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: IG Report Emphasizes Importance of Developing Manual Flying Skills Throughout a Pilot's Career PDF Print E-mail

Experience Does Matter; Entry-Level Pilots Need More - Not Less - Hand Flying Prior to Being Hired by Regional Airlines

Buffalo, New York - January 21st, 2016 - Responding to a Department of Transportation Inspector General report that raised concerns about the increased reliance on automation in the cockpit and its potential effect on the manual flying skills of our nation's commercial airline pilots, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' reminded Congress of the importance of preserving recently-enacted requirements that call for young pilots to attain higher levels of experience prior to being hired by regional airlines.

Flight 3407 Families Call on FAA, Congress to Stand Up to Regionals' Pressure to Weaken Safety Rules PDF Print E-mail

RAA Conveniently Forgets That Flight 3407 Pilot Was Initially Hired by Regional Airline with Only 600 Hours of Flight Time

Buffalo, New York - December 3rd, 2015 - Responding to a Regional Airline Association media campaign to pressure the FAA to roll back a safety rule that has been in effect for barely two years, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' rallied to the defense of a landmark aviation safety law that has resulted in our nation's safest period of travel on regional carriers.

Flight 3407 Families Unrelenting on Safety Push As Congress Approves 6 Month FAA Extension PDF Print E-mail

Maintain Laser Focus on Pilot Qualifications, Records Database; Challenge Congress Not to Cave to Airline Pressure

Buffalo, New York - September 30th, 2015 - Responding to the House and Senate passing a six month extension prior to a September 30th deadline for the Federal Aviation Administration to be reauthorized, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' renewed their call for Congress to take a strong stance in support of safety in its next proposed FAA Reauthorization Bill. First and foremost, the group reminded congressional leaders of its staunch opposition to any attempts by the Regional Airline Association to water down FAA's recently-implemented higher pilot qualification standards for regional airline first officers.

Flight 3407 Families Call Out FAA on IG Report; Blast Airlines for Taking Shortcuts on Pilot Records PDF Print E-mail

Further Proof That Voluntary Compliance Doesn't Work

Buffalo, New York - August 25th, 2015 - Responding to an audit released by the Department of Transportation Inspector General's office detailing the progress of the Federal Aviation Administration in implementing an electronic pilot record database, mandated by the Airline Safety Act of 2010, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' had harsh words for both the FAA and commercial airlines, which were found to not be taking the appropriate interim steps to compliance.

Flight 3407 Families to Attend Tuesday's Senate Hearing; Continue to Stand Up for Regional Airline Safety PDF Print E-mail

Huerta, Dorgan, Smisek to Appear as Key Witnesses

Buffalo, New York - May 18th, 2015 - Continuing their efforts to stand up to airline industry pressure to water down key regional airline safety reforms, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' announced that group members will be in attendance at Tuesday's Senate Commerce Committee hearing focused on air traffic control and the upcoming FAA Reauthorization Bill. The group highlighted FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, former Senator Byron Dorgan, and United Airlines CEO Jeffrey Smisek, who are all part of the panel of witnesses for the hearing.

Sullenberger, Manchin Stand Out to Flight 3407 Families in Last Week's Safety Hearings PDF Print E-mail

Call for Commerce and T&I to Stand Firm on Pilot Qualifications as Committees Approach Mark-Ups

Buffalo, New York - May 6th, 2015 - After strong statements from Miracle on the Hudson pilot, Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, at Aviation Safety hearings in both the Senate and House last week, calling on committee leadership to continue to promote strong entry-level first officer requirements and to not cave in to airline industry pressure, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' singled out Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia for his questioning of both Sullenberger and Regional Airline Association President Faye Malarkey Black at last Tuesday's Senate hearing.

Flight 3407 Families Applaud Sullenberger's Strong Performance at Senate Hearing; Look Forward to Today's House Panel PDF Print E-mail

Call for Congress to Hold the Line on 'Quality AND Quantity' Approach to Pilot Qualifications

Buffalo, New York - April 30th, 2015 - The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' cheered the powerful message conveyed by aviation safety expert and Miracle on the Hudson pilot, Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, at Tuesday's Senate Aviation Subcommittee hearing, continuing their strong push to ensure that Congress does not cave in to industry pressure to relax regional airline safety standards in the upcoming FAA Reauthorization Bill. They also kept their focus on this afternoon's House Aviation Subcommittee safety roundtable, which will once again feature Captain Sullenberger and representation from the Regional Airline Association.

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