Currently in IF the only way to brake is to tap ‘brakes’ which when activated the aircraft slows down too quickly (especially on small aircraft like the A318, 9, 20 and 21 where the nose gear dips because of the force). It’s not realistic at all and uncomfortable for passengers. I would like to tweak the design of the braking system by introducing adjustable braking power.
How it works:
This adjustable braking power system functions like a brake pedal of an aircraft IRL. On the screen, it will look like a slider that’s exactly like the throttle slider design. Instead of it being named ‘PWR’ it’ll be ‘BRK’. The percentage will still remain to indicate how much brake is applied. The higher the percentage the harder the brake. The reason why it needs to be a slider and not a button is so that the pilot can input the amount of braking power needed to slow down the aircraft a little or make it come to a complete stop immediately (emergency braking). When the user takes his fingers of the brake slider, the wheel brakes would be released (something like how the reverse thrust slider works), this is to ensure that accidental braking would not be made possible.
Possible issues that might occur should it be added:
It might be hard to master for IF pilots to use it during landing because he has to keep his fingers with the reverse thrust and with this adjustable brake system, To solve this issue of difficulty I would suggest practicing.
Most of you have pointed out that there’s already a ‘variable braking’ feature and that this should not be needed. However, the current way of braking gradually is by sliding down the rudder button, which I would say is a hidden feature and furthermore it isn’t really effective. With a separate adjustable braking power system, it’s more realistic and new pilots in IF who’re seeking just that will get the hang of it in no time.