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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.

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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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Flight 3407 Families Blast Regional Airlines' Proposal That Would Reduce Pilot Hiring Requirements to Only 500 Hours of Flight Time PDF Print E-mail

Family Group Praises Duckworth and CAPA for Highlighting the Importance of Experience

Buffalo, New York - November 1, 2017 - Fighting back against continued maneuvering by regional airlines and their lobbyists, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' called on the Trump administration to continue to resist their efforts to weaken the 2010 aviation safety law. The latest attempt by regionals to undermine the new first officer entry-level qualification requirements involved the public release of a two-year-old proposal authored by an industry-dominated committee which calls on the FAA Administrator to approve the awarding of additional flight hour credit to entry-level pilots for completing classroom and simulator training administered by the airlines themselves.

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Flight 3407 Families Call Out Another RAA-Driven Effort to Water Down Safety Law PDF Print E-mail

Airlines and Allies Muscle Recommendation Through Committee to Weaken Pilot Qualification Requirements

Buffalo, New York - September 15, 2017 - As an industry-dominated Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) rubber-stamped a regional airline proposal to eliminate or weaken critical new regional airline pilot qualification requirements on Thursday, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' strongly objected and called on the Federal Aviation Administration to stand its ground in the interest of the flying public.

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Flight 3407 Families Raise Alarm on FAA Advisory Committee's Backdoor Efforts to Weaken Pilot Qualification Requirements PDF Print E-mail

Flight 3407 Families Raise Alarm on FAA Advisory Committee's Backdoor Efforts to Weaken Pilot Qualification Requirements

Buffalo, New York - September 7, 2017 - In the midst of being fully engaged in the FAA Reauthorization process underway in both Houses of Congress, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' group was forced to take a detour amid reports that an industry-dominated Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) under the auspices of the FAA was in the process of finalizing a proposal that would include a recommendation to eliminate or water down critical new regional airline pilot qualification requirements unanimously enacted by Congress in the wake of the crash of Flight 3407 back in 2009.

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As FAA Reauthorization Deadline Fast Approaches, Flight 3407 Families Call Out Lobbyists for Continued Efforts to Diminish Enhanced Qualification Requirements PDF Print E-mail

Flight 3407 Captain Was Hired by Regional at 650 Hours; Unable to React When Auto-Pilot Disengaged

Buffalo, New York - September 5, 2017 - With the nation's regional airlines and their lobbyists continuing to wage a disinformation campaign throughout Congress's August recess against regional airline safety initiatives that were 'paid for in blood', the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' persevered in their crusade to remind members on both sides of the Hill and both sides of the aisle of the importance of standing up for all members of the flying public, in resisting any efforts to water down these safety measures in the ongoing efforts to reauthorize the FAA. The historic package of regional airline safety reforms unanimously passed by Congress in 2010 has resulted in over eight years of no fatal commercial crashes on domestic carriers in the United States, the longest such period in our nation's history by over three times.

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Flight 3407 Families Can Only Shake Their Heads As Embry-Riddle Pulls Back Support for Thune Amendment PDF Print E-mail

Aviation Dean Sends Letter to Thune Just 1 Day After Mark-Up

Buffalo, New York - July 19, 2017 - After narrowly being approved during the Commerce Committee's FAA mark-up by a 14-13 vote, the fight over Senator John Thune's amendment to water down entry-level pilot qualification requirements for regional airline first officers took an interesting turn when Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University withdrew its support for the amendment in a letter dated June 30th from Dr. Alan Stolzer, Dean of the Aviation School, to Senator Thune. Just one day prior, Thune had trumpeted Embry-Riddle's endorsement during the debate on the amendment.

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