blast pad

blast pad

blast pad
A specially prepared surface placed adjacent to the ends of the runways to eliminate the erosive effect on pavement surfaces by high jet engine efflux forces produced by the airplanes at the beginning of their takeoff rolls.
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This monster feature towers over the park, giving a choice between climbing down, propelling onto the Blast pad or sliding into the water below.
By the way, the displaced threshold should not be confused with a demarcation bar, which is a thin (3-foot-wide) yellow stripe marking "a blast pad, stopway or taxiway that precedes the runway." Often accompanied by yellow chevrons, this chunk of pavement is unusable for taxiing, takeoff and landing.