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The Endless Runway

Objective

"The airport’s capacity is determined by the capacity of its runway system. The real capacity is usually lower than the declared capacity because of weather restrictions (cross- and tailwind and visibility) and because of dependencies between runways.

Aircraft need to take off and land within defined cross- and tailwind limits. The direction of the runway determines the cross- and tailwind components. With changing wind (direction and speed), other runways in other directions need to be used.

This proposal investigates the use of a circular runway. Starting anywhere in the circle, aircraft can take off from the point where the crosswind is at minimum (or zero). Just as well, they can land at the point where they fly exactly headwind and continue their landing roll in the circle, exiting anywhere where they are closest to their gate. This will create a runway that can be used under any conditions without loss of capacity."

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-L0
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS LUCHT - EN RUIMTEVAARTCENTRUM
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059 CM Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 182 249
Administrative Contact
Henk Hesselink (Mr.)

Participants (4)

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 118 898
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Richter (Mr.)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 125 492
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maud Dupeyrat (Ms.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNICA AEROESPACIAL ESTEBAN TERRADAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 102 353
Address
Cr Torrejon Ajalvir Km 4 2
28850 Torrejon De Ardoz Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María Paz Blanco (Ms.)
SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ-INSTYTUTLOTNICTWA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 33 250
Address
Ul. Al Krakowska 110/114
02 256 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marian Jez (Prof.)