Thursday 4 August 2022 11:01 AM Russian pilots to stop using BRAKES so much as country faces a shortage of ... trends now

Thursday 4 August 2022 11:01 AM Russian pilots to stop using BRAKES so much as country faces a shortage of ... trends now
Thursday 4 August 2022 11:01 AM Russian pilots to stop using BRAKES so much as country faces a shortage of ... trends now

Thursday 4 August 2022 11:01 AM Russian pilots to stop using BRAKES so much as country faces a shortage of ... trends now

Russian airline pilots have been told to go easy on their aircrafts' brakes to save them from wear and tear amid a shortage of spare parts due to Western sanctions.

Internal memos from four Russian airlines have given the instructions as officials fear that the existing fleet of Western-made jets will only last about five years before being depleted.

Russian airlines are desperately scrabbling for alternative plans to manage their aircraft, overwhelmingly manufactured by Toulouse-based Airbus and Virginia-based Boeing, before commercial air travel in Russia effectively comes to a halt.

It is estimated that by the end of summer Russian airlines will have to start cannibalising relatively healthy jets for spare parts. 

S7 Airlines have advised their pilots to use reverse engine thrust instead of their brakes and avoid autobrake mode if the runway is long enough, the Aviatorshina Telegram channel reported. 

Pilots should also avoid going hard on brakes in order to speed up the landing process to make way for other planes.  

Russian airline pilots have been told to go easy on their aircraft's brakes to save them from wear and tear amid a shortage of spare parts due to Western sanctions

Russian airline pilots have been told to go easy on their aircraft's brakes to save them from wear and tear amid a shortage of spare parts due to Western sanctions

Internal memos from four Russian airlines have given the instructions as officials fear that the existing fleet of Western-made jets will only last about five years before being depleted. Pictured: Putin in a flight simulator at Aeroflot training centre March 5

Internal memos from four Russian airlines have given the instructions as officials fear that the existing fleet of Western-made jets will only last about five years before being depleted. Pictured: Putin in a flight simulator at Aeroflot training centre March 5

A vice-president of Russia's aircrew trade union told the Ridus website the advice to pilots to go easy on the brakes 'does not compromise safety in any way'.

'If the runway is long, you may as well not use brakes at all: The plane is going to stop at the end of the runway due to air brakes, reverse thrust of the engine and other things,' Oleg Prikhodko said.

'It's about a rational use of resources.'

Urals Airlines, Rossiya and Pobeda published similar memos instructing pilots to 'pay close attention to a temporary policy of fuel

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