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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NTSB Investigation Completed; Flight 3407 Families Call for Congress, FAA to Act on Recommendations PDF Print E-mail

"Experience, Maturity Was Needed for First Officer to Intervene", Says NTSB Chair

Buffalo, New York- February 3, 2010 - In the wake of the National Transportation Safety Board's final report on the February 12th crash of Continental Flight 3407, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' turned their attention to achieving long-overdue government action on key aviation safety issues, focusing on the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Bill and new pilot qualification requirements in the Senate, and new FAA-driven regulations in the areas of training and fatigue.

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The ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ To Complete the Journey PDF Print E-mail

The ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ and the City of Buffalo will re-unite and “Walk to Complete the Journey” to commemorate the one year anniversary in honor of their loved ones on Friday, February 12 at 9:30am, Clarence, NY, followed by a press conference at Buffalo Niagara International Airport at 2:30pm.

The 3407 families will “Walk to Finish the Journey” of the 51 souls lost and march 10 miles, mapping a route from the site of the crash to the Buffalo International Airport where Continental Flight 3407 was expected to land safely.

The public is invited to walk the route in 1 of 3 legs: 10 miles (starting at Long St), 4.2 miles (starting at West Herr at Main and Transit) or 1 mile (starting at the Holiday Inn on Genesee next to the airport). There will be rest stops along the way at Emmanuel Baptist, Clarence Coffee, Harris Hill Fire Hall, West Herr, Quaker Steak and Lube, Dunkin Donuts, and Holiday Inn.

In addition, “We Support 3407 Families’ Fight for Aviation Safety. Remembering Those Lost February 12, 2009” posters will be distributed for free at all Tops Friendly Markets locations. Aviation safety is the mission of the 3407 family group and the support of the community brings us one step closer in ensuring that this accident never repeats itself.

Register for free at http://flight3407memorialwalk.eventbrite.com/ and visit the group’s website at www.3407memorial.com for more information and updates.

 
3407 Families Praise Casey, Collins, Kerry, Snowe for Bipartisan Support of Schumer’s Bill to Increase Pilot Requirements; Urge Action by Baucus, Obama Administration PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York- February 2, 2010 - The determined efforts of the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ to raise minimum experience and qualification requirements for all commercial airline pilots, particularly at the regional level, gained significant support with the addition of Senators Robert Casey (D-PA), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Kerry (D-MA), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) as co-sponsors to a key aviation safety initiative that the family group is advocating for.

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The ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ to Speak At Final NTSB Hearing PDF Print E-mail

Over sixty members of the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' are expected to be in attendance at the National Transportation Safety Board public hearing on Tuesday, February 2, and will be making a group statement at approximately 11:45 am outside the NTSB's Conference Center during lunch recess, Washington, D.C.

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public hearing on the final accident report for Continental Flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air. The group expects swift action from the FAA and Congress to implement the NTSB's safety recommendations as the final chapter in the investigative phase is completed and the one year anniversary approaches.

 
Flight 3407 Families Prepare for NTSB and House Hearings - Issue Their Own 'Call to Action' for the FAA and Senate Finance Committee PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York- January 29, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public hearing on the final accident report for Continental Flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air, on Tuesday, February 2nd, at 9:30 a.m. in the NTSB Conference Center in Washington. Over sixty members of the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' are expected to be in attendance, and as the final chapter in the investigative phase is completed and the one year anniversary approaches, the group is calling for quicker action from two key government entities to prevent a repeat of this tragedy.

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Flight 3407 Families To Be Featured on PBS FRONTLINE's 'Flying Cheap' - A Hard Look at the Regional Airlines PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York- January 25, 2010 - PBS FRONTLINE will air a one hour special Tuesday, February 9th, at 9 p.m. ET entitled 'Flying Cheap' - a revealing look at the inner workings of the regional airline industry. The documentary will explore many of the issues brought to light by the tragic crash of Continental Flight 3407 on February 12th, 2009, killing all forty nine aboard the plane as well as one person on the ground. In particular, it will feature telling interviews from former Colgan pilots and other industry insiders.

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The Memory of 9/11 Widow Beverly Eckert Burns Bright; Flight 3407 Families to Attend Senate Hearing on Aviation Security PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York- January 19, 2010 - Continuing their push for passage of the FAA Reauthorization Bill, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' announced that they would attend the Commerce Committee's hearing on Aviation Security, to be held Wednesday, January 20th, at 2:30 pm in Room 106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The hearing topic has special significance for the family of passenger Beverly Eckert, who lost her husband Sean Rooney in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and became a fierce advocate for homeland security reform.

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