At first, it sounds like a recipe for disaster – a circular runway in which three planes can take off and land at the same time. But, experts say the'Indy Car circuit' runway could revolutionize air travel, cutting out crosswinds and making for safer, more efficient runway operations. The Endless Runway project has proposed a plan to build a 3.5-kilometer-wide circular strip with banked sides around airports, with claims it would allow planes to fly in or out regardless of wind direction. Circular runways could revolutionize air travel, cutting out crosswinds and making for safer, more efficient runway operations, researchers say. The Endless Runway project has proposed a plan to build a 3.5-kilometer-wide circular strip with banked sides around airports Not only would a circular runway make travel more time-efficient, but it also opens the possibility of reducing an airport's environmental impact, as it would allow planes to burn less fuel, according to the BBC.
It simply wouldn't be New York Fashion Week without a mishap or two. The latest comes from model Gigi Hadid, who lost a crucial part of her wardrobe just before walking the runway. Hadid appeared at the Anna Sui show during the major event to take the runway in a new gold gown with a pink shawl adorned in fringe. Her feet were supposed to be covered in black stockings and glitter-gold heels, but the second heel didn't quite make it down the runway. In the video below, from TMZ, Hadid can be seen walking the runway like a pro, despite only having on her left heel.
After years of discussion and delay, the government is due to decide this week whether to build a new runway at Heathrow Airport, or at Gatwick. But given that Heathrow is already operating at maximum capacity, and its rival is expected to run out of space within the next few years, why does it have to be one option or another? Put simply, why hasn't the option of building an additional runway at both Gatwick and Heathrow been seriously considered? There are certainly strong arguments in favour of building two runways. The independent Airports Commission, which issued its final report last year, pointed out that London's airport system would be using 90 percent of available capacity by 2030.
"In terms of the principle of a new runway in the south east of England and Heathrow and the new north west runway, that is settled by the National Policy Statement and it is not possible to re-open that issue of principle during the planning process," said Robbie Owen, head of infrastructure planning at Pinsent Masons, and an external legal advisor to Heathrow.
Last summer, a heat wave in Phoenix caused more than 40 flights to be canceled as temperatures reached a scorching 119 degrees Fahrenheit. This mostly affected Bombardier regional jets, which weren't certified to fly in temperatures above 118 degrees. Larger Boeing and Airbus aircraft were able to take off normally.