

  • Alex Bronoco
    Alex Bronoco 4 महीने पहले

    Couldn’t they perform a circling approach in situations like this?

  • Marie BCFHS
    Marie BCFHS 4 महीने पहले


  • Tapasi Ball
    Tapasi Ball 4 महीने पहले

    Joe, please explain that how does navigation display work.

  • SirDarkvain
    SirDarkvain 5 महीने पहले

    In the US, I think it's more commonly referred to as "back taxiing"

  • Hanzala Rehan
    Hanzala Rehan 6 महीने पहले

    28 africans disliked

  • The tounge
    The tounge 6 महीने पहले

    Captain Joe can you do a video about what pilots do in flight when the autopilot is on? Thx

  • Alex Tech
    Alex Tech 6 महीने पहले

    why do i get german text when i watch the video

  • unbibhu edition
    unbibhu edition 6 महीने पहले

    I have heard alot about windshear but I actually don't know what it is. Please help me out. And windtrops to. Help me out Joe.

  • yash gabriel
    yash gabriel 6 महीने पहले

    hello sir this is yash gabriel.
    sir i have a one quation .
    sir why we say it a landing gear.
    sir plwsw explain me .
    thank you sir.

  • Kotta Srinivas
    Kotta Srinivas 7 महीने पहले

    Do pilots glide when landing

    • YouTubeMonitization
      YouTubeMonitization 26 दिन पहले

      Kotta Srinivas no they still use engine thrust if they didn’t they would stall

  • arsenal fan vlogs
    arsenal fan vlogs 7 महीने पहले

    I've got one.
    Why do ryanair only land smooth in crosswinds

  • Luis Perez
    Luis Perez 8 महीने पहले

    2:37 In "cOuNTrYs lIKe aFRiCa" 🤣

  • Jürgen Brenner
    Jürgen Brenner 8 महीने पहले

    There are also some small airports in Europe where backtracking is required, for example Genoa. Smaller planes won't need to, but the larger ones that need the complete length of the runway. There is a turning area at the east end of the runway because there was no space for taxiways.

  • Wesley Njonjo
    Wesley Njonjo 9 महीने पहले

    Joe how do you make a. 180 d turn onthe run way

  • 張傑舜
    張傑舜 9 महीने पहले

    The PAPI Light in the last part shows the plane is lower than the glide slop, why do the pilots keep on landing but not going around?

  • Ashwin Chettiar
    Ashwin Chettiar 9 महीने पहले

    Hie Joe I'm from India.. Can u explain to me what is PDG (procedure design gradient) I have no clue about it

  • Marc Brady
    Marc Brady 9 महीने पहले

    You have to backtrack at some airports in the U.K. Eg- at Leeds Bradford Airport, due to the runway length they backtrack the runway for the full length.
    As captain joe said, some airports have a taxi backtrack turning which LBA does have.
    This Happened on my Monarch A320 flight when we were leaving last year , a few months before Monarch entered administration

  • Haeyl Masnavi
    Haeyl Masnavi 9 महीने पहले

    How dangerous can a Rudder hardover be? and do you get specific training for such an incident as the 747 has a history of having such a problem? @flywithcaptainjoe

  • Priyam Panda
    Priyam Panda 9 महीने पहले

    What are GPSw callouts can you make a video on it I am a huge fan of yours and an aspiring fighter pilot of Indian Air Force.

    • Marc Brady
      Marc Brady 9 महीने पहले

      Priyam Panda This is usually the height of the aircraft and can tell pilots what to do.

  • Agus Prab
    Agus Prab 9 महीने पहले

    capt or CO

  • Williams Emppy
    Williams Emppy 9 महीने पहले

    did you just say in countries like africa suprising

  • Daniel Bernard
    Daniel Bernard 10 महीने पहले

    Good example is the Davao International Airport in the Philippines (RPMD)

    • Marc Brady
      Marc Brady 9 महीने पहले

      Daniel Bernard I think LBA is a good example

  • ghulekar varun
    ghulekar varun 10 महीने पहले

    Hey Joe...Can you give me a clear idea about the "wind triangle"..

  • Teofilo Jr Dalangin
    Teofilo Jr Dalangin 10 महीने पहले

    Hey Captain Joe, may I ask, what is the meaning of letter "P" "D" in flight numbers seen in flightradar24.com thanks..

  • Krish Jain
    Krish Jain 10 महीने पहले

    Captain joe I would like to know how does refuling take place in the air

    • Dylan
      Dylan 9 महीने पहले

      Krish Jain How would he know he isn't a millitary pilot

  • kreston50
    kreston50 10 महीने पहले

    I think i have expierience a backtrack beacuse our airport doesnt have a taxiway

  • AJ Dato-on
    AJ Dato-on साल पहले

    Captain joe make a video on why you always giggle before your intro hahaha jk

  • Bart Daanne
    Bart Daanne साल पहले

    Thanks for the explanation. Was hoping that you would explain as to how a Backtrack is made by engine thrust on the outside only, or all engines little thrust, using break disks on the inside, or making a little speed upfront and let the plane roll out and make the turn.

  • BlueJ_ PlayZ
    BlueJ_ PlayZ साल पहले

    VNKT(KTM) has backtrack procedure.

  • Carley Price
    Carley Price साल पहले

    can pilots fly with a pacemaker or icd fitted

  • saraswathi janakiraman
    saraswathi janakiraman साल पहले

    Please make your videos in 1080p quality.

  • saraswathi janakiraman
    saraswathi janakiraman साल पहले

    Please make a video of all the types of signals available in the airport for flying a plane. Also please explain where the antennas are situated. And the frequency of the signals. You explain very well. Thanks!!

  • PremiumGamerTV // PGTV
    PremiumGamerTV // PGTV साल पहले

    das deutsch subtitle satisfies me

  • Daniel Souza
    Daniel Souza साल पहले

    Joe, can you make a video talking about family (wife n children) as you are a pilot ??

  • Daniel Souza
    Daniel Souza साल पहले

    Happy guy you are Joe! Aways smiling :)

  • blabluble gamer
    blabluble gamer साल पहले

    That happen on my united flight before that flight the pilot said Engine 1 master warning went off but nothing was rong until people came to fix it then my flight went on a different plane and that totaled up of a 3 HOUR DELAY

  • codonbyte
    codonbyte साल पहले

    "see you next time"? I see what you did there

  • sankalp dubey
    sankalp dubey साल पहले

    Hi captain joe please tell us about life cycle of A320

  • Ryan Freistuhler
    Ryan Freistuhler साल पहले

    What are all of the different bells you hear on the planes for?

  • Luis Miguel
    Luis Miguel साल पहले

    LPMA - Madeira (Portugal) airport!!

  • Mohitpal singh
    Mohitpal singh साल पहले

    Sir, Please Tell Me That What Are Flaps When We Have To Change Flap 2 Or Flap Full

    JIM EWIDA साल पहले

    Can you please captain Joe create a video to provide information about which flight school to choose and the entire cost?

  • Zak Lynch
    Zak Lynch साल पहले

    Captain Joe, how does the cabin climate control system of an Airbus work?

  • pastoramarkumar kumar
    pastoramarkumar kumar साल पहले

    how do keep yourself physically fit.

  • Bhavesh Rohira
    Bhavesh Rohira साल पहले

    Good afternoon sir...m a big fan of uas....i would be highly obliged & thankful if u can make a video on the diff grades of aviation fuel,hydraulic fluids & icing and deicing solutions!

  • Tibor Trepper
    Tibor Trepper साल पहले +2

    "Countries like Africa" that's very offensive, Africa isn't a country, its a continent!!!

      UNKNOWN 11 महीने पहले

      This comment is old but everybody makes mistakes i used to call a country when i was a kid

    • Tibor Trepper
      Tibor Trepper साल पहले

      We have countries that are developed and countries that aren't, so stop grouping us together.

    • Tibor Trepper
      Tibor Trepper साल पहले

      South Africa, Kenya, Namibia,... are countries, Africa is a continent and people, mostly Europeans and Americans just group the entire continent as one country, this is very offensive to us!

    • Mr.Panda Gaming
      Mr.Panda Gaming साल पहले

      Tibor Trepper hows that offensive?

  • Kiedis-Haze
    Kiedis-Haze साल पहले +1

    Yeah not rare at all in New Zealand, nearly every airport requires a backtrack

    • Sashin Gopaul
      Sashin Gopaul 3 महीने पहले

      and South Africa (bar Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban).

    • SKBenergy
      SKBenergy साल पहले

      same in the Caribbean :) !!!

  • David Poon King
    David Poon King साल पहले

    Just like Tobago

  • Jorge Hernández
    Jorge Hernández साल पहले

    Thank you!

  • Duster L
    Duster L साल पहले

    I like how at the very end he laughs when saying its unlikely a pilot missed his taxiway... Disconcerting! hahaha just kidding, not disconcerting. But amusing as hell.

  • Bhargav Vishnu
    Bhargav Vishnu साल पहले

    Hellllo joeDoes airplane have reverse brake?

  • Petra44YT Nein!
    Petra44YT Nein! साल पहले

    Wenden in drei Zügen auf der Landebahn ;-)

  • 777 Lover
    777 Lover साल पहले

    Sounds like KLM 4805 which backtracked in Tenerife North Airport Disaster in 1977. Rip 583 in the worst aviation disaster :(

  • Mattys GoPro Channel
    Mattys GoPro Channel साल पहले

    What does remain in the pattern mean

  • chaushb
    chaushb साल पहले

    Diese Untertitel gehen gar nicht. Selbst mit 12, kann man das doch verstehen oder hat genug Interesse und übersetzt es. Die Sprache im Cockpit ist doch auch Englisch.

  • Arjun Malhotra
    Arjun Malhotra साल पहले

    Joe what inspire to you to become a pilot??

  • British-Aussie Lover
    British-Aussie Lover साल पहले

    He's not a native speaker.

  • Hondalover3000
    Hondalover3000 साल पहले

    Dear Captain. I am curious to know. Do all airports around the world have the same name for the runway like CHARLIE for example. Please explain the runway situation where name is concerned.

  • Juan felipe Leyva acero
    Juan felipe Leyva acero साल पहले

    joe you have helped me out a lot but 'coutries like africa' really?

  • LOl Comenting
    LOl Comenting साल पहले

    What about reverse thrust

    • Marc Brady
      Marc Brady 9 महीने पहले

      LOl Comenting what about it? It helps slow the plane down using airflow. I believe captain joe has made a video about it.

  • Josip Ćurić
    Josip Ćurić साल पहले

    In places like africa*

  • Jerome Graham-Record
    Jerome Graham-Record साल पहले

    Backtracking is a regular thing at MWCR via RWY08 (W) and RWY26 (E).

  • Darcy W
    Darcy W साल पहले

    Have you ever had to backtrack once you have landed

    • Marc Brady
      Marc Brady 9 महीने पहले

      Papa Mike 458 I think they would depending on how much runway they used. If they used nearly all the runway they would backtrack and take the next exit available.

  • Mario Chanderbhan
    Mario Chanderbhan साल पहले


  • R Mukhtar
    R Mukhtar साल पहले

    How do you use it

  • R Mukhtar
    R Mukhtar साल पहले

    What is push back in airport

    • Marc Brady
      Marc Brady 9 महीने पहले

      R Mukhtar it’s when you leave a gate. As pilots can’t see behind them a pushback truck basically pushes them back from the gate so they can then taxi to the runway.

  • ZinoZing
    ZinoZing साल पहले

    How do you talk to atc. Can you please answer some summary about this

  • Shen
    Shen साल पहले

    Joe what is flare on airbus a320?

  • Owais Raza
    Owais Raza साल पहले

    Joe, what is takeoff thrust?

  • Sasha Russell
    Sasha Russell साल पहले +1

    My plane did this in Corfu

  • Hélène Tabouret
    Hélène Tabouret साल पहले

    At my local airport, there are taxiways. Still, once, I heard ATC asking a 767 to backtrack the runway. I suppose that's because of weight concerns. The taxiways probably aren't strong enough to withstand bigger planes than the A320s we usually get.

  • hitchhiker42
    hitchhiker42 साल पहले

    2:53 I thought the word "tarmac" was not supposed to be used at airports? You either have runways or taxiways or aprons. News reporters use the term "tarmac" all the time when they really mean "runway" and it makes pilots cringe.

  • Nelsoncalvpeips Thoo
    Nelsoncalvpeips Thoo साल पहले

    What are the the striped tags on your uniform?

    • Marc Brady
      Marc Brady 9 महीने पहले

      Nelsoncalvpeips Thoo its part of the uniform. He has 3 tags so he is a senior first officer and 4 would be captain.

    DASMEN DASMEN साल पहले

    hey, CAptain joe our doing great job by making this kind of videos this more help full to know about aircraft.
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  • Jan Šebek
    Jan Šebek साल पहले +1

    Hey Joe, love videos, love topics u pick, just leave out that fake laugh, just casually smiling is fine, in moments when ure fakelaughing i feel urge to punch u... keep up good work on youtube and in cockpits too ;)

    • Jan Šebek
      Jan Šebek साल पहले

      Captain Joe shame on me than. Sorry!

    • Captain Joe
      Captain Joe  साल पहले

      Jan punch me as much as you want, I don´t fake laugh!

  • ojok brian
    ojok brian साल पहले

    Small correction, Africa is a continent, with many countries, yet again i see below, point has been raised, Great videos though

  • Asis Nayak
    Asis Nayak साल पहले

    Joe.... what r the questions asked by airlines in their interview for fresher's?

  • Claude Scott
    Claude Scott साल पहले

    Is that at SXM airport in st Martin

    • sNovaka
      sNovaka साल पहले

      It's the airport on Madeira Island.

  • Shivani Garg
    Shivani Garg साल पहले

    Hey joe.. we have an airport in India which is TIRUPATI.. There also each plane performs a backtrack...

  • Bruno Cavalie
    Bruno Cavalie साल पहले

    Can pilots have tattoos?

    • Marc Brady
      Marc Brady 9 महीने पहले

      Bruno Cavalie I think so as long as they’re not visible m

  • Team Epiphany Tyler
    Team Epiphany Tyler साल पहले


  • Lalit Majrikar
    Lalit Majrikar साल पहले

    Hey, Joe you rocks! I have questions for you. Do aeroplanes have reverse?(for taxi) And are there are some controls on your foot?

  • morgsplayzminecraft
    morgsplayzminecraft साल पहले


  • Charles Butler
    Charles Butler साल पहले

    What he meant to say was "countries in places like Africa." Just a minor stumble on phrasing as a recording was underway. Under pressure, it happens to every broadcaster. You should hear some of the bloopers TV news crews and politicians make. Joe has navigated everywhere on this planet and certainly knows his geography. Cut him some slack... Even Obama once said on live TV the USA has 51 states. Joe posts excellent videos on a subject we all love to hear about. They are informative and enjoyable, and we look forward to seeing them.

  • Cole Allen
    Cole Allen साल पहले

    Joe I would like to know how pilots apply the brakes on a airbus a320

    • Marc Brady
      Marc Brady 9 महीने पहले

      Cole Allen it’s at the same place as the rudder but you press the brakes.

  • shibu philip
    shibu philip साल पहले

    I meant in VOCI thiruvanamthapuram airport the back track is there

  • shibu philip
    shibu philip साल पहले

    Backtrack is there in tvm airport

  • JonKess
    JonKess साल पहले

    Wenn ich das richtig verstanden habe arbeitest du für AirBerlin diese bluten aber ja gerade langsam aus wirst du dann bei Eurowings arbeiten oder was passiert dann?

  • Philipp Gnech
    Philipp Gnech साल पहले

    In Bremen the Beluga uses a backtrack when departing

  • Starman 737
    Starman 737 साल पहले

    How do they change an aircrafts landing gear tires? (If they do)

  • Awes Yaqoob
    Awes Yaqoob साल पहले

    joe what subjects do you need to become a piolt

  • Sebastian Jacobs
    Sebastian Jacobs साल पहले

    Hey Captian Joe When a plane is on the Apron lets say Gate Bravo 32 And I have to taxi Via Q, A, R To Holding Point Alpha 1 at R32L How do I know where to go from push back and if there a lets say at A there a 2 signs showing Alpha to the left and right how do I know on which direction to go left or right I hope this wasn't confusing:)

  • Jared Gajadhar
    Jared Gajadhar साल पहले +1

    oh ok, we have one of those airports in the regional airport to the rest of the caribbean in the north of our island. That was a nice fact. Thanks for your interesting video, you're definitely helping an aspiring young future pilot. Definitely subscribed!

  • S.Gabriel Hendow
    S.Gabriel Hendow साल पहले

    Good day captain Joe
    Can you explain why do the compressors too far out of the wing please.
    S. Gabriel