After much anticipation and preparation, 19 students and 2 instructors departed on July 16 for a 4-week study abroad study of Sustainable Food, Environment and Social Systems in Australia. The journey included 4 flight segments, 5 airports, crossing the international date line and approximately 10,000 miles of travel.
One of the special attributes of this segment was the leg from LAX to SYD onboard an airbus A380. The aircraft holds 450 passenger and approximately 85,000 gallon of fuel. Shown is the tail webcam as we landed in Sydney. In thinking about our theme of sustainability and the use of so much fuel to get here, Airbus states “In addition to offering superior levels of passenger comfort, the A380 provides the lowest fuel burn per seat – which allows airlines to substantially reduce CO2 emissions for a healthier environment while achieving profitable, sustainable growth for decades to come. ” Maybe the A380 is indicative of our learning opportunities.
2011 Spartans “Down-under” and safe. We’ve arrived in Adelaide and while it was 90 degrees in East Lansing it was around 60 degrees here.
Go Green, Go White… Oy… Oy… Oy… Aussie, Aussie, Aussie.
You know you’re in Australia when the roos are in the same numbers as Michigan deer. We even fed a few and petted a koala to keep ourselves awake. Again, we’re all safe and sound down-under.
Luke and Jim