A contest sponsored by an airliner maker is looking for good ideas to make air travel greener. For each passenger mile chalked up air travel is the worst producer of greenhouse gas emissions. Walking barefoot would be the best, of course. So getting greener would be a sweet tnhing for airlines to consider. European plane maker Airbus has invited student engineers to propose green innovations for commercial air travel.
Stanford students suggested planes on similar routes should fly in V-formation like some migrating waterfowl. Lowers air resistance. An Australian team proposed using some natureal fibers in building the plane interior. The contest is now down to the top five proposals. Winners will be announced next month at the Paris Air Show. The top rpize is 30,000 Euros, now over $40,000 US.