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Immediate Тakeoff Clearances

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When given the instruction ‘cleared for immediate takeoff’, the pilot is expected to act as follows:

  • At the holding point: taxi immediately on to the runway and commence take-off without stopping the aircraft.
  • If already lined up on the runway: take-off without delay. Should an immediate take-off not be possible, the pilot is to advise the controller


The purpose of the procedure for immediate takeoff is to provide expeditious and more efficient flow of air traffic when a runway is used both for takeoffs and landings.


  • The procedure takes into account local aerodrome particularities and is usually described in the Manual of operations of the respective unit.
  • The controller is supposed to ask the flight crew whether they can perform the procedure before issuing the line-up instruction. As usual, the word “takeoff” is used only when issuing the takeoff clearance. In all other cases the word “departure” is used instead.
  • The flight crew is supposed to advise the controller if unable to execute an immediate takeoff, preferably before passing the holding point.
  • The procedure is sometimes referred to as “rolling takeoff”. In official documents (ICAO Doc. 9432, ICAO Doc. 4444 Chapter 12, UK CAA CAP 413) only the terms “immediate takeoff” and ”immediate departure” are used.

Further Reading

Further Reading

  • ICAO Doc. 9432 Manual on Radiotelephony, 4th Ed., 2007
  • UK CAA CAP 413 RTF Manual, 21th Ed, 2003