Quote from "Singapore Air"
Qantas have a non use of reverse thrust policy. Bangkok Golf course and now this? Just wondering what people make of this policy now and if it should be changed..?
Well, maybe you should check your facts. Yes, Qantas and MANY OTHER OPERATORS used/use this method for landing as it provides for better serviceability for thrust reversers, brakes, and other systems. This is a characteristic of carbon brakes.
However, if you look into the history of the BKK
incident and the report issued, it was used as a scapegoat for the runway departure despite the fact that the pilot in that incident didn't meet the intent of any procedures. In fact, no thrust reversers were deployed at all, even to idle at BKK
. How you can blame a procedure that wasn't followed is beyond me, but I'm not in a pilot's union so what would I know.
The fact is this landing procedure is safe, it provides for safety by placing the ultimate decision for throttled up thrust reverse on the pilot, and it has worked well at many operators.
As mentioned by another member above, SYD
airport places restrictions on TR
use before 6am. However, if the pilot believes that he needs to use TR
he has the ultimate discretion.
Qantas do not, by their own policy, use idle reverse landings anymore.
[Edited 2003-07-02 10:08:43]