Maximum brake application

Returning from Holland late on Friday, the flight was delayed an hour (due to a late inbound), which resulted in arriving at Edinburgh after the main runway (06/24) was closed for scheduled maintenance. The co-pilot explained this en-route, and noted that we’d be using the shorter runway and hence maximum auto-braking. Approach was over the Firth of Forth, with a smartish touchdown (floating would have been profoundly bad, probably instant go-around time), and pretty dramatic braking, especially when the flare finished.

Conclusion: a 737 can stop really, really quickly if it needs to.

Posted Monday, October 15th, 2007 under aviation.

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