Airbus A380 (04:21)
The super jumbo is poised to dominate the airline industry; Airbus reveals the first of five prototypes in 2005. Features include a carbon fiber central wing box, aerodynamic wing design, GLARE, weight reduction, self-contained power packs and more.
The Aviation Academy (02:37)
The academy offers several courses to help ensure there are enough workers to meet industry expansion; technology continues to evolve. Students work alongside professionals to better understand daily airport operations.
Air Traffic Controllers (02:22)
Controllers are responsible for the flow of planes through a specific area. An air traffic control simulator improves safety and performance, and reduces learning time.
Aircraft Interior (02:10)
An expo reveals the latest in cabin design for passenger planes—sleeping cabins, personalized inflight entertainment, and integrated children's seats. Luxury air travel is a growing industry.
Greener Air Travel (03:18)
Virgin Atlantic completes a flight from London to Amsterdam in a plane that incorporates biofuel; the company wants to reduce its carbon footprint. Richard Branson discusses the use of algae as fuel.
Supersonic Aircraft (03:36)
The Concorde fleet retires in 2003; its fly-by-wire system interface converts flight controls to electronic signals. The A2, a hypersonic aircraft, is under development; the reaction engine will allow speeds in excess of Mach 5.
Eco-friendly Aviation Design (03:26)
An exhibition in the U.K. seeks to increase public awareness of carbon footprints and showcases new design ideas. Introducing new aircraft is a long process. The aviation industry is a technological timeline.
Credits: Aviation (00:28)
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