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As America Readies for Release of 'Sully', Flight 3407 Families Highlight Theme of 'Experience Matters' PDF Print E-mail

Movie Contrasts Recent Reports of Airline Attempts to to Get Huerta, FAA to Cave In on Stronger Pilot Qualification Requirements

Buffalo, New York - September 9, 2016 - Amid rumors of regional airlines and their lobbying associates working the FAA and the media in an attempt to create momentum for watering down more stringent entry-level qualification standards for first officers, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' praised the premiere of the critically-acclaimed movie 'Sully' as a reminder of the importance of experience when it comes to piloting a commercial airliner. Recent reports in the media shed light on an airline-driven effort by an FAA-chartered working group to sway FAA Administrator Michael Huerta towards relaxing strong new hiring requirements that were unanimously enacted by Congress back in 2010.

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Flight 3407 Families React to Passage of FAA Extension PDF Print E-mail

Pledge to Continue to Fight to Protect Stronger First Officer Qualification Requirements

Buffalo, New York - July 14th, 2016 - The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' had a very measured response to Wednesday's news that the Senate had followed the House in passing an FAA extension through September 2017. The family group applauded Congress for resisting pressure from regional airlines to water down strong new entry-level first officer qualification requirements enacted in 2013 as well as for taking other positive steps in the implementation of the 2010 Airline Safety Act. However the group also issued a stern warning to the regionals and their congressional allies that it would continue to carry on its impassioned fight for a true 'One Level of Safety' between the nation's regional and mainline carriers into 2017 and the 115th Congress.

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Flight 3407 Families to Attend House Hearing as FAA Reauthorization Heads Toward Deadline PDF Print E-mail

Group Remains Vigilant on Regional Airlines' Attempts to Water Down Pilot Qualification Requirements

Buffalo, New York - June 14th, 2016 - With the current FAA Reauthorization set to expire in one month, The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' announced that they would be in attendance at Wednesday morning's House Aviation Subcommittee hearing. The group continues to fight to preserve the stronger First Officer Qualification requirements that were unanimously enacted by Congress and implemented by FAA as a result of the 2010 Airline Safety Act, in the face of strong lobbying efforts by regional airlines to roll back those heightened standards.

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Flight 3407 Families Applaud No Rounds Amendment in FAA Bill; Remain Vigilant as Bill Heads to the House PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York - April 21st, 2016 - The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' hailed the Senate for approving its version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill on Tuesday and not including a controversial amendment from Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota that sought to provide a shortcut around the higher entry-level pilot qualification standards enacted by the FAA back in 2013. Continuing its quest to achieve a true 'One Level of Safety' between the nation's regional and mainline carriers, the group called on the House of Representatives to hold the line and resist any pressure from the Regional Airline Association as the bill moves across Capitol Hill.

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Flight 3407 Families Vigorously Oppose Rounds Amendment to Bail Out Regional Airlines PDF Print E-mail

Call on Majority Leader McConnell to Not Allow a Vote

Buffalo, New York - April 14th, 2016 - As the Senate worked through the FAA Reauthorization Bill on the floor, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' announced their strong opposition to a proposed amendment by Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD). The amendment which would allow entry-level regional airline first officers to receive flight hour credit for their initial training at their hiring airline, would effectively provide a shortcut around the stronger pilot qualification requirements enacted by the FAA in 2013 as a result of the regional airline safety bill unanimously passed by Congress in 2010 in the wake of Continental Flight 3407.

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Flight 3407 Families to Attend Commerce Mark-Up; Call on Thune, Nelson to Not Lower the Bar for Regional Airlines PDF Print E-mail

Relief from Higher Pilot Qualification Standards Would Benefit Bottom-Feeder Regional Airlines

Buffalo, New York - March 16th, 2016 - Just over one month removed from the 7th anniversary of the fatal crash that took the lives of their loved ones, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' announced that group members would be in attendance at Wednesday's mark-up of the FAA Reauthorization Bill by the Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The group remains on high alert for any potential legislative action that would explicitly or implicitly seek to water down stronger entry-level pilot qualification requirements for regional airline first officers that were unanimously passed by Congress back in 2010 in the wake of the tragic and preventable crash.

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Flight 3407 Families Issue Statement on 7th Anniversary of Crash PDF Print E-mail

House T&I Committee Approves FAA Bill That Does Not Water Down Stronger Pilot Qualification Standards

Buffalo, New York - February 12th, 2016 - The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' issued the following statement to mark today's 7th anniversary of the crash. The group also recognized the House's Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for not including any amendments in the proposed FAA Reauthorization Bill that would shortcut more stringent entry-level pilot qualification requirements that came about as part of legislation that unanimously passed both houses of Congress back in 2010 in the aftermath of this tragedy.

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