Do large and heavy Airliners, Jumbos and Super Jumbos wide bodies included use full thrust for braking when reversers are deployed? What is the thrust setting?

  • $\begingroup$ related: aviation.stackexchange.com/q/3660/1467 $\endgroup$ – Federico Apr 26 '18 at 11:13
  • $\begingroup$ The answers given below don’t really specify how much actual thrust the engine produces when “max reverse thrust” is selected. I have a hunch it is considerably less than full rated “forward” thrust. $\endgroup$ – Mike Sowsun Apr 26 '18 at 15:51

Flight manual procedures and operators‘ policies notwithstanding, they would typically use full reverse thrust when the stopping performance requires so, and idle reverse thrust when not. The latter setting means less wear on the engines and lower noise. The former setting overrides these considerations when safety demands it.


Depends on...
* the manufacturer's recommendations,
* the operator's policies,
* the airport's procedures,
* the Captain's wishes.

A 747 landing in LHR will probably only use Reverse Idle, whereas landing on a classicly-Caribbean airport may go to Full Reverse.

And the A380 only has 2 reversers, so that may affect the policy on that aircraft.

  • $\begingroup$ Unless, of course, the Heathrow 747 is landing on an icy runway... $\endgroup$ – Sean Jun 30 '18 at 14:12

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