Maneuvering area

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A maneuvering area or manoeuvring area is that part of an aerodrome to be used by aircraft for takeoff, landing, and taxiing, excluding aprons and areas designed for maintenance of an aircraft.[1][2]

Movement area[edit]

A movement area, as defined by ICAO, is "That part of an aerodrome to be used for the takeoff, landing and taxiing of aircraft, consisting of the maneuvering area and the apron(s)."[1]

In Canada, the movement area consists of the manoeuvering area and aprons.[3] In the United States, the movement area excludes aprons. Federal Aviation Regulations part 139.5 states, "Movement area means the runways, taxiways, and other areas of an airport that are used for taxiing, takeoff, and landing of aircraft, exclusive of loading ramps and aircraft parking areas."[4] At airports/heliports with a tower, specific approval for entry onto the movement area must be obtained from air traffic control.


  1. ^ a b "AERODROME STANDARDS" (PDF). International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "definition: Maneuvering Area" (PDF). Administrative Order 91. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Civil Aviation Terminology System (CATS)". Transport Canada. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "US Federal Aviation Regulations 139.5 Definitions". Retrieved 14 January 2013.