18/04/2024
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What is Runway Displaced Threshold

A displaced threshold is a runway threshold located at a point other than the physical beginning or end of the runway. The portion of the runway behind a displaced threshold may be used for takeoff in either direction and landings from the opposite direction.

Displaced thresholds are used for a variety of reasons, including:

  • To shorten the runway available for landings in order to protect an object or area off the end of the runway, such as a taxiway, a runway safety area, or a populated area.
  • To protect the runway surface from excessive wear and tear, such as from the repeated impact of landing aircraft.
  • To mitigate noise pollution from aircraft landings.

Displaced thresholds are marked with a white line across the runway, with white arrows leading up to it. Pilots must be aware of the location of displaced thresholds and must not land before the displaced threshold.

runway marks - What is Runway Displaced Threshold

Here are some of the important things to know about displaced thresholds:

  • The portion of the runway behind the displaced threshold is not available for landings in the direction of the displaced threshold.
  • The displaced threshold is not a physical barrier, so aircraft can still cross it. However, pilots should avoid crossing the displaced threshold unless it is necessary to do so.
  • Pilots must be aware of the displaced threshold when planning their approach. They should not land before the displaced threshold, even if they have enough runway remaining to do so.
  • Displaced thresholds are marked on approach charts and in airport charts. Pilots should familiarize themselves with the location of displaced thresholds before flying into an airport.
Airport Layout
Airport Layout

References and Further Reading

Further reading: https://www.aviationfile.com/what-is-turn-pad-on-runways/