Since the NTSB conducted its original public hearing on this tragedy in May 2009, the Families of Flight 3407 have been able to meet with numerous government officials to heighten awareness of aviation safety issues and to ask for assistance in improving the safety of airline passengers across the country including:
- President Barack Obama (Click here for article)
- Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner
- Offices of 100 US Senators
- Offices of over 200 US Representatives
- Hon. Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation
- Hon. Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation
- Hon. Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation
- Hon. Randy Babbitt, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
- Hon. Michael Huerta, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
- Hon. Daniel Elwell, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
- Hon. Deborah Hersman, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
- Staff members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee & Aviation Subcommittee
- Staff members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee & Aviation Subcommittee
Our ongoing awareness campaign and request for positive changes to aviation safety regulations have helped influence many government initiatives. Since this accident, there have been numerous Senate and House of Representatives hearings to investigate the current state of aviation safety and opportunities for improvement.
Representatives from the Families of Continental Flight 3407, Mike Loftus and Scott Maurer, were invited by Congressional members to testify and participate in three of those hearings. Other family members have been invited to speak at NTSB forums.
Since the accident, family members have attended every Congressional hearing on aviation issues and have made more than 100 trips to Washington to advocate for changes to address the weaknesses that contributed to the crash of Continental Flight 3407.
Our efforts have also led to the passage of PL 111-216, The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010. This law is one of the most comprehensive aviation safety regulations of all time and includes many provisions to improve the overall safety of the American flying public. For a more comprehensive overview of the new regulations and a status on all open items, please click here.