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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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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

 
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