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March 19, 2010

U.S., Zambia Reach Open Skies Agreement

DOT Secretary LaHood Announces First Aviation Agreement Between The Countries

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced Wednesday that the United States and Zambia have signed an Open-Skies aviation agreement, liberalizing U.S.-Zambia air services for the carriers of both countries. 

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Third 747-8 Freighter Joins Flight Test

Flight Testing Proceeding With Deliveries To Begin Late In The Year

The third Boeing 747-8 Freighter, RC 521, successfully completed its first flight Wednesday. It is the final test airplane scheduled to participate in the flight-test program for the 747-8 Freighter.

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Commercial Airlines May Rely Heavily On Biofuels by 2020

Concerns Raised the Feedstocks Will Compete With Land Used For Farming Food

Airlines will likely fly using fuel made from plant sources rather than petroleum-based jet fuel within the next 10 years. The forecast was made during the World Biofuels Markets conference held this week in Amsterdam.

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NTSB Says Northwest Pilots' Distraction Led To Overflight Of Minneapolis

Notes ATC Shortcomings, Issues Recommendations On ATC Procedures

The NTSB has determined that Northwest Airlines flight 188 overflew its destination airport of Minneapolis by more than 100 miles and failed to maintain radio communications because the pilots became distracted by a conversation unrelated to the operation of the aircraft.

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FAA Proposes $300,000 Civil Penalty Against American Airlines

Second Large Penalty Proposed In Six Days Against The Airline

The FAA announced Thursday that it is proposing a $300,000 civil penalty on American Airlines for a maintenance violation. It is the second such civil penalty proposed in the past six days.

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