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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 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.

Sullenberger to Appear This Week at Senate, House Safety Hearings PDF Print E-mail

Flight 3407 Families Trumpet Credentials of 'Miracle on the Hudson' Pilot

Buffalo, New York - April 27th, 2015 - With the expiration of the most recent FAA Reauthorization fast approaching, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' applauded the inclusion of Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger at safety hearings to be held by the Senate and House Aviation Subcommittees this week. The family group also announced that it will be in attendance at both hearings, the Senate's to be held on Tuesday at 2:30 pm, and the House's to be held Thursday at 2:00 pm.

Flight 3407 Families Head to Senate for Tuesday's Commerce Hearing Featuring Huerta PDF Print E-mail

In Light of Germanwings Tragedy, Group Calls for Expedited Efforts on Pilot Record Database, Screening

Buffalo, New York - April 13th, 2015 - In conjunction with Tuesday morning's full committee hearing of the Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation featuring FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and the topic of the upcoming FAA Reauthorization, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' issued a call for committee leadership and members to probe the agency's slow pace of implementation of the crucial pilot record database, as well to examine the overall process of screening pilots here in the United States. The group also applauded the committee leadership for positioning regional airline safety as a key component of the upcoming hearings that will instruct the committee's efforts to draft an FAA Reauthorization Bill.

Senators Weigh In with Thune, Nelson on Behalf of Flight 3407 Families on FAA Reauthorization PDF Print E-mail

Schumer, Gillibrand Lead Charge on First Officer Qualifications, Pilot Record Database

Buffalo, New York - March 4th, 2015 - In another show of support for the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407', a group of ten senators sent a letter (text included below) to Chairman John Thune and Ranking Member Bill Nelson of the Senate Commerce Committee as the committee begins its work on the next FAA Reauthorization Bill. The group - led by Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and including Senators Robert Menendez (NJ), Robert Casey (PA), Sherrod Brown (OH), Patrick Leahy (VT), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Christopher Murphy (CT), Barbara Boxer (CA), and Jeff Merkley (OR) - reinforced the importance of preserving recently-implemented pilot qualification requirements for regional airline entry-level first officers and called on the FAA to step up its efforts on a comprehensive electronic pilot records database to be available to airlines in the screening and hiring process.

Flight 3407 Families to Attend Today's House Hearing Featuring Huerta; Continue FAA Reauthorization Push PDF Print E-mail

Group Highlights Preserving Enhanced First Officer Qualification Requirements; Accelerating Pilot Records Database Implementation

Buffalo, New York - March 3rd, 2015 - In conjunction with this morning's full committee hearing of the House of Representative's Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure featuring FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and the topic of the upcoming FAA Reauthorization, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' announced that group members would be in attendance. The group recently completed an outreach trip to Washington where they met with staffers on both sides of the Hill focusing on the group's reauthorization priorities.

Collins, Higgins, Bipartisan House Contingent Support Flight 3407 Families on 6 Year Crash Anniversary PDF Print E-mail

Letter to Shuster, DeFazio Highlights Importance of Regional Airline Safety in FAA Reauthorization

Buffalo, New York - February 13th, 2015 - In conjunction with Thursday's sixth anniversary of the tragic crash of Continental Flight 3407, operated by regional carrier Colgan Air, a bipartisan House contingent led by Western New York Representatives Chris Collins and Brian Higgins showed their support for the group's regional airline safety efforts with a letter to House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster and Ranking Member Rep. Peter DeFazio. The letter targets the committee's efforts in the upcoming months to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, and calls on the committee to continue its support for the implementation of P.L. 111-216, the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, the landmark aviation safety legislation which was unanimously passed by both Houses in the aftermath of the crash.

On Crash's 6th Anniversary, Flight 3407 Families Zeroed In On FAA Reauthorization PDF Print E-mail

Group Keeps Focus on Regional Airline Safety

Buffalo, New York - February 12th, 2015 - On a snowy night outside Buffalo six years ago today, Continental Connection Flight 3407, operated by regional carrier Colgan Air, crashed into a home on Long Street, taking the lives of all forty-nine and an unborn baby on board, as well as Douglas Wielinski who was sitting at his dining room table. Today, the family group remembers those lost, and challenges Congress, DOT, FAA, and everyone in the commercial airline industry to not forgot the painful lessons learned that evening.

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