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 Admonish Expedia, Travelocity for 'Passing the Buck' to DOT; Look for Follow-Thru PDF Print E-mail

DOT Guidance Expected in January; Group Expects OTA's, US Airways to Quickly Comply

Buffalo, New York- December 21, 2010 – With Department of Transportation guidance on new regional airline disclosure requirements expected in January, The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' continued their push for expedient action by the government agency and all Internet sites, and expressed their disappointment with recent quotes by representatives of online ticketing agency (OTA) giants Expedia and Travelocity suggesting that the DOT was at fault for dragging its feet on issuing new guidelines.

Not Pleased With Regional Airline Identification by Internet Travel Sites, Flight 3407 Families Ask Flying Public to Let DOT Know PDF Print E-mail

Call for Full Compliance With New Law; Praise Lee, Higgins, Schumer, and Gillibrand for Letter to Secretary LaHood

Buffalo, New York- December 14, 2010 – The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' are conducting a nationwide outreach to all air travelers, as a result of a Buffalo News survey (http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article282269.ece) and their own research indicating that US Airways and seven of the top ten Internet airline ticketing sites are not immediately disclosing regional air carriers operating flights for mainline carriers under codeshare agreements. With these websites seemingly ignoring a provision in the new aviation safety legislation that became law in August which requires full transparency when in comes to identifying regional carriers, the group is in the midst of an awareness campaign entitled 'Who's REALLY Flying Your Plane?", and is asking concerned passengers to voice their concerns with the Department of Transportation's Aviation Consumer Protection Division.

"Who's REALLY Flying Your Plane?"; Flight 3407 Families Launch Regional Airline Awareness Campaign in the Midst of Holiday Travel Season PDF Print E-mail

Demand That All Ticket Agencies, Websites Comply with New Federal Law Requiring Full Disclosure of Regional Carriers

Buffalo, New York- December 2, 2010 – Turning their attention from getting major aviation safety legislation passed to getting it implemented, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' announced the kickoff of a major public outreach effort aimed at raising the flying public's awareness of regional airlines operating flights under the auspices of the mainline carriers. The campaign also targets airlines, ticketing agents, and websites that are not complying with a new federal regulation requiring transparency in the advertisement of regional carriers.

Crunch Time: Flight 3407 Families Challenge FAA to Step Up on Commuting, Pilot Fatigue NPRM PDF Print E-mail

Urge FAA to Focus on Commuting Practices, Regional Airline Pilot Scheduling, Adherence to Congressional Timelines

Buffalo, New York- December 1, 2010 – The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' continued their push for a true 'One Level of Safety' between mainline and regional airlines by submitting their formal comments to the FAA's recently proposed new rulemaking on pilot flight and duty times. They called for more aggressive action on the serious issue of fatigue caused by pilot commuting practices, and challenged the FAA and Administrator Randy Babbitt to issue a final fatigue rule by the August 1, 2011 deadline imposed by Congress. (The comment submitted by the group to the FAA is included below.)

Flight 3407 Families Vow to Keep the Focus on Regionals, Fight for 'One Level of Safety' PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York- October 28, 2010 - In the wake of an National Transportation Safety Board symposium on airline code-share agreements and their impact on safety, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' issued the following statement:

Flight 3407 Families Applaud Swift Congressional Response to Airline Industry's 'Outrageous' Proposal; Focus on NTSB Code-Sharing Symposium PDF Print E-mail

11 Senators, 7 Representatives Urge Babbitt, FAA Not to Weaken Safety Legislation

Buffalo, New York- October 20, 2010 - The 'Families of Continental/United/Pinnacle/Colgan Flight 3407' praised members of both houses of Congress who sent strong messages last week to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt not to give in to industry pressure to accept a rulemaking advisory committee proposal that would effectively cripple a critical aviation safety measure that was recently signed into law. The committee, dominated by the airlines and special interests, recommended that the FAA work around a Congressional provision intended to require all first officers on commercial airlines to possess the same Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license as that required of captains, by allowing classroom training to substitute for 1,000 of the 1,500 flight hours required for the license.

Flight 3407 Families Blast FAA's Advisory Committee, Regional Airlines, in Response to WSJ Article PDF Print E-mail

Challenge Babbitt, Obama Administration to Break from FAA's Recent History of Being Rubber Stamp for Industry

Buffalo, New York- October 11, 2010 - In response to a Wall Street Journal article ('FAA Mulls Proposals for Pilot Qualifications') that suggested it was likely that the Federal Aviation Administration would 'embrace' a proposal from an Aviation Rulemaking Committee that would drastically undercut recently-passed bipartisan aviation safety legislation, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' lashed out at the Committee's majority report and the Regional Airline Association (RAA) who spearheaded its efforts. In the proposal, the RAA put forth the recommendation that the FAA water down Congress's 1,500 flight hour minimum for newly-hired pilots to a much more industry-friendly 500 hour threshold, which would effectively short-circuit Congress's attempt to significantly reduce the experience gap in the cockpits of regional carriers versus the major carriers.

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