Aircraft Ramp Safety and Basic Marshalling – Theory & Practical Course – 1 Day


The role of the Aircraft Marshaller is an important element in managing the aircraft in the vicinity of the ramp. The aircraft Marshaller provides the essential visual link to assist the flight crew in positioning the aircraft correctly.

The responsibility for the safe operation of the aircraft on the ground rests with the flight crew, however, the ground crew including Marshaller has a duty of care to provide the flight crew with the correct guidance information.

In addition, it ensures that the possibility of accidental damage is mitigated with the use of best-practice behavior at all times.

The usual equipment of a Marshaller is a reflecting safety vest, a helmet with acoustic earmuffs, and gloves or marshaling wands, handheld illuminated beacons.

The Training is designed to raise awareness of all organizational elements of Ramp Safety and to consider the various challenges which face by Marshallers.

This training uses best practices related to IATA Airport Handling Manual and ICAO.

Who is the course for?

The course is intended for aviation professionals, ground handling staff, and ramp operators who are directly involved in aircraft operations on the ramp. It caters to individuals seeking to enhance their understanding of ramp safety procedures, improve their ability to communicate with pilots through marshaling signals and ensure a safe working environment on the aircraft ramp.

What is the Benefit of this Training – What will I learn?

The participants will gain knowledge and practical skills related to aircraft ramp safety and basic marshaling procedures. This course is designed to equip aviation professionals, ground handling personnel, and ramp operators with the necessary expertise to ensure safe aircraft movements, effective communication with pilots using marshaling signals, and adherence to ramp safety protocols.

Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed (AM) 4 Hours Theory (PM) 4 Hours Practical 

Contents Theory

– Abbreviations
– General Introduction – Ramp Safety
– Introduction to Marshalling equipment, gloves, wands, etc
– Aircraft hazard areas
– Technical inspection of equipment
– F.O.D. check, aircraft arrival Inspection
– Marshalling techniques, risk assessment, and local procedures
– Actions in the event of an Emergency
– Connection of ground power unit to the aircraft
– Communication with the aircraft crew
– Aircraft stopping guidance
– Engine Numbering
– Aircraft Marshalling Signals

Contents Practical

– Aircraft Marshalling Signals practice under observation
– Aircraft Maneuvers (simulated) Marshalling  under observation

Each delegate will personally practice for 30 to 45 minutes watched and supported by fellow delegates limited to 6 to 8 persons per practical training of approx 4 hours.

(Theory may be taken as a stand-alone course, Practical (Part 2 Course) must include Part 1)

Target Groups 

This training is suitable for Airport personnel involved in aircraft marshaling in accordance with ICAO and IATA requirements.
In addition, it is suitable for Operator Ground Staff or Quality Assurance Staff who need to have a comprehensive understanding of the Ramp Processes


A background in airports environment.

Learning Objectives 

This training is intended to provide guidance on how to meet aircraft in accordance with ICAO and IATA requirements.

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“The length of the course fits my needs and expectations.”
“The content was really effective, I gained a lot of new knowledge.”
“The practical examples were perfectly delivered.”


1 day  – Start at 09.00 and finish at 17.00, with appropriate refreshment breaks.

To register for this training, please email or Call +359 28210806.

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