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Where Are The Brakes On A 737.  
User currently offlineNorbert From Germany, joined Jun 2001, 57 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7614 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??

Thanks for your help!


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7591 times:

The parking brake lever is just that--a PARKING brake lever, for use when you park.

To slow the aircraft down the crew has brake pedals located on the top portion of their respective rudder pedals.

Good question...

User currently offlineNorbert From Germany, joined Jun 2001, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7594 times:

Thanks OPNLguy for that quick response. That makes sense! Do you know if there are any images that show the break pedals? I think it would be interesting to see them. I will conduct a search as well.

Best regards!

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7573 times:

THere ya go...

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User currently offlineBio15 From Colombia, joined Mar 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7560 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.

Hope it's clear


User currently offlineConcorde1518 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7517 times:

Not to step on the current topic, but when in line for takeoff, and are, say, 5th or so in priority, would an airline pilot just keep his feet on the brakes or engage the Parking Brake?


User currently offlineERFly From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7520 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.

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