Gearing Up for FAA Reauthorization, Flight 3407 Families to Attend House Hearing

Family Group on Alert for Regional Airline Lobbying Effort to Weaken Entry-Level Pilot Experience Requirements

Buffalo, New York – February 1, 2023 – Nearly 14 years after the tragic and very avoidable crash of Continental Flight 3407 outside of Buffalo, New York, the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ are readying for the upcoming FAA Reauthorization process and yet another attempt by the regional airlines to water down the higher pilot qualification requirements enacted in the aftermath of the crash.


Flight 3407 Families’ Statement on FAA’s Denial of Republic Airways Petition

Buffalo, New York – September 20, 2022 – We commend the Federal Aviation Administration for denying Republic Airways’ petition for exemption from the enhanced First Officer Qualification requirements that came about as a result of the landmark 2010 Aviation Safety Act.  These requirements have been the cornerstone of a package of regional airline safety reforms that have led to over thirteen years without a fatal crash on a U.S. commercial carrier, by far and away the safest period in the skies that our country has experienced.


Flight 3407 Families, Sullenberger Denounce Republic Airways’ Effort to Weaken Safety

Miracle on the Hudson Pilot Rebuts Attempt to Equate Airline’s Training Program to Military’s

Buffalo, New York – May 13, 2022 – With news that regional carrier Republic Airways has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration for an exemption to the foundation of the landmark aviation law unanimously passed by Congress in 2010 in response to the tragic crash of Flight 3407, the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ strenuously objected and called on acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen to reject the proposal in the strongest and swiftest manner possible.


Flight 3407 Families on Alert Over Efforts to Loosen Pilot Qualification Requirements

Warn of Airlines Holding Essential Air Service Hostage to Win Government Concessions

Buffalo, New York – April 20, 2022 – With Sky West announcing the impending elimination of Essential Air Service (EAS) routes and airline lobbyists beginning to make the rounds to push for reduced pilot qualification requirements as part of the upcoming FAA Reauthorization process, the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ challenged Congress and the Biden Administration to hold the line on these guidelines in the interest of the safety of the traveling public, specifically in terms of our nation’s regional carriers.


Flight 3407 Families’ Statement on the 13th Anniversary of the Crash

Airline Safety Act Has Now Been Fully Implemented

Buffalo, New York – February 12, 2022 – Yet again, the calendar turns to February 12th and the sights, sounds, and memories of a horrible tragedy come flooding back.  Sadness and pain as we reflect on our loved ones who are no longer with us, and all the experiences of the past thirteen years that they have not been able to be a part of.