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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 FAA, DOT for Release of Safety Management Final Rule PDF Print E-mail

Challenge Regional Airlines to Continue to 'Step Up to the Plate'

Buffalo, New York - January 7, 2015 - In light of this morning's public release of a final rule requiring Safety Management Systems for all Part 121 carriers, The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' commended Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta for their agencies' work in implementing another key provision of Public Law 111-216, the Airline Safety Act.

Flight 3407 Families to Attend House Hearing; Gear Up for FAA Reauthorization Process PDF Print E-mail

Remain Vigilant to Ensure That Regional Airline Safety is Kept at Forefront

Buffalo, New York - November 18, 2014 - With Congress preparing to take up a new FAA Reauthorization effort in the next Congress, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' announced their intentions to be involved in the process as they continue their crusade to achieve a true 'One Level of Safety' between the nation's major and regional carriers. They will kick off their efforts by attending Tuesday's House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's hearing entitled, 'FAA Reauthorization: Issues in Modernizing and Operating the Nation's Airspace'.

Flight 3407 Families Applaud Colorado Schools for Fresh Approach to Meeting Pilot Qualification Requirements PDF Print E-mail

Call on Airline Industry to Focus More on Solutions, Less on Complaining

Buffalo, New York - August 28, 2014 - The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' expressed their support for a recently-announced flight training partnership initiative between Metropolitan State University and Colorado Northwestern Community College (see link below), and called on the aviation industry as a whole to work harder to effectively implement new FAA first officer qualification requirements.

"As always, our concern first and foremost is making our regional airlines as safe as possible, in this case putting first officers who are as well-prepared as can be in the cockpit," stated Karen Eckert of Williamsville, New York, who lost her sister Beverly Eckert, a noted 9/11 widow and activist. "These new qualification guidelines will provide a much more robust foundation for entry-level first officers including the requirement of attaining a type rating, as well as significantly increasing the amount of hands-on flying experience they will have received prior to entering a commercial airline cockpit. Additionally, we are very encouraged by the actions taken by these academic institutions to help these aspiring pilots to minimize the costs of this training as well as the time required to attain the needed experience, and hope that other training entities will adopt similar 'outside-the-box' approaches."

The agreement, which partners Metropolitan State's classroom aeronautics program with Colorado Northwestern's pilot training program, allows student pilots to receive flight training at a 10-15% reduction in cost, makes reduced-rate housing available near the airport, and provides enhanced advising support at both institutions. Additionally, as the FAA regulations now provide for, the program will allow its students to be granted a 250 flight hour credit towards a restricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rating with 1,250 hours of flight time, as opposed to the standard 1,500 hours.

"Since the FAA followed Congress's unanimous lead and implemented this new qualifications rule last year, it has been disappointing to hear so many of the regional airline CEO's and industry lobbyists cry wolf as opposed to stepping up to the plate," stated Scott Maurer of Moore, South Carolina, who lost his thirty year old daughter Lorin in the crash. "With the airlines pulling in record profits and these CEO's raking in seven-figure salaries, it is extremely difficult for us to hear all of this congressional testimony and media interviews that the sky is falling for the industry, especially in light of the tragic price that Lorin and our loved ones paid on that February night. The question is simple, 'Are these CEO's only worried about preserving the status quo of paying their first officers food stamp-level wages, or are they truly dedicated to raising the safety bar and achieving a true One Level of Safety for regional airlines?' It is our hope that this initiative in Colorado will serve as a shining example for other stakeholders to spend their time and energy not in seeking to water down the new guidelines, but rather to come up with approaches that supplement and strengthen them. That is what the American flying public deserves."


Flight 3407 Families to Stand Up for New Regional Airline Safety Rules at Wednesday's House Aviation Hearing PDF Print E-mail

Industry Continues to Shift Blame to Regulations as Culprit for Regional Airlines' Inability to Find Pilots to Work for Food Stamp-Level Wages

Buffalo, New York - April 29, 2014 – In a show of support for new federal aviation safety guidelines geared at avoiding a repeat of the tragic and avoidable crash of Continental (now United) Flight 3407, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' will attend Wednesday morning's House Aviation Subcommittee hearing. The hearing, to be held at 10 a.m. in Room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building, will focus on air service to small communities, at airports served almost exclusively by regional airlines. The family group will also make rounds on both sides of Capitol Hill to highlight a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on Pilot Supply that exposed the myth being propagated by the airlines that there are not enough ATP-licensed pilots to fill their cockpits.

Flight 3407 Families Ask 'What Pilot Shortage?', as GAO Report Exposes Airline Industry PDF Print E-mail

Large Pool of Potential Pilots Exist; Airlines Need to Step Up to Make Profession More Attractive

Buffalo, New York - February 28, 2014 – The ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ reacted strongly to today’s Buffalo News article (http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/pilot-shortage-tied-to-low-wages-gao-report-finds-20140227) detailing a Government Accountability Office report on pilot supply as a counter to recent airline claims that new regional airline safety rules were to blame for an alleged ‘pilot shortage’. In particular, the group highlighted the report’s finding that ‘Data indicate that a large pool of qualified pilots exists relative to projected demand, but whether such pilots are willing or available to work at wages being offered is unknown.’

On 5 Year Anniversary, Flight 3407 Families Lash Out at Airline Executives, Congressional Members Who Put Corporate Greed Before Safety PDF Print E-mail

House Aviation Subcommittee Hearing Raises Serious Concerns About Some Members' Commitment to Safety

Buffalo, New York - February 12, 2014 – As the members of the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' prepare to gather tonight to remember their loved ones tragically lost five years ago when Continental Flight 3407 operated by regional carrier crashed into a home on Long Street in Clarence Center, New York, group members had a strong message for some in the airline industry and Congress who have seemingly already forgotten the painful lessons learned on that February evening in 2009. Recent quotes in newspaper articles and comments made by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members at last Wednesday's hearing raised serious concerns about their commitment to ensuring that passengers flying on the nation's regional airlines receive a true 'One Level of Safety' compared to those flying on the mainline carriers.

The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' - 5th Anniversary Remembrance in Clarence Center PDF Print E-mail

The Families of Continental Flight 3407 will gather to remember their loved ones at a memorial service at the Zion Lutheran Church, February 12, 2014, 8pm, followed by candle light procession to mark the exact time of the tragedy’s occurrence five years ago.

The memorial service, open to the public, marks the five-year anniversary of the senseless crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence, NY. The service will include reflections from members of the community that came to their aid in the aftermath of the crash along with expressions of appreciation from the 3407 Families. A sentimental slideshow of the victims lost will be shown along with live music and the laying of carnations representing each of the 51 people who died as a result of the crash of Flight 3407. There will be a gathering in the Church Hall immediately following the ceremony.

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