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Flight 3407 Families to Attend T&I Mark-Up; Remain Vigilant on Potential Amendments to FAA Bill PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York - February 10th, 2016 - Just days prior to the 7th anniversary of the crash, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' announced that group members would be in attendance at Thursday's mark-up of the FAA Reauthorization Bill (Aviation Innovation, Reform & Reauthorization (AIRR) Act) by the House's Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The group remains on high alert to any potential amendments introduced in committee or on the floor that would water down stronger entry-level pilot qualification requirements for regional airline first officers.

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Flight 3407 Families Support Shuster, LoBiondo Holding the Line on Regional Airline Pilot Qualifications in FAA Bill PDF Print E-mail

Family Group Calls on T&I Committee to Resist Any Amendments to Water Down Higher Safety Standards

Buffalo, New York - February 5th, 2016 - Following Wednesday's unveiling of the FAA Reauthorization Bill (Aviation Innovation, Reform & Reauthorization (AIRR) Act) by the House's Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' recognized the chairmen of the full committee and subcommittee, Rep. Bill Shuster and Rep. Frank LoBiondo, for resisting industry pressure to water down recently-enacted stronger entry-level requirements for regional airline first officers. Along with the support of House Democrat leaders Rep. Peter DeFazio, the ranking member of the full T&I committee, and Rep. Rick Larsen, the ranking member of the Aviation subcommittee, the group called on the 'Big Four' to fight against any efforts in committee or on the floor of the House to introduce amendments on behalf of the regional airlines.

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Flight 3407 Families Receive Strong Support on 7th Anniversary Trip to DC PDF Print E-mail

Western NY Delegation Sends Strong Warning to Regional Airlines About Challenging Safety Initiatives

Buffalo, New York - February 3rd, 2016 - With 'Miracle on the Hudson' co-pilot Jeff Skiles and the entire Western New York congressional delegation locked arm-in-arm alongside them, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407 made a strong stand for regional airline safety as they descended upon Washington in conjunction with the 7th anniversary of the needless tragedy. The group was also buoyed by the support it received as its members conducted nearly 50 meetings on Capitol Hill calling on Congress to resist efforts by the Regional Airline Association and its lobbyist to water down stronger regional airline safety measures brought about by the passage of Public Law 111-216, 'The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010.'

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Media Alert: Flight 3407 Families, Jeff Skiles, Western NY Delegation to Hold Tuesday Press Conference in DC on FAA Reauthorization PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, NY - January 29, 2016 - The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' will hold a press conference with 'Miracle on the Hudson' First Officer Jeff Skiles and members of the Western New York congressional delegation on Tuesday, February 2nd in advance of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's expected introduction of the FAA Reauthorization Bill. The group is making the trip to Washington one week in advance of the 7th anniversary of the tragic crash of Continental Flight 3407 outside of Buffalo, New York, which took the lives of all forty-nine on board as well as one man on the ground. In addition to commemorating their loved ones who were lost in the crash, the group is expected to emphasize the importance of resisting Regional Airline Association efforts to water down stronger safety standards enacted in the wake of the tragedy.

A prepared statement will be available after the 10:00 a.m. Washington press conference and members of the group will be made available for comment. Please contact group media representative Takla Boujaoude at the email address listed above.

WHO: The ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’

WHAT: Press Conference on FAA Reauthorization

WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

WHERE: Room SVC-209-08, Capitol Visitor Center

 
Flight 3407 Families: IG Report Emphasizes Importance of Developing Manual Flying Skills Throughout a Pilot's Career PDF Print E-mail

Experience Does Matter; Entry-Level Pilots Need More - Not Less - Hand Flying Prior to Being Hired by Regional Airlines

Buffalo, New York - January 21st, 2016 - Responding to a Department of Transportation Inspector General report that raised concerns about the increased reliance on automation in the cockpit and its potential effect on the manual flying skills of our nation's commercial airline pilots, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' reminded Congress of the importance of preserving recently-enacted requirements that call for young pilots to attain higher levels of experience prior to being hired by regional airlines.

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Flight 3407 Families Call on FAA, Congress to Stand Up to Regionals' Pressure to Weaken Safety Rules PDF Print E-mail

RAA Conveniently Forgets That Flight 3407 Pilot Was Initially Hired by Regional Airline with Only 600 Hours of Flight Time

Buffalo, New York - December 3rd, 2015 - Responding to a Regional Airline Association media campaign to pressure the FAA to roll back a safety rule that has been in effect for barely two years, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' rallied to the defense of a landmark aviation safety law that has resulted in our nation's safest period of travel on regional carriers.

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Flight 3407 Families Unrelenting on Safety Push As Congress Approves 6 Month FAA Extension PDF Print E-mail

Maintain Laser Focus on Pilot Qualifications, Records Database; Challenge Congress Not to Cave to Airline Pressure

Buffalo, New York - September 30th, 2015 - Responding to the House and Senate passing a six month extension prior to a September 30th deadline for the Federal Aviation Administration to be reauthorized, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' renewed their call for Congress to take a strong stance in support of safety in its next proposed FAA Reauthorization Bill. First and foremost, the group reminded congressional leaders of its staunch opposition to any attempts by the Regional Airline Association to water down FAA's recently-implemented higher pilot qualification standards for regional airline first officers.

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