Carbon brakes are now clearly taking the place of steel brakes in the global fleet of commercial aircraft, thanks to better durability and lighter weight. Suppliers Honeywell, Meggitt, Safran and UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) do not all agree, however, on whether it is worth retrofitting commercial aircraft using steel brakes with carbon technology. And runway deicing fluids, which damage carbon brakes, are increasingly problematic. Some 60% of in-service commercial aircraft (including ...


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