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B737 Performance

Takeoff & Landing

Last Rev: 02/06/2004

Takeoff Performance
Takeoff Performance Basics Definitions: Runway Takeoff Distances Definitions: Takeoff Speeds JAR 25 Requirements Engine failure Optimisation improved climb Reduced takeoff

Takeoff Performance Basics

What is the Gross Takeoff Flight Path ?
It is the vertical flight path that a new aircraft flown by test pilots under ideal conditions would achieve. It is adjusted for the Minimum Engine. It starts where the aircraft passes 35ft and ends at a minimum of 1500 ft

What is the Net Takeoff Flight Path ?

This is the vertical flight path that could be expected in operation with used aircraft. It also starts at 35ft and ends at a minimum of 1500ft

Takeoff Performance Basics

The Net Gradient would be calculated as follows:
Gross Gradient

p% x D Net Gradient

Distance = D

Takeoff Distances
RUNWAY This is the ACN capable hard surface CLEARWAY - This is an area, under the control of the airport,
152 m (500 ft) minimum width, with upward slope not exceeding 1.25%. Any obstacles penetrating the 1.25% plane will limit the Clearway STOPWAY - A surface capable of supporting the aircraft in an RTO. Its width must be greater than or equal to that of the runway. It may not be used for landings

Takeoff Distances




MAX 1.25%

Takeoff Distances
TORA- TakeOff Run Available. This is the physical runway limited by obstacle free requirements ASDA - Accelerate-Stop Distance Available. This is the distance available for accelerating to V1 and then stopping. It may include the physical runway and any stopway available TODA - TakeOff Distance Available. This is the distance available to achieve V2 at the appropriate screen height. It may include physical runway, stopway and clearway Note: Not more than the Air Distance may be in the Clearway (Air Distance is distance from lift-off to 35 ft) The Takeoff Run is defined as the distance from brake release to the Air Distance Wet Runway calculations do not allow use of Clearway

Takeoff Performance Basics

The Takeoff Phase is from brake release to 1500 ft or the point where the last obstacle has been cleared, if higher Three basic limitations must be taken into account: Field Length Climb Gradients Obstacle Clearance Other limitations are also restrictive and are covered during discussion on these basic limitations. They are: Structural Tire Speed Brake Energy

Takeoff Speeds


Takeoff Speeds V1 official definition

pilot's initiation of the first action (e.g. applying brakes, reducing thrust, deploying speed brakes) to stop the aeroplane during accelerate-stop tests JAR 25.107(a)

Takeoff Speeds
V1, the Takeoff action speed, is the speed used as a reference in the event of engine or other failure, in taking first action to abandon the take-off. The V1 call must be done so that it is completed by V1.
V2 VEF V1 35



Takeoff Speeds

VR is the speed at which rotation is initiated, so that in the case of an engine failure, V2 will be reached at a height of 35 feet using a rotation rate of 2-3 / second Regulations prohibit a RTO after rotation has been initiated, thus VR must be greater than V1. VR u V1

Takeoff Speeds

V2 is the takeoff safety speed. This speed will be reached at 35 feet with one engine inoperative.

Takeoff Speeds
Effects on the screen height of continuing a takeoff with an engine failure prior to VEF

35 Ft

10 Ft

2 Engine 1 sec





Takeoff Speeds
V1(MCG) - The Minimum Ground Control Speed This is the speed at which, in the case of a failure of the Critical Engine, it is possible to control the aeroplane by aerodynamic means only without deviating from the runway centreline by more than 30 ft, while maintaining takeoff thrust on the other engine(s). Maximum rudder force is restricted to 68 Kg (150 lbs) In demonstrating V1(MCG), the most critical conditions of weight, configuration and CG will be taken into consideration Crosswind is not considered in V1(MCG) determination Obviously VEF must be greater than V1(MCG) , or the aircraft would be uncontrollable on the ground with an engine inoperative:


Takeoff Speeds
VMC - The Minimum Control Speed This is the speed, when airborne, from which it is possible to control the aeroplane by aerodynamic means only with the Critical Engine Inoperative while maintaining takeoff thrust on the other engine(s) The demonstration is made with not more than 5 Bank into the live engine, Gear retracted (as this reduces the directional stability) and the most Aft CG (as this reduces the Rudder Moment.) (VMC may increase as much as 6 Kts. / Bank from demonstration with wings level and Ball centred)

Field Length Criteria

The Takeoff distance required for a given weight and given V1 is the greater of three different distances:
Actual All-Engine Takeoff Distance x 1.15

Actual All-Engine Takeoff Distance (As Demonstrated in Tests)

V > V2 35 ft
15% Safety Margin


One Engine Inoperative Takeoff Distance

V2 35 ft



One Engine Inoperative Accelerate-Stop Distance

Field Length Criteria

The greater of the 3 distances is the JAR Field Length required If V1 is chosen such as the 1-Engine-Inoperative Accelerate-Go and Accelerate-Stop distances are equal, the necessary field length is called Balanced and the corresponding V1 is known as a Balanced V1
Balanced V1

Field Length Criteria


Fixed Runway Length






JAR 25 Takeoff Flight Path

Lift-Off Gear Retracted Flap retraction 400 Ft Min Clean 1500 Ft or Clear of Obstacles





TO Thrust 35 ft Max 5 min


1st Segment

2nd Segment

3rd Segment

4th Segment




acceleration or 1.2% avail.


Obstacle Clearance
For Obstacle Clearance a Net Takeoff Flight Path is considered It is not demonstrated, but rather calculated from the Gross Flight Path by reducing the gradients by a safety margin:
Twin 0.8%

It also will take wind into account, using 50% of the Headwind Component and 150% of the Tailwind Component, thus giving a further safety margin. The Net Takeoff Flight Path must clear all obstacles by 35 Ft

Obtacle Vs Climb
1st Segment 2nd Segment 3rd Segment 4th Segment

Gross Flight Path


Net Flight Path

35 ft 35 ft 35 ft 35 ft

Obstacle Clearance
The minimum height for flap retraction is 400ft AAL (gross) TNT A B737 : we use 800 ft AAL minimum If there is a high obstacle in the 3rd or 4th segment, we could extend the second segment to ensure that the obstacle was cleared by 35ft. Provided it still remains in the 3rd or 4th Segment We now have a Minimum Gross and Minimum Net Acceleration Height which is then corrected for elevation and temperature to give a Minimum Gross Acceleration Altitude

Obstacle Clearance

Extended Second Segment

Minimum Gross Acceleration Height

Minimum Net Acceleration Height

35 Ft 400 Ft

Acceleration Altitude

The extension of the second segment and raising of the EFFRA (JAR : EOAA) is limited as takeoff thrust must be maintained until acceleration altitude is attained The Takeoff Thrust is limited to 5 minutes and this restricts the extension of second segment

Engine Failure Procedure

The Standard Engine Out Procedure (EOP) is therefore: Maintain Runway Track Climb to the EFFRA at V2 Accelerate and Retract Flaps Set MCT (max 5 min after TO power setting) Climb to the 1500 ft AGL at Flap up man. speed And then???

Distance to clear 1500 ft (B737)

4th segment: 1.2% p 1500ft @ 220kts 70 ft/NM 7 NM 3rd segment: Accel 150kts p 220 kts 0.23m/s 8 NM 2nd segment: 2.4% p 1000ft @ 150kts 150 ft/NM 7 NM 1st segment: >0% 140 150 kts





Obstacle Clearance

Only obstacles within a certain lateral distance of the flight path are taken into account in performance calculations For each runway, Obstacle Cone is constructed for Straight Ahead or Turning Engine Out Procedures (EOP) Wind is not considered therefore correct tracking is important There is not a large margin for error for a jet airplane

Obstacle Clearance Flight Path

3000 ft

300 ft

width = 0.125 x D

21600 ft

3000 ft 3000 ft

300 ft

Obstacle Clearance Flight Path

Obstacle Clearance
Bank Angle has a large effect on the climb performance and therefore Obstacle Clearance


2.4% 0.6% 1.8%



Optimisation - Improved climb

Depending on the design of the aircraft and on the flap setting, the maximum climb angle speed is usually 15 to 30 kts higher than 1.13 VSR However, the selection of a V2 higher than the minimum will increase TOD The V2/VS optimisation is called Improved Climb Method This method consists thus in increasing the climd limited TOW at the expense of the field limited TOW. It is only applicable if runway length permits In order to obtain consistent field length, V1 and VR have to increase if V2 increases: if the runway allows an increase of V2, thus an increase in TOD, it will also allow an increase of the ASD, thus also of V1

Optimisation - Improved climb

Drag Curve Given TOW TO Flaps Gear UP

Depending on Flap Setting, the Max Angle Speed is typically 1.13 VS + 15 to 30 Kts
Vs 1.13Vs 1.28Vs


Optimisation - Improved climb

In order to achieve the higher V2, the VR speed must be increased The V1 speed must also be increased to ensure that there is sufficient runway to accelerate, lose and engine and be able to continue the takeoff at higher weight As V1 is higher, the VMBE speed must be checked for brake energy limits as this may become limiting

Reduced Thrust Takeoff

When the actual TOW is below the maximum allowable TOW for the actual OAT, it is desirable to reduce the engine thrust This thrust reduction is a function of the difference between actual and maximum TOW JAA requires that the reduced thrust may not be less than 75% of the full takeoff thrust. Specific figures may apply for different airplanes/engines

Reduced Thrust Takeoff

Assumed temperature
If the actual TOW is less than the maximum weight for the actual temperature, we can determine an assumed temperature, at which the actual weight would be equal to the maximum allowed TOW Having determined this assumed temperature, we can compute the take-off thrust for that temperature

Allowed TOW Act TOW

Flat rated thrust

EGT limited thrust


Assumed temperature


Reduced Thrust Takeoff

Limitations Since thrust may not be reduced below 75% of the full thrust, a max assumed temp can be determined The assumed temperature may not be less than the OAT No reduced thrust on standing water, and on contaminated or slippery runways No reduced thrust with antiskid inop or PMC OFF No reduced thrust for windshear, low visibility takeoff

Reduced Thrust Takeoff

Its safe

OAT = 30C weight is MTOW


Margin at V1
OAT = 10C ASS. TEMP = 30C weight is MTOW

RTO execution operational margin

Landing and Go-Around

Landing Distance Approach Climb Landing Climb Procedure Design Missed Approach Gradient

Landing Distance
JAR 25 defines the landing distance as the horizontal distance required to bring the airplane to a standstill from a point 50 ft above the Runway Threshold. They are determined for Standard Temperatures as a function of:  Weight  Altitude  Wind (50% Headwind and 150% Tailwind)  Configuration (Flaps, Manual/Auto-Speedbrakes, Brakes) They are determined from a Height of 50 ft at VREF on a Dry (or Wet), Smooth Runway using Max Brakes, full Antiskid and Speedbrakes but No Reversers

Landing Distance

Boeing describes the braking technique as Aggressive. The Brakes are fully depressed at touchdown Runway Slope is NOT accounted for Non standard temperatures are NOT accounted for Approach speed Additives are NOT accounted for These are considered to be covered by the extra margins used to define certified landing distances

Landing Distance

V = 1.23 VS1G

Landing Distance e 60% Runway Length 50 ft

Actual Landing Distance Required Landing Distance

Dry Factor = 1.67 Wet Factor = 1.15

Wet Landing Distance = 1.15 x Required Landing Distance

Approach Climb

What is Approach Climb ?


Approach Climb
Aircrafts are certified to conduct a missed approach and satisfy a Gradient of 2.1% - GROSS The configuration is: One Engine Inoperative Gear Up Go Around Flaps (15 on 737) G/A Thrust Speed must be e 1.4 VSR
(Strictly speaking, the Flap Setting must be an intermediate flap setting corresponding to normal procedures whose stalling speed is not more than 110% of the final flap stalling speed)

Landing Climb

What is Landing Climb ?


Landing Climb
Aircrafts are certified to conduct a missed approach and satisfy a Gradient of 3.2% - GROSS The configuration is: All Engines Operating Gear Down Landing Flaps (30 or 40 on 737) G/A Thrust The speed must be u 1.13 VSR and VMCL It is also a requirement that full G/A thrust must be available within 8 seconds of the thrust levers forward from idle

JAA Low Visibility Climb

An Aircraft must be certified to conduct a missed approach and satisfy a Gradient of 2.5% - GROSS or the published Missed Approach Gradient The configuration is: One Engine Inoperative Gear Up Go Around Flap (15 on a 737) G/A Thrust This is only applicable if Low Visibility Procedures will be conducted with a DH of below 200 Ft or No DH

Max Landing Weight

The maximum landing weight for dispatch is the least of the: Field Limited Landing Weight Approach Climb Limited Landing Weight Landing Climb Limited Landing Weight JAA LVP G/A Climb Gradient Limited Landing Weight Structural Limited Landing Weight

Procedure Missed Approach Gradient

3.9% GROSS


+ 0.6% + 0.8% 98 Ft 2.5% NET

Procedure Missed Approach Gradient

Some specific procedures require a Net gradient of more than 2.5%. This will be indicated on the Chart

Procedure Missed Approach Gradient

A conflict exists between JAR 25 and ICAO JAR 25 requires a Approach Climb Gradient of 2.1% Gross and a Landing Climb gradient of 3.2% Gross ICAO requires a missed approach procedure gradient of at least 2.5% Net which may require at least 3.9% Gross And Tailwind has not been accounted for

Procedure Missed Approach Gradient

but what if you lose one on the go-around from a normal approach ?...

The case of an engine failure during Go-Around is not considered as this is deemed a remote possibility!!!

Landing Performance Data

Which is the more restrictive?
D Fn
Both Engines

Thrust Available on 1 Engine 75%


With Twins, the Approach Climb will be the most limiting

Procedure Missed Approach Gradient

Remember the Go-Around procedure is designed for 1 engine inop With all engines operating, this should not be a problem With 1 engine inop, generally this should not be a problem If the Go Around procedure is very different to EOP procedure, then it may be prudent to use this procedure Some airfields may specify this if terrain clearance is critical

Factors affecting landing distance (Typical)