Norbert From Germany, joined Jun 2001, 57 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 9231 times:
I'm sorry if this question may seem a little naive, and I already searched the forum for a similar question, but how/where are the brakes on this plane.
For example: The pilot is taxing around the airport and he/she is approaching a turn where they need to slow the plane in order to make a smooth turn. How do they do that? Is this all controlled by the parking brake lever/switch??
Bio15 From Colombia, joined Mar 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 9178 times:
Not only the 737 but on most, if not all, aircraft the brakes are the rudder pedals. The way in which you depress the pedals determines if you are inputing rudder, or brakes. Bringing your toes down against the pedals makes them lean foreward which means you are braking. Pushing with your heels will slide the pedals one foreward one backward which means you're working on the rudder. You can brake on one pedal for differential braking, but you can't press both pedals for rudder.
ERFly From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9138 times:
Most airlines want you to apply the parking brake if you stop for any amount of time while in line for takeoff.
If a pilot was to slightly slip off the brakes, it could be a real mess. Some airplanes, like the B757/B762 will start rolling without even applying any thrust. Its always a good habit to set the parking brake.
You must watch out though if the brakes hot after landing. The parking brake has a tendency to make the brakes lock up. We had this problem at my airport a few weeks ago. A 737 pilot set the brakes while they were hot and when they tried to push back, the nose-wheel moved, but the rest of the aircraft did not. Scary sight.