Aviation Safety Legislation

The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (PL 111-216) was signed into law on August 1, 2010.  For a summary of the provisions included in this new law, please click here.

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On the Second Day of Christmas, Flight 3407 Victim Kevin Johnston's Family Wishes for FAA to Come Through on Stronger Training Requirements PDF Print E-mail

October 1 Deadline Has Come and Gone; Proposal Would Address Stall and Upset Recognition and Recovery Deficiencies That Contributed to Crash

Buffalo, New York- December 8, 2011 – As yet another holiday season approaches without their father and husband, the family of passenger Kevin Johnston, the Director of Safety at Henkel Technologies-Americas, called upon the Obama administration, particularly Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, to expeditiously complete an in-progress rule making that would significantly strengthen the pilot training curriculum for all commercial airlines. In particular, the rule in its proposed form would address critical NTSB safety recommendations in the wake of Flight 3407 that called for more robust training on stall and upset recognition and recovery, as well as for more aggressive remedial training programs for pilots who have struggled with proficiency checks.

On the First Day of Christmas, Flight 3407 Victim Elly Kausner's Family Wishes for Acting FAA Administrator Huerta to Deliver New Pilot Fatigue Rule PDF Print E-mail

Regional Airline Pilots Scheduled to the Max; Desperately in Need of New Scheduling Limits

Buffalo, New York- December 7, 2011 – Facing a third Christmas season without twenty-four year old Ellyce Kausner, who had been a law student at Florida Coastal School of Law, her family issued a plea to the Obama administration, particularly Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, to end two decades of government gridlock and issue a critical new rule to fight pilot fatigue prior to this Christmas. Their appeal comes as part of the Flight 3407 Families 'Twelve Days of Christmas' campaign, aimed at highlighting key elements of the family group's push for 'One Level of Safety' for all passengers traveling on the nation's regional airlines, which account for over half of all flights flown in the United States.

Flight 3407 Families Announce 'Twelve Days of Christmas' Campaign to Personalize Pilot Fatigue and Other Critical Safety Reforms Facing FAA PDF Print E-mail

Attempt to Counter Industry's Lobbying Dollars and Pressure with Human Side of the Issue

Buffalo, New York- December 6, 2011 – In the wake of media reports that have cited assurances from Obama administration officials to New York congressional delegation members that critical new guidelines on pilot fatigue will be enacted prior to Christmas, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' have launched a holiday season outreach to highlight the loved ones they lost, as well as the numerous safety initiatives on the FAA's docket.

Flight 3407 Families Frustrated Over Administration Missing Another Deadline on New Pilot Fatigue Rule PDF Print E-mail

Call Out Airline Lobbyists Who Continue to Obstruct Process

Buffalo, New York- December 1, 2011 – As the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration missed another deadline on issuing critical new pilot flight and duty time limits geared at addressing a decades-old problem of pilot fatigue, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' lashed out at the continued delay in the process.

Flight 3407 Families Support Call for Holder to Investigate Colgan's Withholding of Information from NTSB Investigation PDF Print E-mail

Echo Letter from Western New York Congressional Delegation to Justice Department

Buffalo, New York- October 31, 2011 – The ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ strongly endorsed a letter sent by the Western New York congressional delegation to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking for a Justice Department investigation of whether Colgan Air, who operated the fatal crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407, violated federal law. The letter comes on the heels of revelations that Colgan withheld relevant emails from NTSB investigators, as well as questions of whether Colgan officials misled investigators in their testimony.

Flight 3407 Family Member Attacks Colgan/Pinnacle for Withholding Key Email from NTSB's Initial Investigation PDF Print E-mail

Calls on Congress to Investigate This Breach of Responsibility to the Flying Public

Buffalo, New York- October 25, 2011 – In the midst of an aviation safety crusade that has encompassed over forty trips to Washington to fight for stronger standards and oversight of regional airlines, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' lashed out at Colgan Air over the release of internal company email correspondence that once again brought the training credentials of Flight 3407's pilot into question. Kevin Kuwik, who lost his thirty-year-old girlfriend Lorin Maurer in the crash, and is not party to any legal action against Colgan or Pinnacle, issued the following statement calling on Congress to investigate why Colgan was not completely forthcoming in initially providing this documentation to NTSB investigators over two-and-a-half years ago:

Flight 3407 Families Condemn Airline Lobby's Hiring of Obama Assistant to Senior VP Position PDF Print E-mail

Call Out Another Industry Play for Behind-the-Scenes Influence on Administration on Pilot Fatigue and Other Safety Initiatives

Buffalo, New York- September 21, 2011 – As a critical pilot fatigue safety initiative flounders at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ lashed out at the Airline Transport Association’s (ATA) recent announcement that it had appointed Sean Kennedy, formerly White House Special Assistant to the President, to the position of Senior Vice President Global Government Affairs.

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