Why Braking Action information is important to airline operations
Knowing Braking Action, an aircraft’s stopping capability, is vital for airline operators. All planning related to takeoff and landing and distances required to stop, included payload management, are based knowing Braking Action.
International harmonizing of runway surface conditions reporting has not resulted in better quality of the assessments, they are still based on qualitative observations and pilots’ subjective evaluations.
Successful contingency planning provides network operating airlines power to assure safety and efficiency, as well as maintain customer service for travelers affected by events impacting flight schedules.