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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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Flight 3407 Families Dig In for Safety Fight on Behalf of Millions of Regional Airline Passengers Across the Nation PDF Print E-mail

Group Urges Full Senate to Block Consideration of FAA Bill with Dangerous Anti-Safety Language

Buffalo, New York - July 13, 2017 - With the FAA authorization set to expire at the end of September and regional airlines desperately attempting to water down critical safety initiatives which have resulted in eight years of no fatal commercial aviation crashes on US domestic carriers, the Families of Continental Flight 3407 vowed to continue their push to ensure that Congress does not cave in to pressure from regional airlines and their lobbyists.

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Flight 3407 Families Denounce Senate Committee's Passage of Amendment to Water Down Regional Airline Safety Measures PDF Print E-mail

Committee Ignores Impassioned Pleas of Miracle on the Hudson Crew; Amendment Barely Passes on Straight Party Line Vote

Buffalo, New York - June 30, 2017 - The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' reacted strongly on Thursday to the narrow passage of an amendment to the Commerce Committee's FAA Reauthorization Bill that would significantly weaken the stronger regional airline pilot experience requirements unanimously passed by Congress in 2010 and finalized by the FAA in 2013. The safety provision in question was part of a comprehensive package of safety reforms implemented by the FAA in the wake of the 2009 crash of Flight 3407 outside of Buffalo, New York, that have resulted in over eight consecutive years of zero fatalities on US commercial planes, the longest such period in U.S. aviation history by over three times.

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10-Year-Old Summer West Leads Safety Charge Against Amendments for Flight 3407 Families in DC PDF Print E-mail

Regional Airlines Pushing for Safety Rollbacks in FAA Bill

Buffalo, New York - June 28, 2017 - As amendments were filed on both sides of the Hill seeking to water down the hard-fought, stronger regional airline pilot qualification requirements won by safety advocates in the wake of the crash of Continental Flight 3407, over twenty-five members of the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' descended upon Washington to stand up for safety. The families' charge was led by 10-year-old Summer West of Clarence, New York, who lost her father and Northrup Grumman defense contractor Ernie West in the crash when she was only two, who read a passionate letter to all members of Congress at the group's press conference (Youtube link to her speech, starting at 1:50: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d5TT2mPWGk&t=110s)

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Flight 3407 Families Call on Aviation Chairman Blunt to Reconsider Meeting with Missouri Couple Who Lost Daughter on Flight 3407 PDF Print E-mail

Regional Airlines Pushing Commerce Committee to Roll Back Critical Safety Initiatives in FAA Bill

Buffalo, New York - June 20, 2017 - With the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' scheduled to head to Washington this week as rumors swirl of attempts by regional airline lobbyists to pressure Senate and House lawmakers to water down critical safety initiatives enacted in the wake of the fatal regional airline crash, the group reacted strongly when the office of Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, the chairman of the Senate Aviation Subcommittee, did not accommodate a meeting request for the Senator from a Missouri couple who lost their daughter in the crash.

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Flight 3407 Families Warn Against Safety Rollbacks, Regional Airline Bailout in FAA Bill PDF Print E-mail

Regional Airlines and Lobbyists Seeking to Undo 8 Years of Zero Fatal Crashes

Buffalo, New York - June 20, 2017 - With Senate and House committees expected to shortly release the text of their FAA Reauthorization Bills, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' sent a strong warning to members on both sides of the Hill who may be considering introducing legislative text to water down critical safety regulations enacted in the wake of the tragic crash of Flight 3407 outside Buffalo in February 2009.

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Flight 3407 Families Call on Chao to Hold the Line on Regional Airline Safety Regulations PDF Print E-mail

Transportation Secretary to Testify on FAA Reauthorization This Week Before Senate, House Committees

Buffalo, New York - June 6, 2017 - With new Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao scheduled to testify on FAA Reauthorization before Senate and House committees this week, members of the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' called on the Secretary to stand up for critical regional airline safety initiatives in the midst of an industry push to water down or eliminate them entirely.

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