Mobile Menu - OpenMobile Menu - Closed

Aviation Safety


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. 


More on Aviation Safety

Jul 1, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The bill, co-sponsored by Higgins, dedicates more than $1.5 trillion to rebuilding America’s infrastructure and creating American jobs.

Infrastructure moving forward

(To access video go to:

Jun 30, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced two federal grants totaling $2,061,984 to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) for snow removal equipment at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The grants were awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration, under the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Mar 30, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) reported today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took long-awaited action toward implementation of a Pilot Records Database (PRD), a safety measure recommended following the crash of Colgan Flight 3407 on February 12, 2009.

The Pilot Records Database was required in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill of 2010 approved by Congress and has been in a beta test phase since December 2017.

Mar 4, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) confirmed with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that following years in limbo there is new action on the Pilot Records Database moving the flight safety measure into the final phase of implementation.  With the OMB review concluding this week, the FAA will prepare a final rule t

Feb 11, 2020 Press Release

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.  

Aug 31, 2019 Press Release

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: 

May 15, 2019 Press Release

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. 

Sep 26, 2018 Press Release

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.

Sep 24, 2018 Press Release

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. 

Apr 27, 2018 Press Release

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.