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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Flight 3407 Families Renew Call for One Level of Safety in Response to Colgan Air's Difficulties This Week PDF Print E-mail

Colgan Lands at Wrong Airport and Receives FAA Fine for Training Shortcuts in Same Week

Buffalo, New York- September 16, 2011 – The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' responded to news of two safety lapses at Colgan Air this week by reiterating the importance of stronger aviation safety guidelines, particularly for the nation's regional carriers. In the space of one week, Colgan had a pilot land his plane at the wrong airport, and received notice of a proposed $1.9 million fine from the FAA for using improperly-trained flight attendants on 172 flights. "

Flight 3407 Families Write to President Obama; Ask Him to Come Through on Aviation Safety Promises PDF Print E-mail

Families Revisit May 2010 Meeting with President

Buffalo, New York- September 13, 2011 – With Senator Chuck Schumer at their side, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' announced Tuesday that they were sending a letter (text included below) to President Barack Obama, calling on him to deliver on the assurances he gave group members at a May 2010 meeting in Buffalo, New York. The letter comes at a critical juncture in the group's fight for higher aviation safety standards, as the airlines and their lobbyists attempt to obstruct the enactment of an update to our nation's fifty-year old flight and duty time regulations for pilots.

Flight 3407 Families to Meet with White House Office; Major Announcement Scheduled for Tuesday in Washington PDF Print E-mail

Victims' Families Fight to Counter Industry Resistance to Critical New Pilot Fatigue Regulation

Buffalo, New York- September 12, 2011 – With the Federal Aviation Administration now six weeks late in meeting Congress's mandate to issue a new pilot flight and duty time regulation, members of the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' will be in Washington on Tuesday to push for action from the White House. In addition to meeting with the White House Office of Management and Budget, where the fatigue safety reform is currently being held up, the group has scheduled a major announcement for late Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill.

On 10th Anniversary of 9/11, FAA's Decades of Foot-Dragging on Pilot Fatigue Brings Back Memories of Cockpit Security Issue for Eckert Family PDF Print E-mail

Flight 3407 Victim Beverly Eckert Learned That FAA, Government Did Nothing Despite Being Warned for Over 30 Years

Buffalo, New York- September 9, 2011 – Since losing their sister and 9/11 widow Beverly Eckert in the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in February 2009, her sisters Karen Eckert and Susan Bourque have been key members of the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407', fiercely advocating for stronger aviation safety measures. As the ten year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, they drew parallels between the FAA's long-time inaction on cockpit security which contributed to 9/11, and its current struggles in issuing a long-overdue new regulation on pilot flight and duty times.

Flight 3407 Families Blast Airline Industry for Coordinated Effort to Stall Fatigue Safety Reforms PDF Print E-mail

ATA, Cargo and Non-Scheduled Carriers Pull Out All Stops to Pressure White House to Back Down on Babbitt and LaHood's Top Safety Priority

Buffalo, New York- September 6, 2011 – With the White House seemingly in gridlock and already late in meeting a Congressional deadline for issuing a new pilot flight and duty time regulation, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' lashed out at the airline industry and its lobbying arm for their continued efforts to fight this critical safety initiative.

Flight 3407 Families Cite FAA's Missed Deadline on Pilot Fatigue Rule, Air France Report as Areas of Concern on One Year Anniversary of Safety Legislation PDF Print E-mail

Fatigue and Training Are Immediate Issues; Pilot Qualifications and Training Record Database Loom Large in Background

Buffalo, New York- August 1, 2011 – In light of a missed deadline by the FAA on a key pilot fatigue rule and a report on the crash of Air France Flight 447 which cited pilot training deficiencies similar to those of Flight 3407, the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing historic aviation safety legislation (HR 5900/PL 111-216: ‘The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act’) into law:

As One Year Anniversary of Aviation Safety Legislation Approaches, Flight 3407 Families Zero In on Key Milestones, Initiatives PDF Print E-mail

Flight and Duty Time, Commuting, Pilot Records Database, and NTSB Recommendations in the Spotlight

Buffalo, New York- July 19, 2011 – With August 1st looming as a key date for many of the aviation safety initiatives directed by PL 111-216, "The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010", the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' highlighted some key areas upon which congressional watchdogs and the media need to focus.


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