Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms,
names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that
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the terms you may use every day, or an introduction to an aspects
of the Aero-World you may not yet be familiar with. ANN also
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any intriguing terms.
An airport procedure during which an aircraft is pushed
backwards away from an airport gate by external power, when there
isn't enough room for the aircraft to turn around under its own
power (which requires some degree of forward motion). Pushbacks are
carried out by special, low-profile vehicles called pushback
tractors or tugs. Although many aircraft can also move backwards on
the ground using reverse thrust (a procedure referred to as a
powerback), the resulting jet blast or prop wash may cause damage
to the terminal building or equipment. Engines close to the ground
may also blow sand and debris forward and then suck it in to the
engine, causing damage to the engine.