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Metering? What Does It Mean And Do?

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Hi all, A couple weeks ago I took a flight from Minneapolis St. Paul to Chicago O'Hare and listened in on the whole flight. It's because I took an United Airlines flight and they had ATC on one of their channels. It was great! Any way, when we pulled into O'Hare in the United alley, I heard a whole bunch of aircraft call up metering. For example, "Metering, United 792 at gate charlie 7 with november..." And then metering would say, "United 792, metering, monitor ground on 21.9 good day." Anyone know what metering actually does for the aircraft? I'm sure there is a simple answer, but I'd just like to know. Thanks in advance.Maul

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Simply put metering just regulates the flow of aircraft off the gates so ground does not get too congested. Its like a heads up to the ground controller just in case. When metering is in effect its usually due to a heavy push time or weather problems on some of the departure routes. Im a pilot for Delta and some places, like Chicago, Boston, and sometimes Atlanta will implement this fairly often. In a few airports its standard procedure to do this prior to talking to ground for taxi.Hornit

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Awesome, thanks for your answer. Great to know it came from a real world airline pilot!Maul

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They have ATC on one of their channels? I'm flying tommorow on United. What channel is it?

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It's channel 9. They didn't plug it in on any of the (two) United flights I've been on though... :-(Martin767 fetishistIt's a lot like life and that's what's appealing

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