Could circular runways be the future of air travel? Aviation expert Henk Hesselink of the Netherlands Aerospace Centre believes so.
Could an endless circular runway be the future of air travel? The remarkable idea is the brainchild of Henk Hesselink, a Dutch engineer who believes we need a fundamental rethink in how we design airports. What he has come up with is a circular banked runway that would cut weather delays, increase capacity, and help travellers avoid queues.
Hesselink explained to Lonely Planet: “I was thinking how to avoid challenging crosswind conditions that cause difficulties for landing and cause capacity drops. We need a system where the aircraft can take off and land always under the same conditions. The solution … a circle.” A circle means a point could always be found without a crosswind while runway overshoots would also become a thing of the past, he said.
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