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Christopher Low

Brakes and wet weather

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Can someone tell me if landing in wet weather results in the brakes being less effective ? I have just attempted a flight from Tacoma Narrows to Asplund Field in the rain....three times......and every time I failed to stop my Beechcraft Baron from smashing into the trees at the end of runway 34, even with the parking brake on :-eekI suppose that this is another one of those realistic aspects of Flight Unlimited 3, but I was starting to wonder whether my brake controls were working properly !Chris Low.

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Chris,I believe it does have some effect. Funny, we're doing the same thing - last night I landed at Renton in BAD visibility (heavy snow on the weather radar). OK, I touched down kinda late but I've done that before and still pulled-up.This time, I watched helplessly as, with full reverse thrust and the speed still going 60, 59, 58 etc, I ploughed through the marina into the water (the marina isn't a normal Renton inclusion - and I gotta revise it's location ;) ).I was left in 3ft of water, in the falling snow, with 100 seagulls noisily flapping around me :-lol I didn't realise that runways turn to grease with snow falling. I guess it also shows that for most of my flying and testing, I don't use 'maxxed' weather. Think I need to use it more often!Anyone else noticed this? I reckon, to land safely (!!?!), I would have had to touch down 'on the keys' at stall speed then possibly use only reverse thrust, instead of brakes, until I slowed down to taxi speed. To be honest, I don't normally use reverse thrust on longer strips unless I need it (and the B400 usually doesn't NEED it at Renton). Due to noise restrictions these days, reverse thrust is frowned upon outside daylight hours at many places. I am told airlines prefer it because it 'only' burns fuel whereas not using it burns tyres and brakes, which becomes a maintenance issue. :-waveRegards,**************Jonathan Point**************"I'd rather be down here wishing I was up there than up there wishing I was down here"

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So, British Airways can't be particularly bothered about the maintenance issue. With a fleet that includes plenty of Avro RJs and Embraer ERJ-145s without thrust reversers, presumably fuel burn IS important to them !Chris Low.

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What an amazing simulator - is there anything it does *not* simulate? I mean, wind modelling is generations ahead of FS2004 which still does not feature thermals, ridge lift or even wake turbulence...Unfortunately the scenery and graphics of FU3 are getting a bit long in the tooth.

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