Aviation Safety Legislation

The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (PL 111-216) was signed into law on August 1, 2010.  For a summary of the provisions included in this new law, please click here.

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Flight 3407 Families to Stand Up for New Regional Airline Safety Rules at Wednesday's House Aviation Hearing PDF Print E-mail

Industry Continues to Shift Blame to Regulations as Culprit for Regional Airlines' Inability to Find Pilots to Work for Food Stamp-Level Wages

Buffalo, New York - April 29, 2014 – In a show of support for new federal aviation safety guidelines geared at avoiding a repeat of the tragic and avoidable crash of Continental (now United) Flight 3407, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' will attend Wednesday morning's House Aviation Subcommittee hearing. The hearing, to be held at 10 a.m. in Room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building, will focus on air service to small communities, at airports served almost exclusively by regional airlines. The family group will also make rounds on both sides of Capitol Hill to highlight a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on Pilot Supply that exposed the myth being propagated by the airlines that there are not enough ATP-licensed pilots to fill their cockpits.

Flight 3407 Families Ask 'What Pilot Shortage?', as GAO Report Exposes Airline Industry PDF Print E-mail

Large Pool of Potential Pilots Exist; Airlines Need to Step Up to Make Profession More Attractive

Buffalo, New York - February 28, 2014 – The ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ reacted strongly to today’s Buffalo News article (http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/pilot-shortage-tied-to-low-wages-gao-report-finds-20140227) detailing a Government Accountability Office report on pilot supply as a counter to recent airline claims that new regional airline safety rules were to blame for an alleged ‘pilot shortage’. In particular, the group highlighted the report’s finding that ‘Data indicate that a large pool of qualified pilots exists relative to projected demand, but whether such pilots are willing or available to work at wages being offered is unknown.’

On 5 Year Anniversary, Flight 3407 Families Lash Out at Airline Executives, Congressional Members Who Put Corporate Greed Before Safety PDF Print E-mail

House Aviation Subcommittee Hearing Raises Serious Concerns About Some Members' Commitment to Safety

Buffalo, New York - February 12, 2014 – As the members of the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' prepare to gather tonight to remember their loved ones tragically lost five years ago when Continental Flight 3407 operated by regional carrier crashed into a home on Long Street in Clarence Center, New York, group members had a strong message for some in the airline industry and Congress who have seemingly already forgotten the painful lessons learned on that February evening in 2009. Recent quotes in newspaper articles and comments made by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members at last Wednesday's hearing raised serious concerns about their commitment to ensuring that passengers flying on the nation's regional airlines receive a true 'One Level of Safety' compared to those flying on the mainline carriers.

The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' - 5th Anniversary Remembrance in Clarence Center PDF Print E-mail

The Families of Continental Flight 3407 will gather to remember their loved ones at a memorial service at the Zion Lutheran Church, February 12, 2014, 8pm, followed by candle light procession to mark the exact time of the tragedy’s occurrence five years ago.

The memorial service, open to the public, marks the five-year anniversary of the senseless crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence, NY. The service will include reflections from members of the community that came to their aid in the aftermath of the crash along with expressions of appreciation from the 3407 Families. A sentimental slideshow of the victims lost will be shown along with live music and the laying of carnations representing each of the 51 people who died as a result of the crash of Flight 3407. There will be a gathering in the Church Hall immediately following the ceremony.

Flight 3407 Families Call Out Regional Airlines, Supporters for Using Alleged Pilot Shortage to Attack Safety Rules PDF Print E-mail

Oppose Exemptions; Declare Commercial Aviation System is Only as Strong as the Weakest Link

Buffalo, New York - January 23, 2014 – Less than three weeks from the five year anniversary of the tragic and preventable crash of Continental (now United Airlines) Flight 3407 operated by regional carrier Colgan Air (a subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines), the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' railed at recent complaints by aviation industry stakeholders and their supporters attacking new safety rules designed to ensure a TRUE 'One Level of Safety' for passengers traveling on both major and regional carriers.

5 Years Later, Flight 3407 Families Spotlight the Lessons of the Miracle on the Hudson PDF Print E-mail

One Level of Safety Demands Same Commitment To and Investment in Safety by Regional Carriers

Buffalo, New York - January 15, 2014 – With the five year anniversary of the tragic crash of Continental Flight 3407 less than one monthaway, the ‘Families of ContinentalFlight 3407’ reacted to today’s five year anniversary of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’, US Airways Flight 1549, by contrasting the two flights and the factors that contributed to their diametrically opposed outcomes.

Flight 3407 Families Applaud FAA, DOT for Taking Big Step Towards ‘One Level of Safety’ with Release of Pilot Training Rule PDF Print E-mail

Call on Regional Airlines to Quickly Comply with New Guidelines

Buffalo, New York - November 5, 2013 – In response to this afternoon’s joint press conference held by the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration announcing the release of new pilot training requirements for the nation’s Part 121 air carriers, the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ issued the following statement:

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