# In an emergency, how much runway does an A320 need to stop safely?

From time to time I land at Wellington Airport in an A-320.

The runway has sea at either end and is 2,081m (6,827ft) long.

There's never been a problem but I find landing there a bit nerve wracking (the frequent high winds in the area means just getting the plane over the fence is sometimes a little more exciting that most would prefer).

I imagine that getting the wheels onto the runway as soon as possible is a priority so you can start braking but I wonder in a flat out emergency how much runway does an A-320 need (full of passengers/cargo but not much fuel) to stop if nothing else matters but stopping ?

EDIT: I meant to say I do appreciate that wet/dry runway and head wind strength would influence this quite strongly but I'm just looking a ballpark figure.

• Just to clarify, are you a pilot or a passenger in this context? – Greg Hewgill Sep 11 '15 at 0:39
• You mean Emergency landing or stop the process when taking off like the latest BA2276 case? – Him Sep 11 '15 at 1:07
• @GregHewgill : I'm a passenger and an admirer of the pilots who land at Wellington ;-) – glaucon Sep 11 '15 at 1:58
• @Him I'm interested in landings. The question was sparked by a landing the other night when we seemed to be a surprisingly long way down the runway before we got the wheels on the ground and then there was a good deal of brake/reverse thrust noise. It left me wondering how far down the runway could you be and still not end up in the sea. On Sunday night there was a good strong southerly so I guess that changes the nature of thing as well. – glaucon Sep 11 '15 at 2:03
• Every flight I have been on has used thrust reversal and it makes a huge amount of noise. How much traffic does this airport get. I live here in Denver about 15 minutes away from the airport, and I so wish I could go plane spotting here. An airplane lands like every 45 seconds. – Ethan Sep 11 '15 at 2:18

• From QRH, via this document, question 73: A320 – CONFIGURATION FULL, LANDING DISTANCE WITHOUT AUTOBRAKE Actual Landing Distance, GW 130,000, Dry: 2,920 feet This is the ALR determined during flight tests, security and failures coefficients apply. Note that landing distance is usually measured from a height of 50 ft to the wheels stop. – mins Sep 11 '15 at 12:26