Russia goes to extremes to save planes as long as possible – pilots are told to brake less

According to internal memos from four Russian airlines, pilots were asked to apply soft brakes during landing and taxiing.

S7 Airlines told pilots to use engine reverse thrust and avoid auto-stop mode if the run-up path is long enough, the Aviatorshina Telegram channel reported.

Pilots were also told not to brake hard to get off the runway as quickly as possible to make way for other planes.

Urals Airlines, Rossiya and Pobeda issued similar memos instructing pilots to pay attention to the temporary policy of fuel efficiency and saving aircraft resources.

Traffic control services have been given separate instructions to offer planes longer landing intervals to give aircraft more time to taxi on the runways.

Aeroflot did not provide similar written comments, but Aviatorshina, a popular Russian aviation publication, quoted an Aeroflot pilot as saying he was also told to keep the brakes on.

The vice president of the Russian aircrew union told the Ridus website that the recommendations “do not pose a safety risk in any way.”

“If the runway is long, the brakes may not be used at all: the plane will stop at the end of the runway due to air brakes, reverse engine thrust and other things,” said Oleg Prichodko.

Russian airlines are facing a shortage of spare parts as international companies refuse to sell them due to sanctions.

According to estimates published in Russian media, by the end of the summer domestic airlines will have no choice but to dismantle some planes to obtain spare parts for other aircraft.

Yuri Borisov, Russia’s deputy prime minister responsible for civil aviation, acknowledged the problem and told a conference earlier this summer that it would keep existing foreign-made jets without spare parts for about five years until the fleet is depleted.

Adapted from The Telegraph.

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