Landing on Frictionless Surfaces

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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: Friction | Airport and airfield pavements | Fluid dynamics | Ratings | Launching and landing |

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