VC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3717 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4101 times:
The guidelines I use for taxi-ing for maintenance is, 20 kts max on the straight and a max of 10 kts for a turn (slower if wet). Don't forget the brakes are pretty effective, they are designed to stop a few hundred tonnes of aeroplane from 100+ kts, so stopping a a/c during taxi-ing is no problem. In reality they are too fierce during taxiing.
Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5510 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4054 times:
I was on a jetBlue flight and according to the map, we were doing 25mph. I saw a SW 737 taxiing out at MCO, and let me tell you they were movin! When it went to turn on to the runway, the whole plane wobbled side to side. Pretty funny if you ask me. Airlines like southwest do that because the pilots are paid by the (mile?). So they get from point A to point B asap.
Turbulence From Spain, joined Nov 1999, 963 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4016 times:
I would not be able to assure it, but I read in an aviation magazin that although it might "look" slow, and, the bigger the airplane, the slower the effect -does it have anything to do with Singapore 777's comment?-, the actual taxi speed can be of 100 Km/h (aprox 60mph).
Alitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4776 posts, RR: 44
Reply 10, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3980 times:
I remember one time on a TW 747 in ATH, during taxi, the pilot extended all wing spoilers to slow the aircraft down. It was ages ago, so I dont remember all details (runway/etc) but do remember the wings were a rocking!
HNL747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3958 times:
Most airport taxiways are designed to accomodate taxiing speeds of up to 20mph. When airlines exceed the limit on a consistent basis the pavement is subject to accelerated deterioration and shorter operational life -- this results in higher refurbishment and replacement costs.
Fanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1623 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3931 times:
I have watched a lot of aircraft take off lately from SLC, and I noticed that the aircraft that were taxiing fast were consistantly Southwest. I also noticed that the controllers would often give them takeoff clearence way before they got to the end of the runway. They made the turn onto the active pretty fast and off they went whithout hesitation.
What airports have a lot of high speed taxiways? I noticed last time I was at DEN, we landed and turned off the runway and taxied for what seemed like forever, but we were going really fast along the ground. I'm not totally sure what runway, but it was to the west of the main terminals and we came in from the north.
Roberson From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3930 times:
It seems that Frontier pilots taxi quickly. At MCI prior to departure to DEN, we were cruising down the taxiway and suddenly the pilot slams on the brakes and engages the thrust-reversers to slow the plane. It didn't seem like we were going any faster than usual, though. Guess he was trying to save the brake pads. It was kinda neat, though.
Zoomer From Netherlands, joined Dec 2000, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3911 times:
Southwest are always in a hurry. Sometimes they're going so fast that they run off the end of the runway
Seriously though, you will find that generally those cheapie companies who rely on short turnarounds tend to be the faster taxiers. Didn't help us on my last SWA flight from STL to IND. We spent more time waiting in line for departure at STL than the flight time to IND!!
Afitch7881 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 816 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3860 times:
I might be wrong, but my understanding is that spoilers at the time of landing dont really slow the aircraft down as much as they keep the aircraft down on the runway. They put presure on the plane to keep the plane on the ground and enables it to slow down.
I think I worded it a little wrong, but hopefully you get what I am saying.