Titch:Reply 12 by Gazza and the replies after that cover everything you need to know about the thrust reversers.
Sorry - being dim!
Thanks Titch and Gazza.
Beaver:Has anybody heard more about if the runway had been grooved or not?
The runway was not grooved. After re-surfacing, I'm told that the asphalt/concrete/paving (insert other surface type here) has to be left for at least three weeks until it can be manipulated. Otherwise the methods used for grooving the runway will simply carve up the newly-laid surface.
According to Infraero, the grooving process was due to happen at the end of this month.
Beaver:I think that this airport should have crushable concrete zones around the areas considered most dangerous.
I have to agree with you on this, although with the distinct lack of space available around the end of the runways (or, for that matter, anywhere around the airport perimeter) at Congonhas would make this an impossibility. The only way of getting around it would be to shorten the available runway length. Considering that most people seem to think that the runways are too short in the first place, I doubt this will ever happen.
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