To leave a guestbook message to the families of Continental Flight 3407, please click the link to the right
Thursday, 22 July 2010 02:10
I am in awe of the tenacity of the families of 3704. What they have accomplished is truly a tribute to their loved ones and a model for government change from the grassroots level. I know my friend Beverly (Eckert) is smiling from above, as her family takes inspiration from her short life, to accomplish great things here in her memory.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 07:53
Too bad the politicians are hijacking this worthwhile issue by tagging on handouts to labor unions re Fedex. So much garbage delays or gets passed by attaching to perfectly legit issues like this. What horrible opportunists these politicians who do this are. Heres to success without the pork and unrelated tag-alongs, and to ever more healing from losing so much.
Friday, 16 July 2010 12:53
From Canada with compassion for all the families torn by this tragedy may you all find peace and some form of healing from your scars within for whatever it is worth ! Godspeed
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 16:58
Latest on legislation - looking at an August 1st deadline. Senate Republicans and House Democrats not playing nice (typical DC) - youll Be seeing our group down there a lot between now and then.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 11:37
What is the update on the legislation efforts?
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 15:27
Classy people flying for our regional airlines out there...sad. http://blog.seattlepi.com/flyinglessons/archives/213723.asp
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 11:09
Everytime I fly into Buffalo or anywhere, I think of flight 3407 and the families.
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 19:10
The fact that the names of the pilots were mentioned in this memorial speaks HIGHLY of those who created this website. God Bless
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 18:46
The dirt that has been exposed in this accident absolutely blows me away. Number one I cannot believe the airlines allowed the cockpit experience levels and pilot performance records to slip to such low levels and two, how in the world do they think it is for one moment anything less than a criminal act to fight legislation to correct the issues. My hat is off to the families who in their time of sorrow have stepped up to the plate and put forth the effort to make air transportation safer for the rest of us. God bless you.
Sunday, 30 May 2010 09:44
This accident should be examined to the fullest to help prepare pilots and other flight crew to improve aviation safety. My deepest sympathy to all the families. I hope President Obama will be true to his word as he met with families in his visit to Buffalo, New York at the Airport in Cheektowaga, New York. May God Bless all of the families.
Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:27
Met Scott Maurer on a flight from DC. Very nice man and I was most inpressed by the passion he had for this effort to improve commercial avaition safety. Keep up the very good work Scott and it was a pleasure speaking with you!
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 09:18
As Butler season ticket holders, we were aware of this tragic accident. The newspaper reported that Kevin texted the Butler players: "play with passion" after the accident. To Kevin and all of Lorins family, our deepest sympathy.
Sunday, 16 May 2010 18:51
god bless the victims of 3407
Monday, 10 May 2010 06:31
I remember February 12, 2009 well. Living in Rochester only an hour to the east, I remember the weather being fairly poor but not impossible that night. I nearly went to bed but for some strange reason felt compelled to turn the tv on and thats when I saw the terrible news. As a husband, father, brother, son, and frequent flyer, the news came crashing down on me with unbelieveable weight. This event has affected me forever and I hope that no one ever has to go through what you all have gone through in the past year+. I applaud your efforts to improve air safety and hope you keep fighting for what is right, no matter who gets offended or complains.
Thursday, 06 May 2010 08:43
Thanks Frank. That link was posted earlier on the guestbook. It does in fact illustrate a very sad state the industry has found itself in. Of all the things I like to economize on, air transportation is not one of them on a very short list.
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 13:03
here is why 3407 went down http://forums.jetcareers.com/general-topics/53768-expectations-how-save-5-a
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 01:48
H.R. 3371, THE Ã¢â‚¬Å“AIRLINE SAFETY AND PILOT TRAINING IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2009Ã¢â‚¬Â Pilot Training, Qualifications, Screening and Professional Development Air Carrier Safety and Pilot Training Task Force Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Establishes a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Task Force that will identify aviation industry best practices regarding: pilot training, pilot professional standards, and inter-carrier information sharing, mentoring and other safety-related practices. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ The Task Force shall report to Congress every 180 days on air carrier progress implementing best practices, and make recommendations for legislative and regulatory action. Implementation of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Recommendations Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Requires FAA to ensure that pilots are trained on stall recovery, upset recovery, and that airlines provide remedial training. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Mandates the FAA to convene a multidisciplinary panel on pilot training for stick pusher operations, and then take action to implement the recommendations of the panel. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Requires the Secretary of Transportation to provide an annual report to Congress on what the agency is doing to address each open NTSB recommendation pertaining to part 121 air carriers. Pilot Qualifications, Screening, Mentoring & Professional Development: Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Requires airline pilots to hold an FAA Airline Transport Pilot license (1,500 minimum flight hours required). Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Establishes comprehensive pre-employment screening of prospective pilots including an assessment of a pilotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s skills, aptitudes, airmanship and suitability for functioning in the airlineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s operational environment. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Requires airlines to: establish pilot mentoring programs whereby highly experienced pilots will mentor junior pilots; create Pilot Professional Development Committees; modify training programs to accommodate new-hire pilots with different levels and types of flight experience; and provide leadership and command training to pilots in command (including complying with the Ã¢â‚¬Å“sterile cockpit ruleÃ¢â‚¬Â). Airline Training Hour Requirements Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Studies the best methods and optimal time needed in airline training programs for pilots to master necessary aircraft systems, maneuvers, and procedures; the length of time between training events including recurrent training; and the best methods to reliably evaluate mastery of systems, maneuvers and procedures. Pilot Records Database Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Creates a Pilot Records Database, within 90 days, to provide airlines with fast, electronic access to a pilotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s comprehensive record. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Information included in the database will include pilotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s licenses, aircraft ratings, check rides, Notices of Disapproval and other flight proficiency tests. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ FAA will maintain the database and airlines will be able to access the database for hiring purposes only. 1 2 Fatigue Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Flight and Duty Time Rule: Directs the FAA to update and implement new pilot flight and duty time rules and fatigue risk management plans within one year to more adequately track scientific research in the field of fatigue. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Fatigue Risk Management Systems: Requires air carriers, within 90 days, to create fatigue risk management systems approved by FAA to proactively mitigate pilot fatigue. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Commuting Study: Studies the impact of pilot commuting on fatigue and provides preliminary results after four months to the FAA to be considered as part of the flight and duty time rulemaking. Voluntary Safety Programs Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ ASAP and FOQA: Directs the FAA to develop and implement a plan to facilitate the establishment of an Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) and a Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) program by all commercial airlines and their unions. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Report: Requires FAA to report on ASAP, FOQA, Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA), and Advanced Qualification Program (AQP), which will include: an analysis of which airlines are using the programs or if they are using something comparable that achieves similar safety goals; how FAA will expand the use of the programs; and how FAA is using data from the programs as safety analysis and oversight tools for aviation safety inspectors. Flight Schools, Flight Education and Pilot Academic Training Study Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Directs the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study of: current pilot academic training requirements compared to flight education provided by accredited two- and four-year universities and foreign academic requirements; FAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s oversight of flight schools, and student loan options available to student pilots. Other Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ FAA Safety Oversight by Inspectors: Requires the Department of Transportation Inspector General to study and report to Congress on if the number and experience level of safety inspectors assigned to regional airlines is commensurate with that of mainline airlines; and whether the various data sources that inspectors need to access to perform oversight of airlines can be streamlined into one data source. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Truth in Advertising: Mandates that at the first page of an Internet website that sells airline tickets to disclose to the purchaser of each ticket the air carrier that operates each segment of the flight. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Weather Event Training Panel: Requires the FAA to convene a multidisciplinary panel on pilot training for weather events including microburst, windshear and icing conditions.
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 01:46
High Flight Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward Ive climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds, Ã¢â‚¬â€ and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of Ã¢â‚¬â€ wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hovring there, Ive chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . . Up, up the long, delirious burning blue Ive topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or ever eagle flew Ã¢â‚¬â€ And, while with silent, lifting mind Ive trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. Ã¢â‚¬â€ John Gillespie Magee, Jr We shall never forget them -God Speed
Friday, 30 April 2010 07:37
Although fatigue has been the focus of many studies, there is a lack of available information regarding the effects of commuting and nutrition on Pilot and Flight Attendant Fatigue. This type of information could help us look at a deeper systemic problem. The economics of the industry and the transient locations of crew bases and locations at airports in costly major cities necessitate the ability for pilots, particularly those with less seniority, to commute from less expensive communities. The recent mergers only add to this. Although, it may not make sense to restrict commuting, it does make sense to give pilots the tools, resources, and education they need to succeed. Involuntary changes of crew bases are not accompanied with paid moves, home buy-out packages, etc. Many carriers do not have commuting policies to assist pilots. We cannot get to solutions until we start asking the questions.
Friday, 30 April 2010 06:49
I am designing a research project to look at the effects of commuting on pilot fatigue and other factors surrounding commuting. I am also a former commuting regional airline pilot. I will need a lot of support and funding for the project.