Reverse thrust

I see many pilots initiate reverse thrust as soon as the mains hit the runway. I prefer to wait til the nose wheel touches down.

Thoughts fellow fliers? 😑

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If it’s a short runway I usually deploy my reverses as soon as possible, and if the runway is long I wait until my nose gear touches down do deploy reverse thrust.

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I agree that as soon as you touch down is too soon, I usually try to wait until the nose is at least halfway down. But I agree with @parson that if it’s a short runway then I deploy as fast as I can.

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I never deploy my reversers until my front wheel ha touched down or I will apply reverse thrust ASAP if i’m at a bust ATC controlled airport to get off the runway as quick as possible.

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If it’s a short runway I like to apply reverse thrust right after touchdown but if the runway is of considerable length I prefer to wait until the nose gear is down to avoid slamming it onto the runway.

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You’re technically supposed to use reverses once the nose starts to gradually lower after you touch down… however situations vary

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I usually apply reverse thrust in touchdown, no matter if it’s a short or long runway, i just like to see spoilers and reverse thrust moving inmediately, i don’t know if that’s realistic anyway.

By the way, how much reverse thrust do i have to apply? i do it depending on the runway, but never apply 100% power. Am i doing it right?

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I usually do 70% reverse thrust. If the runway is short, then I apply 80-90% reverse thrust

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For the newest update, the A330 reverse is not that “effective” anymore (become more realisitic, personal point of view), I usually start reverse about 2 secs after wheel touch down and about 70-80% then slowly put the nose down (calm wind condition). It totally depends on the different situations though. e.g. short runways, bad weather, low visibility etc.

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You guys even reverse thrust??!! (Just a joke)!

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That’s gonna be some hot brakes Imao

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Yeah sure!! 😏

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Following Ryan Air standards I release them when airport is in sight. Normally I do how most do: when nose gear touches the ground

Not only that, many people uses 100% of reverse thrust 💀💀💀

Well it depends, if your Ryanair reverse thrust is at 50 feet agl, lmao

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I’ll use reverse thrust once the main wheels touch down. I’ll use about 60 percent reverse thrust and 60 percent brakes on an average airport.

Also I wanna add to this topic: Does it annoy you guys when people use the Parking Brake for stopping? Like the Parking Brake is literally for parking, I have no idea why people use it to slow down on the runway.

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I use it sometimes, even if it is a misuse of those. The reason why I do so is that the combination of rudder and brakes used for the same UI element, sometimes lead the plane to move left / right while braking. So it’s more a user interaction issue instead of laziness :).

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In the real aircraft (talking about the A320 for the most part), you’re very much allowed to use reversers once the main wheels have touched the ground because a force on the main wheels (weight) is the condition to allow reverse thrust to be able to be deployed in the first place.

What’s great about the recent A330 addition, is that it more-or-less correctly depicts the braking force from reverse thrust. Most of the braking force on modern airlines comes from the brakes rather than reverse thrust in dry conditions however reverse thrust is much more effective on slippery runways compared to the brakes.

It really is a personal preference (unless a company-specific SOP demands otherwise) when to deploy reverse thrust. However, if you apply a lot of braking force (from slamming the brakes right away or using reverse thrust, or both) before the nose wheel touches the ground, you’re more likely to hit the nose wheel harder with the ground due to the axial force acting on the aircraft ‘pushing’ the nose down quicker. So don’t hold the nose in the air too much, at least in the Airbus A320 family of aircraft :)

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To be honest, I do that but I don’t immediately slam full reversers, I go about 60-75% reverse thrust