The amount of power that an engine is allowed to produce for a limited period of time for takeoff. The use of takeoff power is usually limited to 5 min for reciprocating engines and up to 2½ min for gas turbine engines. This may not always be the case. Specifically, with respect to reciprocating engines, it is the brake horsepower developed under standard, sea-level conditions and under the maximum conditions of the crankshaft rotational speed and the engine manifold pressure approved for the normal take-off. It is limited in continuous use to the period of time shown in the approved engine specifications. With respect to gas turbine engines, it is the thrust developed under static conditions at a specified altitude and atmospheric conditions of the rotor shaft rotational speed and gas temperature approved for the normal takeoff. It is limited in continuous use to the period of time shown in the approved engine specifications.
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