Reverse Thrust Not To Affect Stopping Distance
I have a question for you. What is reverse thrust used for?
Now, I can almost Guarantee that 80% of you will say that it is used to help slow the plane down so it can stop in time.
Well, that is only half true. In Infinite Flight, at the moment, it should be completely wrong.
So, What Is Reverse Thrust Used For Then?
On a dry runway, which is obviously always the case in Infinite Flight, reverse thrust shouldn’t affect stopping distance. In other words, on a dry runway, reverse thrust will not slow the plane down. We’ll get to wet runways shortly, but first
Reverse thrust helps take some of the energy off of the brakes, which keeps them cooler. This is important because the hotter the brakes get, the less effective they are. If they get hot enough, they won’t do anything. Now as I am sure you can imagine, brakes, when bringing a 300 tonne metal tube to a stop on a finite amount of runway which touched the ground at 160 miles an hour, get a tad hot! So, the more reverse thrust that is used, the cooler the brakes get. It is hard to explain. Hopefully this makes some sense.
On a wet/slippery runway, which obviously isn’t ever the case in Infinite Flight, reverse thrust will reduce stopping distance. In fact, it might be the only thing bringing the aircraft to a stop! Like I said, this concept is very difficult to explain. Hopefully it makes sense!
This is why you may find that the aircraft in IF stop very quickly.
What Am I Requesting Then?
Simply, for reverse thrust not to effect stopping distance. Until we get a wet runway, this should be the case. Obviously, once wet surfaces are introduced, of course then it needs to be fiddled with a bit more.
- Yes, I have tested to make sure that reverse thrust does impact stopping distance currently in IF. It does. If you touch down, don’t apply any braking, but apply a little reverse thrust, the airplane stops fine.
- This will only be affecting turbofan engines (e.g. B737, A320, etc), not tyrboprops.
So, What Do You Think?
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Thanks for taking the time to read this.