The tragic 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Western New York highlighted glaring weaknesses in our nation’s aviation safety regulations. Working with the Families of Flight 3407 and the Western New York Congressional delegation, Brian was a strong voice for the passage of critical reforms to make our skies safer. After the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 was signed into law, Brian fought to ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration implemented a number of aviation safety reforms in the areas of pilot fatigue and pilot and crewmember training requirements in full and on time. Brian continues to honor those lost in the crash and the hard work of their families in the wake of the crash by supporting efforts to make the skies safer for the flying public.
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As Western New York prepares to mark the tragic anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is calling on the federal government to persist in demanding the highest level of safety for airline passengers. Higgins voice comes as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is delayed in implementing the changes required in legislation following the crash, and as new concerns are raised relative to pilot training.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) learned that the Secretary of Transportation has forwarded a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” on the Pilot Records Database to the Office of Management and Budget for formal review.
Higgins released the following statement in response:
Western New York Congressmembers Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), Chris Collins (R-NY-27), Tom Reed (R-NY-23) and Joe Morelle (D-NY-25) are leading a letter signed by 24 members of the House of Representatives pushing for full implementation of the Pilot Records Database (PRD) required in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill of 2010. This electronic database would provide information such as FAA records and qualifications, practical test results, past legal enforcement actions, and driver records to allow air carriers to make informed, transparent pilot hiring decisions.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a 5-year reauthorization (H.R. 302) of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
“After several years of temporary extensions, this long-term reauthorization of the FAA provides considerable peace-of-mind in knowing the hard-fought achievements delivering one level of safety to the flying public, although never assured, are better protected for years to come,” said Congressman Higgins.
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26) Tom Reed (NY-23) and the families of Flight 3407 are calling for action to reauthorize the “One Level of Safety’ standards achieved in hard-fought legislation passed in 2010, following the crash of Continental Flight 3407.
Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and his colleagues in the House of Representatives voted (393-13) to approve the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R.4). The bill funds the FAA at $104.17 billion annually through 2023.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pushing back on a position paper recently released by the Flight Safety Foundation which suggests reducing the flight time requirements for new airline pilots.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released its beta test of its online Pilot Records Database (PRD). The PRD will expedite the sharing of pilot records to help commercial airlines and operators make informed hiring decisions.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced work is complete on a $15 million project to rehabilitate the entire length of the crosswind runway at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The pavement project also includes new runway edge lights and guidance signs. The work covered 7,161 feet, the runway's entire length.