Landing on Frictionless Surfaces

by Brad Newell, Northwest Airlines, Port Ludlow, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Aircraft/Pavement Interaction: An Integrated System

Abstract:

Who in his right mind would deliberately land an airplane on a frictionless surface? Unfortunately, professional pilots occasionally encounter situations where the friction between rubber and runway is as close to zero as can occur in nature. Northwest Airlines Captain Brad Newell, a 12,000 hr veteran with type ratings in 707s and 727s, offers his views on the problems hydroplaning can create when landing in crosswind conditions.



Subject Headings: Airport and airfield pavements | Aircraft and spacecraft | Friction

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