Could circular runways be the future of air travel? This man thinks so  

This radical concept will make takeoff and landing less risky.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2017 11:20 pm
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In a bid to manage air traffic efficiently, a radical and novel concept proposes to abandon the traditional runways at airports for a circular runway. Titled as “the Endless Runway”, the breakthrough model intends to shift the lift-off and touchdown points of aircraft.

After spending years researching on the subject, Aviation expert Henk Hesselink of the Netherlands Aerospace Centre believes that circular runways could be the future of air travel. “My big idea is a circular runway. Aircraft can takeoff and land at points on this circle to make certain they have no crosswind and only headwind,” Hesselink was quoted as saying by bbc.

The main highlight of this concept is that it will become possible to let an aircraft avoid crosswinds while landing and takeoff.

“Passengers will experience a slight turn similar to a turn in the air. Because of the centrifugal forces, the aircraft will automatically go slower and towards the centre of the runway,” said the Dutch expert, adding “Pilots and passengers will not feel like they are in a roller coaster. They will only use part of this limited circle”.

A circular runway is equivalent in length to three straight runways, and up to three planes can takeoff and land anytime. Apart from military tests in the 1960s, a commercial circular runway has never been built.

Besides avoiding tricky landings, the circular runways can also have positive social and environmental impact. “This offers the possibility for less fuel burn in the area around the airfield. We can also design procedures to make certain that the environment is experiencing less noise as we now have the possibility to fly in from any direction and towards any direction. We can make a decision on where to fly and where to avoid flying,” he elaborated while adding that everyone living around the airport will have similar amount of noise. The circle of the runway, whose overall diameter is 3.5 kilometers, is large enough to provide ample space to house the terminals at its centre.

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  1. D
    Mar 17, 2017 at 6:40 pm
    Is that an Israeli-origin-Netherlandian idea? I know israelites are the dumbest next to Indian-origin-brahmins.
  2. M
    Mar 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm
    Smart idea comes only from smart people.
  3. G
    Mar 17, 2017 at 7:27 pm
    An ole says oles are the;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A brothel born aligns with a brothel born.
  4. G
    Mar 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm
    I just told you, brahmin ole loves a Brahmin ole and he prides in that and he wants only brahmin oles everywhere and he considers Israelites as their own OLES!
  5. A
    Alexander K
    Mar 18, 2017 at 9:38 am
    If it has to be successful and . Need lots of land... If terminal is going to be in between the security risks is high access to the terminal building would have to be underground.. or around the runway which would waste lot of land.. and if the terminal is around the runway aircraft parking space would be limited.. and centre portion can be used as remote parking bay.. but transporting penger from terminal to aircraft would also need to be planned as an under p or else it would effect landing and take;br/gt;And needs lots of trial so when building such a airport we need the present style runway in place as well so the land won't get wasted...
  6. A
    Mar 17, 2017 at 8:11 pm
    Man -you need to see a psychiatrist immediately.
  7. B
    Binu Mathew Varghese
    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:00 am
    A great idea if it can be implemented effectively safe and accident/incident free flying
  8. J
    John Johnny
    Mar 17, 2017 at 7:42 pm
    Thanks for revealing yourself to us...ole
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