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Well this is an accident waiting to happen if true. Aeroflot disable brakes.

Old 5th Aug 2023, 08:54
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Well this is an accident waiting to happen if true. Aeroflot disable brakes.

First off, one accident..

but the comment if true makes interesting reading..
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Due to a shortage of brake parts in Russia, instead of grounding the planes, Aeroflot's foreign fleet of 5x Boeing 777, 2x Airbus A321, 1x A330, 1x A320 planes will now land with reverse thrust only with brakes deactivated. Apparently, runway overruns being anticipated.



It appears it is..


Aeroflot deactivates brakes on nine aircraft

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to all kinds of sanctions against the country, and that includes in aviation. These sanctions have impacted the ability of airlines like Aeroflot to get maintenance and new parts for their aircraft. For example, Aeroflot has been sending its jets to Iran for maintenance, given that the country has dealt with similar sanctions for years.

Here’s the latest update in this saga, as reported by The Moscow Times. Aeroflot has now deactivated brakes on nine of its aircraft. Specifically, some of the carrier’s Airbus and Boeing jets have worn-out brakes, but the airline isn’t able to replace them, due to sanctions that are in place.

As a result, the airline has made the decision to keep flying these planes, but just without brakes. There are currently nine planes with these issues, including five Boeing 777s, one Airbus A330, two Airbus A321s, and one Airbus A320.

In situations where there’s a malfunction, it’s possible for airlines to defer this kind of maintenance for up to 10 days. However, in this case it appears to be a long term solution for the airline, and the airline tells pilots to just use reverse thrusters to slow down planes.

Aeroflot’s flight operations department has warned pilots of the risk of veering off the runway. As it explains in the memo, “the aircraft will tend to turn to the side, so pay attention to this fact, especially when landing on a wet runway with a crosswind.” The memo goes on to warn of “the risk of overrunning the runway!!!” (yes, with all those exclamation points). Reassuring, eh?

https://onemileatatime.com/news/aero...ithout-brakes/

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And how will they stop at the gate... just bump up against carefully positioned chocks. A slightly misleading headline, I think it will be just one brake that will be deactivated.
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Clearly BS. Never let hatred of the enemy get in the way of facts hey?
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More clickbait.
I can't imagine them being so stupid as to deactivate more than is allowed in the MEL, however extending the deferral is not unique, many airlines do it with approval from their NAA.
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Old 5th Aug 2023, 13:07
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If there's any truth in this I'd suggest it's no more than 'journalists' misunderstanding a directive not to use autobrake and rely on reverse as much as possible. That at least would make sense.
With brakes disabled it would simply not be possible to stop at the gate, and the f.o.d. problems from of using reverse while taxying would soon ensure they're operating without engines too.
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Originally Posted by Capt Scribble
I think it will be just one brake that will be deactivated.
Hopefully that's one brake per side, rather than just one side, otherwise things could get quite interesting.
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Old 5th Aug 2023, 13:26
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Another casualty of Putin's lunacy. After decades of dreary Sovietr Service (altho they have to get soem credit for the appalling climate they had to work in weatherise) Aeroflot had turned themselves into a decent airline with good service in Europe for sure. Looking at the picture above no doubt many men and women worked very hard to achieve this only to see them banned, sanctioned, limited access etc etc because of one old man's bitternes
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Originally Posted by Capt Scribble
And how will they stop at the gate... just bump up against carefully positioned chocks. A slightly misleading headline, I think it will be just one brake that will be deactivated.
This. No one is flying an A320 with all of the brakes deactivated, they’d end up spotting along at 50 knots+ on the taxiway.
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Old 6th Aug 2023, 19:23
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Originally Posted by NutLoose
First off, one accident..

but the comment if true makes interesting reading..
In case you cannot see it.






https://twitter.com/igorsushko/statu...23915945312256


It appears it is..





https://onemileatatime.com/news/aero...ithout-brakes/
I wouldn’t trust most of those aviation blogs/sites. Usually click bait titles with authors who have only a superficial understanding of aviation.

Avherald is a notable exception. Their work is very good.
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Originally Posted by Capt Scribble
And how will they stop at the gate... just bump up against carefully positioned chocks. A slightly misleading headline, I think it will be just one brake that will be deactivated.
Agreed. V1 would tend to be a bit low too.🧐
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According to this

https://www.avweb.com/aviation-news/...ithout-brakes/

This is the Aeroflot letter sent out, though it needs translating.

https://t.me/aviatorshina_chat/166821
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