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Circular Runways

Post by prcscct » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:09 pm

Why not? Convincing the industry and governments though may take 3 lifetimes. Pete :cheers:

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Re: Circular Runways

Post by RCer » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:45 pm

Okay, were's the STUPID button? Only possible way for this to work is for the plane to be 100% under computer control.

Humans can't make the fine adjustments necessary for landing fast enough on that runway.

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Re: Circular Runways

Post by HHTel » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:53 pm

Auto pilot landings have been well developed for years. Currently they're only used when visibility is low but they can be used at any time. So for a circular runway, auto-landings would have to be the norm.

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Re: Circular Runways

Post by Gregjam » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:34 pm

Interesting concept. I did not see any mention of the safety zone required around the runway. If something goes wrong During landing would think that a plane would go outside of the runway due to centripetal force. Using present straight runways the plane stands a chance of staying on or near the runway improving access for emergency services.
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Re: Circular Runways

Post by Ginjaninja » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:18 pm

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Re: Circular Runways

Post by Bristolian » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:38 pm

If we could spin the runway as in roulette it would really make landings and take-offs interesting.

Thai airport engineers, anxious to make Thailand a hub, would probably design the helter shelter version for the final 1000m of descent.

Total crackpot idea unless you live on a very small island and equip the plane with floats or land it on a string :roll: :D
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Re: Circular Runways

Post by kendo » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:25 pm

Throw in a few variables like cross winds and the dark.
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