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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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With FAA Bill Headed to House Floor, Flight 3407 Families on Full Alert for Amendment to Water Down Safety Law PDF Print E-mail

Unanimously-Passed 2010 Legislation Has Resulted in Safest Period in U.S. Commercial Aviation History by Far

Group Highlights the Emphatic Support of 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight Crew

Buffalo, New York - April 17, 2018 - With the House of Representatives scheduled to consider a five-year FAA Reauthorization Bill on the floor next week, members of the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' issued a strong warning against any amendments that would serve to weaken the experience and qualification requirements for new-hire regional airline first officers. These enhanced standards were a key component to Public Law 111-216, the 'Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010,' which was unanimously passed by both Houses of Congress in response to a series of regional airline crashes in the previous decade.

Flight 3407 Families in Washington on Thursday to Commemorate 9th Anniversary of Crash PDF Print E-mail

Continue Push Against Watering Down of Experience Requirements for Regional Airlines

Buffalo, New York - February 13, 2018 - With Congress continuing to trudge through the FAA Reauthorization process and with increased pressure from the nation's regional airlines on the Trump Administration to relax safety standards enacted in the wake of the 2009 regional airline crash outside of Buffalo, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' will be traveling to Washington on Thursday in conjunction with the 9th anniversary of the crash.

On 9th Anniversary of Fatal Crash, Flight 3407 Families Call on Administration and Congress to Stand Firm on Pilot Experience Requirements for Regional Airlines PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York - February 12, 2018 - In commemoration of today being the 9th anniversary of the tragic regional airline crash that took the lives of their loved ones, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' issued the following statement:

3,287 days. 9 years. No more smiles. No more laughs. No more hugs. Missed holidays, family gatherings, vacations, weddings, and graduations. Lots of pictures and memories. Visits to the cemetery. And plenty of tears.

The crash of Continental Flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air, on that snowy Thursday night outside of Buffalo 9 years ago today left a gaping hole in our families, our communities, our nation, and the world. And it never should have been allowed to happen.

In Wake of Air Safety Tweet, Flight 3407 Families Send Letter to President Trump Urging Him to Resist Regional Airlines Lobbying Pressure to Water Down Safety Rules PDF Print E-mail

Buffalo, New York - January 3, 2018 - In response to news reports on Tuesday that there were no commercial aviation deaths globally in 2017, and President Trump’s subsequent declaration that he had been ‘very strict on Commercial Aviation’ in his first year in office, the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ sent the following letter to the President, calling on him to stand firm against pressure from the nation’s regional airlines to weaken critical safety reforms implemented by FAA and DOT after being unanimously passed by Congress in 2010. These tougher safety requirements have resulted in nearly nine years of no fatal commercial aviation crashes on U.S. carriers, the longest such period in our history by over three times.

Flight 3407 Families Call Out Thune for Attempted End Run Around Congress on Pilot Qualifications PDF Print E-mail

Look Forward to Meeting with Chao to Make Case for Safety

Buffalo, New York - December 18, 2017 - Amid reports that Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune was going to abandon his controversial legislative initiative that would weaken a key regional airline safety measure and instead push for the Trump administration to unilaterally implement his proposal, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' blasted Thune for bypassing the legislative process. They highlighted the sterling safety record that has been achieved as a result of landmark aviation safety legislation unanimously passed by Congress back in 2010 in response to the crash of Flight 3407, and called on President Trump and his transportation policy-makers to resist Thune's pressures and instead stand up for the safety of the American flying public.

Flight 3407 Families Applaud FAA for Major Step in Implementation of Pilot Records Database PDF Print E-mail

Call on DOT and OMB to Complete Accompanying Rule Making

Buffalo, New York - December 8, 2017 - The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' recognized a key milestone today, as the initial release of the Pilot Records Database, another major provision of the landmark 2010 'Airline Safety Act,' was unveiled by the Federal Aviation Administration. The database addresses one of the major flaws in the hiring process at some regional airlines uncovered by the National Transportation Safety Board in the aftermath of the crash, where company officials had difficulties obtaining pilots' full record for use in hiring decisions.

Amid Behind-the-Scenes Lobbying by Regionals, Flight 3407 Families Highlight FAA Comments on First Officer QualificationsAmid Behind-the-Scenes Lobbying by Regionals, Flight 3407 Families Highlight FAA Praise of First Officer Qualifications Requirements PDF Print E-mail

Huerta: 'The System Is Safe and Better Off As a Result'

Buffalo, New York - December 7, 2017 - With the FAA Reauthorization Bill seemingly on hold in Washington with Congress facing a series of year-end deadlines and other issues, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' warned safety advocates and members of the flying public to remain alert to attempts by the regional airlines to water down critical safety enhancements made in the aftermath of the crash under the guise of improving pilot training. The group underlined comments made by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta this fall spotlighting the safety benefit of the new requirements.

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