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Flight 3407 Families Return to the Hill for Hearing on Pilot Fatigue on Tuesday PDF Print E-mail

Group Continues to Push for Senate Action on FAA Reauthorization

Buffalo, New York- November 30, 2009 - The ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ announced that group members will attend the Senate Aviation Subcommittee's Hearing on Pilot Fatigue, to be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, at 10:15 a.m. in Room 253 of the Russell Senate Office Building.

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Flight 3407 Families Make Their Plea to Dorgan, DeMint for Higher Pilot Qualification Standards PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York- October 29, 2009 – The ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ continued their drive in the Senate for higher pilot qualification standards, attending a hearing held by the Senate Aviation Subcommittee, and meeting with a host of key players regarding the aviation safety provisions in the Senate’s Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act.

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3407 Families to Attend Senate Aviation Hearing in the Wake of Northwest Flight 188 Incident PDF Print E-mail

The Senate Aviation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing on the National Transportation Safety Board’s Reauthorization on Thursday, October 29th. In the aftermath of yet another pilot-related aviation incident, members of the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' will be present at the hearing to continue their push for higher pilot qualification standards, and for the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act and its numerous safety provisions by the Senate.

Members of the group will be available for comment immediately after the hearing, at approximately 11:45 am, outside of Room 253 Russell Senate Office Building. In the words of group member Karen Eckert, who lost her sister Beverly in the crash, ‘This incident with Northwest Flight 188 is just another example that all is not as well and good with aviation safety in our country as the industry would have people believe. It is time for the Senate to step up and do its part to address this situation before our tragedy is allowed to repeat itself.”

 
Flight 3407 Families Decry Industry Opposition to Higher Pilot Qualification Standards PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York- October 21, 2009 - The ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ criticized the recently released letter from the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), representing many of the nation's major airlines, to the House of Representatives' Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership. In the letter, the ATA stated its opposition to the House's recently-passed aviation safety bill, namely the provision requiring all commercial airline pilots to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license.

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3407 Families to Speak After Key Aviation Safety Vote PDF Print E-mail

The House of Representatives will be voting on the Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act on Wednesday, October 14th. Members of the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' will be present at the Capitol for the vote on this crucial safety bill.

The ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ support the majority of the provisions of this bill, but do have reservations about language introduced at the eleventh hour that potentially weakens the requirement that all commercial airline pilots have an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license, which requires 1500 flight hours. The group will be making a statement and available for questions following the vote at 4:30pm, House Triangle, Capitol Building.

 
Schumer, Gillibrand, Lieberman, Leahy Lead the Way in the Senate for ATP Requirement for All Commercial Pilots PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York- October 8, 2009 - The ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ hailed the recent introduction in the Senate of S.1744, a bill that would significantly upgrade the qualifications required of commercial airline pilot by mandating that they hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license prior to being hired.

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3407 Families Zero in on ATP Requirement; Push for Congressional Support of Increasing Commercial Pilot Qualification Standards PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York- September 30, 2009- The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' reiterated their strong support for the recently-introduced House provision that would require all pilots being hired to fly for commercial airlines to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license, a significant upgrade of the existing standard, and challenged the House leadership to stand up to a behind-closed-doors effort to weaken the requirement.

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