QUOTE(learguy @ Jun 29 2006, 08:07 PM)
Ok, let's clear this up.
The brakes on all airplanes are on the rudder pedals. The pedals control the rudder. However, the pedal is hinged, allowing the top half of the pedal to be pushed forward by flexing your foot at the ankle, activating the brakes on that side. Press left, left brakes. Press right, right brakes. Press them together, both brakes.
The pedals are located in the same place on all airplanes. Under the instrument panel where you would place your feet in a normally-seated position.
Holding the pedals even with the heels of your feet, flexing your foot forward depresses the top, hinged part of the pedal activating the brake(s) without moving the nosewheel or rudder. If you deflect the rudder pedal fully in one direction or the other for maximum angle on the nosewheel and also push the upper part of the pedal for brakes, you can use the combination to decrease the airplane's turning radius.
On large airplanes, nosewheel steering is done with a tiller rather than the pedals. However most have some limited nosewheel steering through the pedals, too. In any case, the braking is still done with the top of the rudder pedal.
Planes are also equipped with a parking brake. Depending on the plane, this is applied in one of several different ways. The most common way, in my experience, is to pull a lever/handle while holding the brakes down with the balls of your feet. The brakes stay on until the lever/handle is pushed in.
Larger, more sophisticated airplanes are equipped with emergency brakes. These are used when the primary brakes are inop for whatever (rare) reason. On some airplanes the emergency brakes are applied with the top of the pedal just like normal. On other planes, activating the emergency brakes requires operating a separate lever, usually found on the center console.
The larger airplanes are also equipped with automatic brakes. These can be set for different levels of braking and are applied automatically on touchdown, without input from the pilots.
Better than a teacher!
Thanks a lot!
Just a question, are you giving lessons? (For me personally)