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View Poll Results: Do You Check/Pump Brakes Before Landing
Yes 61 33.89%
No 92 51.11%
Sometimes, but not a habit 27 15.00%
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:21 AM
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Default Do you Pump Your Brakes Before Landing?

Simple procedure question - I had it drilled into my head early on in my tailwheel flying to ensure the brakes are pumped up just before touchdown. If they are soft, I can either try fix it or at least plan for a "no brake landing".

The habit of pumping the brakes on short final has saved my bacon more than once... Just wondering how widespread it is.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:22 AM
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:33 AM
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This is one of the things Mike Seager teaches.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:43 AM
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I was taught to do it on a retractable after extending the gear due to all the lines and fittings moving around. I still do it on the RV someimes.
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:14 AM
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I seldom use the breaks unless I am told to take a specific ramp and need to break to make it otherwise I use them to some extend to make turns.
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:57 AM
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Yes. Part of the checklist.

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Old 12-17-2013, 12:02 PM
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I check 'em.

A brake check before landing is a good idea in any airplane, and part of the checklist at some point after gear extension in many.

In the C-23 it was part of the approach checks. After gear extension we checked for brake pressure AND that the pressure returned to zero when the brakes were released.

I did my RV training with Mike Seager, and as Mike S. mentioned he teaches a brake check before landing as well.

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Default But not with Ice or snow

Ordinarily a good practice. However with snow or wet runways in freezing air temps on take off(and a landing to follow) I don't touch them on taxi, take off or landing to prevent locked discs.
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:13 PM
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Whether you use them or not, it's nice to know they are available...

I have returned from a long cross country to find a brake soft on short final. Better to address the issue in the air rather than on the ground in the heat of the moment. Also agree that the RV line is pretty benign on the ground, but not all airplanes are so well behaved. This habit carries over from one of my less well mannered airplanes.
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Yes.

I tap them after takeoff and during my landing checks. I don't use my brakes either but don't want to find out there not working when I need them.
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