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Flight 3407 Families Highlight Costello Letter Calling on FAA to Swiftly Wrap Up Pilot Qualifications Rule PDF Print E-mail

Family Group Lauds Him for His Leadership, Support on Landmark Aviation Safety Legislation

Buffalo, New York- December 19, 2012 – The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' applauded a letter (see text below) from Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL), the ranking member on the House Aviation Subcommittee, to FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta, calling on the agency to expeditiously issue the "strongest possible" final rule on entry level requirements for commercial airline first officers as an August 1, 2013 deadline fast approaches. With the issue drawing significant national attention of late due to an airline industry effort to weaken this critical safety initiative, the letter reiterates the importance of raising the bar for our nation's regional airlines, as a means to achieve a true 'One Level of Safety' between the regional and mainline carriers.

Flight 3407 Families Applaud Captain Sullenberger's Letter to Editor on Higher Pilot Standards; Call on FAA to Stand Its Ground Against Industry Propaganda PDF Print E-mail

Family Group Reiterates Unanimous Congressional Approval of Aviation Safety Bill

Buffalo, New York- December 11, 2012 – In the face of a recent media campaign by the airline industry attempting to undermine the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) implementation of a unanimously-supported Congressional requirement to raise entry-level hiring qualifications for first officers at regional airlines, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' praised Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger's recent letter to the editor (text is included below) of the Wall Street Journal in defense of the higher standards. With the FAA required to issue a finished product by next August, the family group continued its push for the FAA to finalize the rule and not give in to industry pressure to further weaken the proposed higher requirements.

Flight 3407 Families Blast Airlines' 'Crying Wolf' on Pilot Shortage; Call on White House to Be 'Full Speed Ahead' on Finalizing New Requirements PDF Print E-mail

New Entry Level Requirement Guidelines for First Officers Will Help Level the Playing Field for Passengers on Regional Airlines

Buffalo, New York- November 15, 2012 – In response to recent propaganda efforts by the airline industry to pressure the FAA into watering down a rulemaking on entry level pilot qualifications due by next August, the 'Families of Continental (now United) Flight 3407' strongly condemned characterizations by the regional airline industry that stronger experience requirements would create a drastic pilot shortage, and called on the Obama administration to stand firm with its previously-announced proposal. "It is our sincere hope that OMB (the White House Office of Management and Budget), DOT, and FAA will see through this smokescreen and do the right thing for the flying public when they finalize this new rule," stated Scott Maurer of Moore, South Carolina, who lost his thirty-year-old daughter Lorin.

Presidential Election Looms Large for Flight 3407 Families as FAA and DOT Enter Critical Twelve Month Rulemaking Stretch PDF Print E-mail

Family Group Challenges Both Candidates to Stand Up for Safety as Industry Pours Over $35 Million into Lobbying, Campaign Contributions

Buffalo, New York- October 30, 2012 – With the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation scheduled to issue two critical new safety regulations affecting pilot training and entry level pilot hiring qualifications in the next twelve months, the 'Families of Continental (now United) Flight 3407' called on President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to achieve a true 'One Level of Safety' among the nation's major and regional airlines if elected. Highlighting the $35 million spent by the airline industry on lobbying in this two year election cycle, with $3 million of that representing campaign contributions (www.opensecrets.org), the family group drew a sharp contrast between the resources available to safety advocates and the airlines themselves.

Flight 3407 Families Applaud Bipartisan House Letter Calling on FAA to Speed Up Pilot Training Rule PDF Print E-mail

As Congress Hits Recess, Family Group Reminds White House, DOT, FAA That October 2013 is Too Late

Buffalo, New York- August 2, 2012 – As Congress readies for its August recess, the 'Families of Continental (now United) Flight 3407' praised a joint House letter signed by 46 representatives to acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta calling on FAA to move up its target date for introducing a crucial final rule that would significantly modernize the curriculum for airlines' crewmember training programs. Recognizing that the Airline Safety Act of 2010 mandated that this rule be completed in October 2011, the letter, which was led by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY-27) and Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH-2), labeled the proposed target date of October 2013 'unacceptable', and echoed the family group's call to quickly complete the critical safety initiative in the interest of achieving a true 'One Level of Safety' for our nation's regional airlines.

On Two Year Anniversary of Historic Regional Airline Safety Legislation, Flight 3407 Families Continue to Push for 'One Level of Safety' PDF Print E-mail

Provisions on Pilot Fatigue, Training, Qualifications, Airline Safety Programs, and Training Record Database in the Spotlight

Buffalo, New York- August 1, 2012 – Two years to the day that President Obama signed the 'Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010' into law, after being unanimously passed by both Houses of Congress, the Families of Continental (now United) Flight 3407 issued the following statement recognizing both what has been already accomplished and also what key milestones still lie ahead. They called on the President, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, and acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to honor the memory of their loved ones lost, as well as to stand up for the safety of the flying public, by not giving in to an intensive lobbying effort by the airline industry to delay and water down the key safety measures remaining to be implemented. Of particular importance are key rulemakings in the areas of pilot training and minimum qualification requirements.

Flight 3407 Families Call on Commerce Committee to Support Huerta's Nomination; Critical Rulemakings Hanging in the Balance at FAA PDF Print E-mail

Group is Counting on Acting Administrator to Complete Key Rulemakings on Pilot Training and Qualifications in Swift Manner

Buffalo, New York- July 31, 2012 – With the Senate's Commerce Committee scheduled to hold an executive session on Tuesday afternoon to consider the nomination of Michael Huerta as FAA Administrator, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' called on Chairman John D. 'Jay' Rockefeller (D-WV), ranking member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), and their colleagues on the committee to approve the nomination of Huerta, and send his name to the entire Senate body for its approval. At the same time, the group underscored the importance of Huerta living up to his pledge to Chairman Rockefeller at his confirmation hearing to expedite a long-overdue rulemaking that would revamp airlines' pilot training programs. And the group continues to press the FAA to withstand industry pressure and finalize a rulemaking that would significantly enhance the entry-level requirements for commercial airline first officers.

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