Brake to Vacate
Airports with heavy traffic levels constantly are striving to increase capacity by reducing the time aircraft spend on the runway after their landing touchdown. To ease this growing concern, Airbus has developed an innovative braking system that delivers significant improvements in runway efficiency.
The Brake to Vacate system has been designed to optimise braking efficiency and runway turn-around time, with the potential of reducing runway occupancy time by up to 30 percent. Its promised improvements in landing traffic flow is so dramatic that airports could expect to see a capacity increase of approximately 15 per cent – while also providing additional benefits in terms of operational costs, improved safety and passenger comfort.
SELECTING OPTIMUM CONDITIONS
Brake to Vacate allows pilots to select the appropriate runway exit during the approach to landing, and regulates the aircraft’s deceleration after touchdown – enabling it to reach any chosen exit at the correct speed under optimum conditions, no matter the weather and visibility.
A multidisciplinary team at Airbus developed the Brake to Vacate concept, bringing together expertise in the areas of flight controls, landing gear, flight warning systems, onboard air navigation, flight management and flight test. Brake to Vacate was introduced into operational service on the A380 as an optional feature, and will be basic on the A350 XWB.