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Definitions

Accelerate Stop Distance Available (ASDA):

[AC 150/5300-13] The runway plus stopway length declared available and suitable for the acceleration and deceleration of any airplane aborting takeoff.

[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1, Definitions] The length of the take-off run available plus the length of the stopway, if provided.

Aerodrome elevation:

[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1, Definitions] The elevation of the highest point of the landing area.

Airplane Design Group (ADG):

[AC 150/5300-13] A Grouping of airplanes based on wingspan or tail height. Where an airplane is in two categories, the most demanding category should be used. Category III covers a GV: tail height of 30 to less than 45 feet, wingspan of 79 to less than 118 feet.

Airport Elevation:

[AC 150/5300-13] The highest point on an airport's usable runway expressed in feet above mean sea level.

Airport Reference Point (ARP):

[AC 150/5300-13] The latitude and longitude of the approximate center of the airport.

Clearway:

[14 CFR 1.1] Takeoff runway under control of the airport authorities which includes a plane extending from the end of the runway with an upward slope not exceeding 1.25% above which no obstacle or terrain protrudes.

[AC 150/5300-13] A defined rectangular area beyond the end of a runway cleared or suitable for use in lieu of runway to satisfy takeoff distance requirements.

[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1, Definitions] A defined rectangular area on the ground or water under the control of the appropriate authority, selected or prepared as a suitable area over which an aeroplane may make a portion of its initial climb to a specified height.

Displaced Threshold:

[AIM 2-3-3 §h.2.] A displaced threshold is a threshold located at a point on the runway other than the designated beginning of the runway. Displacement of a threshold reduces the length of the runway available for landings.

[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1, Definitions] A threshold not located at the extremity of a runway.

Landing Distance Available (LDA):

[AC 150/5300-13] The runway length declared available and suitable for a landing airplane.

[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1, Definitions] The length of runway which is declared available and suitable for the ground run of an aeroplane landing.

Minimum Runway Width:

There really isn't one specified by regulation, but you can infer one thusly:

[14 CFR 25.149(e)] VMCG, the minimum control speed on the ground, is the calibrated airspeed during the takeoff run at which, when the critical engine is suddenly made inoperative, it is possible to maintain control of the airplane using the rudder control alone (without the use of nosewheel steering), as limited by 150 pounds of force, and the lateral control to the extent of keeping the wings level to enable the takeoff to be safely continued using normal piloting skill. In the determination of VMCG, assuming that the path of the airplane accelerating with all engines operating is along the centerline of the runway, its path from the point at which the critical engine is made inoperative to the point at which recovery to a direction parallel to the centerline is completed may not deviate more than 30 feet laterally from the centerline at any point. VMCG must be established with—

  1. The airplane in each takeoff configuration or, at the option of the applicant, in the most critical takeoff configuration;
  2. Maximum available takeoff power or thrust on the operating engines;
  3. The most unfavorable center of gravity;
  4. The airplane trimmed for takeoff; and
  5. The most unfavorable weight in the range of takeoff weights.

So a G450, for example, has main gear which are 13'8" apart as measured from the strut center lines, so let's call that an even 14'. So the minimum runway width for a G450 is 30 + 30 + 14 = 74'.

Runway end safety area (RESA):

[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1, Definitions] An area symmetrical about the extended runway centre line and adjacent to the end of the strip primarily intended to reduce the risk of damage to an aeroplane undershooting or overrunning the runway.

Runway Separation Standards:

[AC 150/5300-13] An aircraft in Airplane Design Group III in approach category C & D, requires 400 feet from the runway centerline to a taxiway centerline and 500 feet to an aircraft parking area. The distances increase 1 foot for each 100 feet above sea level.

Without these clearances, some airports restrict GV activity. BCT, for example, does not allow a GV on the parallel taxiway unless the runway is clear or the GV to land or takeoff unless the taxiway is clear.

Stopway:

[14 CFR 1.1] An area designated by the airport beyond the takeoff runway able to support the aircraft during an aborted takeoff.

[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1, Definitions] A defined rectangular area on the ground at the end of take-off run available prepared as a suitable area in which an aircraft can be stopped in the case of an abandoned take off.

TODA (Takeoff Distance Available):

[AC 150/5300-13] The TORA plus the length of any remaining clearway beyond the end of the TORA.

[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1, Definitions] The length of the take-off run available plus the length of the clearway, if provided.

TORA (Takeoff Run Available):

[AC 150/5300-13] The runway length declared available and suitable for the ground run of an airplane taking off.

[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1, Definitions] The length of runway declared available and suitable for the ground run of an aeroplane taking off.

Calculation of Declared Distances

[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1 Attachment A §3.1] The declared distances to be calculated for each runway direction comprise: the take-off run available (TORA), take-off distance available (TODA), accelerate-stop distance available (ASDA), and landing distance available (LDA).

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[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1 Attachment A §3.2] Where a runway is not provided with a stopway or clearway and the threshold is located at the extremity of the runway, the four declared distances should normally be equal to the length of the runway.

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[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1 Attachment A §3.3] Where a runway is provided with a clearway (CWY), then the TODA will include the length of clearway.

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[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1 Attachment A §3.4] Where a runway is provided with a stopway (SWY), then the ASDA will include the length of stopway.

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[ICAO Annex 14 Vol 1 Attachment A §3.5] Where a runway has a displaced threshold, then the LDA will be reduced by the distance the threshold is displaced, as shown in Figure A-1 (D). A displaced threshold affects only the LDA for approaches made to that threshold; all declared distances for operations in the reciprocal direction are unaffected.

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When airports start to mix various elements, declared distances can become difficult to figure out. One of the few places where it really matters to you is Farnborough. You will likely be loading enough fuel to make it home and understanding how much pavement you have at your disposal becomes critical. . .

Farnborough Example

At first glance, the runway at Farnborough appears to be 8,005' and should be long enough to fuel the airplane up and head home. Right?

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From the 10-9 page we see a distance of some sort: 8,005' as well as two areas labeled as stopways, 1237' and 1936'.

The first part of the runway in both directions is marked by white dots that do not appear in the Jeppesen airport directory chart legend and white boxes which are supposed to denote the displaced thresholds.

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Turn the page over and things become even more complicated.

The 10-9A page says you have 5,906' landing distance for both runways but beyond the glide slope it gets shorter still by varying amounts. The TORA includes several notes.

  • Runway 06 seems to add a starter extension of 492' but the TORA listed is only 6,562'.
  • Runway 24 shows a TORA of 6,768'.

Landing

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The 10-9A page says your landing distance beyond the threshold is 5,906' for both runways.

At first glance this doesn't seem to make sense, you cannot arrive at 5,906' by subtracting any of the other provided data from the runway's 8,005' length. If you look at the 10-9 page you will note the displaced threshold distance isn't given. But using the formulas provided by definitions in ICAO Annex 14, we see that the displaced thresholds are both equal to 8,005 minus 5,906 which equals 2,099'. Looking at the airfield diagram, this looks about right. So the provided 5,906' is actually your Landing Distance Available.

On Runway 06, for example, you can land any place beyond the displaced threshold and have the rest of the pavement to stop the airplane.

Video: EGLF Rwy 06.

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On Runway 24, the distances are the same for the opposite direction.

Video: EGLF Rwy 24.

Takeoff

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Once again the airport diagram and instructions muddy the waters because they do not spell out what you have in terms of a clearway and displaced threshold. You can, however, reason things through because they have labeled the stopways.

You can either back taxi to take advantage of the extra 492' or start your roll at taxiway F1. If you abort the takeoff you have everything left to stop. If you continue the takeoff, you need to be off the ground before you get to the clearway and you need to be at least 35' in the air when you get to the end of the clearway.

Runway 06 Clearway = 8,005' Runway Length - 6,562' TORA = 1,443'.

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On Runway 24 you can start at the runway's end or at Taxiway B. If you abort the takeoff you have everything left to stop. If you continue the takeoff, you need to be off the ground before you get to the clearway/stopway and at least 35' in the air when you get to the end of the clearway. (The clearway and stopways are the same for this runway.)

Runway 24 Clearway = 8,005' Runway Length - 6,768' TORA = 1,237'.

Why?

All of this makes sense when you first see the airport nuzzled into the once quiet English countryside. They want airplanes at a reasonable altitude when they cross the airport boundaries. The approach to Runway 24 and departure from Runway 06 is more sensitive because one of the finest pubs in the area sits just a mile to the east:

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You can see the runway from the pub.

References

14 CFR 1, Title 14: Aeronautics and Space, Definitions and Abbreviations, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation

14 CFR 25, Title 14: Aeronautics and Space, Airworthiness Standards: Transport Category Airplanes, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation

Advisory Circular 150/5300-13, Airport Design, 11/1/2008, U.S. Department of Transportation

ICAO Annex 14 - Aerodromes - Vol I - Aerodrome Design and Operations, International Standards and Recommended Practices, Annex 14 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, Vol I, 6th edition July 2013

Revision: 20160417
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