Designing the Perfect Airport Runway

  • Published: 10 August 2018
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  • Real Engineering
    Real Engineering   1 years back

    You may have noticed little numbers popping onto screen throughout the video. These are referring to references in the description of the video. This was inspired by my friend, Simon Clark. Specifically this video: Props go to him for the clever technique.

    • iamthinking2202 _
      iamthinking2202 _  3 months back

      @Will Harris runway 26?

    • iamthinking2202 _
      iamthinking2202 _  3 months back

      Had a check of runway direction, and they do seem to generally be aligned with prevailing wind direction... Beijing Capital Airport, Dubai, and Tokyo Haneda are three exceptions where the runways aren't aligned east west while still being in the northern hemisphere

      IFLYALLDAY Yeet  3 months back

      You forgot schiphol airport it has 4 or 5 rw

    • James Nzomo
      James Nzomo  4 months back

      Excellent vid! If you ever get the chance (and if you do take subscriber requests into consideration for future vids), it would be fantastic to watch an episode on "Designing the perfect raceway/racetrack" in your unique presentation approach

    • Roodj1
      Roodj1  4 months back

      AsHalt just to say the 225 does come into the US from Russia carrying passengers and cargo.

  • Cajun76
    Cajun76  10 hours back

    The reason planes takeoff and land into the wind is to reduce the amount of runway they need. If you had unlimited runway, it wouldn't matter, because airspeed is independent of ground speed.

    • Atif Mirza
      Atif Mirza  21 hours back

      Well...... He only said how long the runway will be

      • Mississippian Survival

        Why am I watching this just to make a Minecraft airfield

        • Tim Sullivan
          Tim Sullivan  2 days back

          Having at best only a basic understanding of the subjects you cover (which is WHY I am a regular viewer) and because your content is so well presented, your channel gives me scant opportunity to post comments that offer esoteric insights, point out errors/omissions over-looked by all others, or whatever else my pathetic ego perceives as a means of self-affirmation. But... I HAVE noticed instead of "height" you say "heighth." So there!

          • CDSAfghan
            CDSAfghan  5 days back

            10:03 that's Lincoln Park my home airport! I fly helicopters out of there every day. N07 in the CONUS NE near TEB Teterboro and EWR Newark

            • 1905parth
              1905parth  7 days back

              Paris Charles de Gaulle is way closer to the center of Paris than London Heathrow is to the center of London.

              • Creativecoverz
                Creativecoverz  2 weeks back

                Heathrow is not smack in the middle of london? Its actually no where near london. Probably a 90 minute drive away

                • Khmerminn Sota
                  Khmerminn Sota  2 weeks back

                  What about vertical take-off and landing for all commercial airplanes!

                • R4D104C71V3
                  R4D104C71V3  2 weeks back

                  Real Engineering: 9:46

                  AN-225: Am I A Joke To You?

                  A380: Largest Commercial Plane*

                  • Papa Tango
                    Papa Tango  2 weeks back

                    6:33 They finalized that plan

                    • Papa Tango
                      Papa Tango  2 weeks back

                      5:48 That is Las Vegas Airport KLAS

                      • Free Malia Obama
                        Free Malia Obama  2 weeks back

                        0:35 suddenly v6 engine

                        • D. Peters
                          D. Peters  3 weeks back

                          The longest runway in the world is in China: Qamdo Bamda Airport in China has the longest paved runway in the world at 18,045 feet.

                          • Eli I think I 8 won Gray

                            The a380 is not the worlds biggest plane

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                              HAIKAL SUPER STALLION  3 weeks back

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                              • Methani K.
                                Methani K.  3 weeks back

                                *The perfect runway doesn't exi-*

                                Real engineering:How to design the perfect runway

                                Me:hey thats a good question

                                • Roger Cueto
                                  Roger Cueto  3 weeks back

                                  Dublin as a reference for busiest airports? LOL...I think you accent gave away your bias there buddy!

                                  • Gaming W/ Nicko
                                    Gaming W/ Nicko  4 weeks back

                                    Changi Airport: *Am I a joke to you?*

                              4 weeks back

                                      I don't know why y'all muthafuckas don't take off going slightly down hill

                                      • Lachlan Bagshaw
                                        Lachlan Bagshaw  1 months back

                                        9:50, the a380 is not the largest plane in the world

                                        • geonerd
                                          geonerd  1 months back

                                          No, no, NO!

                                          "Balanced Field" You keep using that word.... (phrase)
                                          PLEASE do better research next time.

                                          • VigPlane01
                                            VigPlane01  1 months back

                                            And SFO?

                                            • h4st3d idk
                                              h4st3d idk  1 months back

                                              Maybe stupid but since take off and landing are the most dangerous and fuel consumption moments, what about an arm or a launcher to litteraly take the plane ?

                                              • well see
                                                well see  1 months back

                                                The busiest airports in the world DUBLIN

                                                • Marty McFly
                                                  Marty McFly  1 months back

                                                  Why most of runways I saw, were not flat? They were very wavy and I can't understand why; is there anyone who can help me? Here the wavy runways I saw:

                                                  Thank you 😊

                                                  • KuKajin
                                                    KuKajin  1 months back

                                                    That circular run ray really scares me, the fact someone would come up with that idea means they have no knowledge of aircraft. And as a pilot myself that’d be a nightmare even in my bonanza

                                                    • Yakup işler
                                                      Yakup işler  1 months back

                                                      Istanbul New Airport also will have 5 parallel runways once all the phasses completed. Right now, there are 2 parallel runways, which are 4100 m and 3600 m along.

                                                      • Matthew McCartney
                                                        Matthew McCartney  1 months back

                                                        Aircraft treadmill? lol

                                                        • Issac Wessing
                                                          Issac Wessing  2 months back

                                                          This missed alot of basic information on runway design take off speed and distance. Like why it's common to see runways going in different directions or how wind speed affects take off speed and distance.

                                                          • Lord _ Scrubington
                                                            Lord _ Scrubington  2 months back

                                                            um, the antanov 225 is the worlds largest plane.

                                                            • Strothy2
                                                              Strothy2  2 months back

                                                              ahhhh 21bn dollar privately founded... come visit Berlins Ghost airport... we tried and failed... still not open and it wont be until 2021...

                                                              • AliveButNotDead Mix
                                                                AliveButNotDead Mix  2 months back

                                                                The Mumbai Airport (VOBB) in India is also in the middle of the City.

                                                                • SephirothRyu
                                                                  SephirothRyu  2 months back

                                                                  Eh, as soon as we get fusion reactors small enough to shove on an airliner, we'll just make them all VTOLs while we're at it.

                                                                  • Daniel Hebard
                                                                    Daniel Hebard  2 months back

                                                                    I'm not even an engineer and I can think of several reasons why a circular runway would probably be a bad idea.....

                                                                    • Auxence Fromont
                                                                      Auxence Fromont  1 weeks back

                                                                      better idea : a circular and INCLINED TOWARD THE CENTER runway: now the pilot doesn't have to turn, just to land with a 45° angle

                                                                      i am a genius, WHERE IS MAY NOBEL PRIZE ? XD

                                                                  • poisoxned
                                                                    poisoxned  2 months back

                                                                    The 737-300 isn’t the most common aircraft. The 737-800 is

                                                                    • scottn7cy
                                                                      scottn7cy  2 months back

                                                                      This video is incorrectly named. It does not really address the perfect runway. It is focused on Heathrow Airport having outgrown its useful life in its current location. The airport closer to the "perfect runway" would be something like Dallas-Fort Worth, but there's no way to fit that airport anywhere near London. No disrespect intended to London - it's just got no space to put a new airport.

                                                                      • ItsaBrick
                                                                        ItsaBrick  2 months back

                                                                        First person I've seen on YT to mention Ireland

                                                                        • Wimar Schippers
                                                                          Wimar Schippers  2 months back

                                                                          I don’t think the FAA has much to say about runway spacing on Heathrow ;)

                                                                          • Wimar Schippers
                                                                            Wimar Schippers  1 months back

                                                                            Paul Furey I believe the registration of the aircraft has no impact on the regulations that the airport has to comply with. FAA is the American aviation authority. In Europe we have EASA regulations to comply with.

                                                                          • Paul Furey
                                                                            Paul Furey  1 months back

                                                                            Maybe for N registered aircraft?

                                                                        • Bear Lemley
                                                                          Bear Lemley  2 months back

                                                                          Circular runways. 13:25 “These are the kinds of issues that come about only after engineers carefully analyze the design”

                                                                          I don’t think it takes much thought to shoot that one down.

                                                                          • TheBraveGallade
                                                                            TheBraveGallade  1 weeks back

                                                                            If anything, it should be a octagonal runway or a hexogonal one

                                                                        • Mike Casler
                                                                          Mike Casler  2 months back

                                                                          *DOUBLE DECKER RUNWAYS*

                                                                          • Ceryus Business
                                                                            Ceryus Business  2 months back


                                                                            • Jm56Z
                                                                              Jm56Z  2 months back

                                                                              The best runway in the world is KSP's. You cannot land anything on it. Not because it's too short or surrounded with mountains... No, just because the physics make planes almost impossible to control !

                                                                              • Percy CPC
                                                                                Percy CPC  2 months back

                                                                                The pilot can choose whether to abroad or continue the take off before V1

                                                                              • MR. Gamer
                                                                                MR. Gamer  2 months back

                                                                                At 5:20 2 planes can NOT be on the runway unless they are small and are in a formason.

                                                                                • MR. Gamer
                                                                                  MR. Gamer  2 months back

                                                                                  11:00 you do not count the blast pad

                                                                              • Harry Baller
                                                                                Harry Baller  2 months back

                                                                                9:40 what airport is that.

                                                                                • Matthew Nord
                                                                                  Matthew Nord  2 months back

                                                                                  I remember how popular the circular runway was for a long time. People were going “it’s the future” (cnn, Fox, etc) and no one even considered how much of a pain it would be. Thanks for not siding with designers. Engineer gang for life

                                                                                  • Florian Rochler
                                                                                    Florian Rochler  2 months back

                                                                                    what's the music...?