At present the regular airports has the straight runways which are quite good but has a lot of problems while landings and take-offs due to crosswinds. Also, you can see the nos of planes at presently flying in the sky here and these nos are increasing day by day, due to which also traffic on the airport is going to increase and when the straight runways will not be sufficient to handle so much traffic of aeroplanes and manage it. Due to this reason, the concept of a circular airport will be a revolution – How? Will the circular runway ever truly take off? Might circular runways solve aviation’s environmental challenges? ‘The Endless Runway‘ project, led by a team of Dutch scientists from the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) essentially presents the space-saving, emission-reducing concept of a circular runway best articulated in image form as you can see. Th,e project and idea are undoubtedly revolutionary and to find out more International Airport Review spoke exclusively to Senior R&D Manager Henk Hesselink for a behind-the-scenes insight.
We know the problems that their will be traffic increased on airports and the problem of cross wind, now The Circular Airport concept solves this problem as the aeroplane could start landing at any point on the runway and also the cross winds won’t be a problem for the pilots, This concept could easily manage the traffic in the airport. Each airports will have two circular runways one for take offs and one for landings. It allows three aeroplanes to land and to take off at a time. It could handle the traffic of 4 normal airports. This is initially a large cost and also economically not affordable to implement directly but it could be implemented where new airports are constructed and then after every airport should be modified. For easy conceptual view watch the video below you will understand it easily. The project is an innovative project that aims at solutions beyond 2050. But with all attention that they receive now, They do hope that the topic is taken up at faster pace. It will certainly take many years, but their optimistic guess would be in about 20 years. The next step will be to perform actual flight tests. First for the standard behaviour of the aircraft on the Endless Runway during take-off and landing. They need to perform several flights to test many different operational circumstances. Specifically under different weather conditions. Next to this they want to test emergency procedures. In a controlled environment with pre-planned situations, they will be able to perform all kinds of emergencies during each phase of flight.