Date: 09 May 97 03:29:01 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kim Hackett) Organization: Your Organization References: 1
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>I noticed when I landed at Kai Tak in a CX B747-400 that the pilot >used the thrust reversers to slow down the aircraft. > >When continuing with CX to Frankfurt the same aircraft this time only >used air brakes (and probably wheel brakes) in order to slow down. > >I would imagine that air braking is more gentle to the >aircraft superstructure. That's why it is used whenever >possible. > >Are there other rules except for runway length that decides which >braking technique to use? I would guess that reverse thrust uses fuel; while the spoilers/speedbrakes operate at no cost.