Clearway, Stopway, TORA, TODA, ASDA & LDA – Available Takeoff Lengths

Following are the available takeoff lengths declared by appropriate authorities for for different airfields. Knowledge on these terms is important for performance calculations.


Clearway is defined as the area beyond the runway with following characteristics:

  • centrally located about the extended center line of the runway
  • under the control of appropriate airport authorities
  • be expressed in terms of a clearway plane extending upward slope not exceeding 1.25%
  • have minimum width not less than 152m
  • have no protruding objects or terrain
  • only threshold lights may protrude above the plane, if their height above the end of the runway is 0.66m (26 inch) or less, and if they are located on each side of the runway


Stopway is the area at the end of take-off runway with following characteristics:

  • at least as wide as the runway and centered upon the extended center line of runway
  • able to support airplane during aborted take off without causing any structural damage
  • designated by airport authorities for use in decelerating the airplane during an aborted take off

TORA (Take off Run Available)

TORA is the length which is available(declared available by appropriate authority) and suitable for ground run of an aeroplane during takeoff. TORA does not include Stopway or Clearway.

TORA is either equal to the runway length, or to equal to distance from runway entry point(intersecting taxiway) to the end of the runway.

TODA (Take off Distance Available)

TODA is the sum of length of takeoff run available and length of clearway available. In case no clearway exists, TODA is same as TORA. TODA includes ground as well as air segments.

ASDA (Accelerate-Stop Distance Available)

It is defined as lenght of take off run available plus the length of Stopway. ASDA is important factor for determination of V1 speed. In case take off is aborted the aircraft can be brought to a stop either on the runway or on Stopway.

ASDA must not be used as TORA.

LDA (Landing Distance Available)

LDA is the runway length declared available and suitable for landing an airplane.

Clearway Stopway TORA TODA ASDA LDA
Clearway Stopway TORA TODA ASDA LDA

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