A380’s auto-braking system should help prevent runway excursions: Airbus

Flight International has a good wrap-up of Airbus’ presentation about its new auto-braking system at last week’s FAA Safety Forum in Washington. An excerpt:

Available initially on the A380, the optional software upgrade includes Airbus’s brake-to-vacate (BTV) system that allows pilots to preset their desired turn-off point on a runway. The system automatically commands the aircraft’s auto-braking system to stop in the required distance with a deceleration profile that saves brake life.

Originally developed as a means of reducing runway occupancy time – hence its exposure to a runway incursion – the system has evolved into a more comprehensive tool to prevent runway excursions (aircraft veering off the runway during landing roll or exit).

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