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Questions about usage of mechanical brakes on the wheels for slowing down.

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For large jets, what is the primary means of slowing down after landing?

I understand that a large(r) commercial jet slows down after landing using the following methods: Wheel brakes Reverse thrust Spoilers/flaps/airbrakes What is the effectiveness of each compared to ...
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Do commercial aeroplanes use ABS to brake?

I have read that the wheel brakes on an aeroplane are by for the most efficient means of stopping it. I was wondering whether in low grip situations, such as in rain or snow, an ABS (Anti-lock Braking ...
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Why tap the brakes on take-off in fixed gear aircraft?

The Socata TB10 checklist indicates that you should touch the brakes after lift-off. I assume this is to stop the wheels from turning, but why? In a retractable gear aircraft this would make sense to ...
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What is the advantage of combining the rudder and brake pedals in aircraft?

I've read about several aircraft having their rudder and brake pedals very close together. To me this seems confusing and prone to error. It looks easy to mistake the rudder / brake pedals and ...
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Can the wheel brakes hold an airliner in place if its engines are at full thrust?

Are wheel brakes on most commercial jet airliners capable of holding the jet stationary on a dry surface, if all the engines are given full thrust? Could doing this be potentially unsafe or damaging ...
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What is differential braking?

How is differential braking different from regular braking? How do you accomplish differential braking and why would you need to use it?
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What effect would there be if the brakes were locked at touchdown?

I'm imagining if you had a panicky passenger sitting in the right seat who had both feet firmly on the brakes while landing. Unless you had a crosswind and needed rudder as you touched down it's ...
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When the brakes are checked, what do the firemen actually do?

Watching this video (at 06:58 mark), this plane had just made a mayday landing, due to a bird-strike. Because of the right engine being shutdown, it was forced to land immediately, with a full load of ...
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What is the temperature of the brakes after a typical landing?

On an airliner, what is the temperature of the brakes after a typical landing, and how long does it take to cool down? Is it hot enough that mechanics should wait before servicing an aircraft that ...
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Why do modern jetliners provide Thrust Reversers at all in their design decisions?

Let's start with the following knowns (please correct me if I am wrong about any): The braking force provided by the wheel brakes is much larger than that by the thrust reversers One is not allowed ...
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How do seaplanes do run-up checks without brakes?

Usually on run-up you want to check the response of the motor when changing for example the carb-heat (if existent). At least we did so on my intro flight (yey!). To prevent us from rolling onto the ...
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How do aircraft brake when using skis?

Planes use skis to land on ice/snow runaway. How can the plane brake in such conditions? Friction must be limited to allow takeoff and aerodynamic braking are not the main contributors to the ...
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How much force are large aircraft brakes able to exert?

In a comment left on my answer here Jan Hudec says: Note that usually on dry surface the brakes exert much less force than the tires could handle. This got me wondering how much force large ...
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Would a stationary WWII fighter fall on its nose with full throttle and brakes on?

Would a stationary WWII fighter fall on its nose with full throttle and brakes on? It's a general question, but I am interested in the Republic P-47.
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Why is the drogue parachute jettisoned on the runway?

Why is the drogue parachute of a military plane jettisoned on the runway? Why not drag it to the parking area for safe removal, inspection, and repacking?
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Why are parking brakes not used for parking jetliners?

From the question 'Do I Set the Parking Brake On the Ramp?' it is concluded that you do not set the parking brake when parking the aircraft. The question concerns small aircraft which can be parked ...
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Do parking brakes lock the wheels and airframe together?

(YouTube) Wildcat undercarriage. For planes with non-truck undercarriages, can they be rotated around the lateral axis of the main landing gear with the brakes applied without causing translation? ...
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Is aerodynamic braking really effective?

(YouTube) In the frame above the pilot is pulling back, as evident by the stabilator's position, and this technique is usually cited as a means of slowing down. But wouldn't the brakes have better ...
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How does landing performance differ on water vs. ice vs. paved/grass runways?

It's a follow up from How do aircraft brake when using skis? Can someone give me data about difference between landing distance for each environment ? Paved Grass Water Snow/Ice Any aircraft is ...
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What is Brake To Vacate (BTV)?

Emirates has this feature on many of its A380s. From what I've read, the feature decreases the amount of runway an aircraft uses after landing. It also helps the aircraft achieve a certain exit way. ...
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How does EMAS reduce damage in case of an aircraft overrun?

I saw a report about Mike Pence's plane overrun today on Twitter link: Mike Pence plane overrun photo on Twitter. As can be seen there is huge cracks and breaking of the runway but the plane was ...
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Why is V1 based only on using brakes?

V1 is the speed that an aircraft may abort a takeoff so long as the airspeed is below it, or is committed to flight if it is over that speed. V1 calculations are based only on the brakes (not sure ...