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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

Oct 19, 2017 Press Release

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.

Sep 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and 18 additional Members of Congress sent a letter to United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Chao and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Huerta expressing concern and disappointment with recommendations to modify and repeal pilot training rules. Suggested changes from the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) would reduce the training and experience requirements specified in the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010.

Aug 23, 2017 Press Release

BUFFALO, N.Y., August 23, 2017- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced the official opening of its new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. NFTA officials will be joined by Congressman Brian Higgins and New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to mark the occasion with the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Feb 1, 2017 Press Release

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), Chris Collins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Tom Reed (NY-23) joined Flight 3407 families in a roundtable discussion with top House of Representatives transportation leaders to emphasize the importance of protecting the hard-fought aviation safety improvements achieved in recent years.  Delegation members helped to coordinate the meeting with the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Aviation Subcommittee.

Jan 11, 2017 Press Release

As Flight 3407 families attend Senate confirmation hearings considering the next Secretary of Transportation, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) stood on the House of Representatives Floor stressing the need to maintain the flight safety improvements the families sought, achieved and Congress approved. 

Sep 30, 2016 Press Release

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), Chris Collins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Tom Reed (NY-23) led a bipartisan letter signed by 22 members of the House of Representatives urging the Federal Aviation  Administration (FAA) to reject proposals to scale back co-pilot training requirements. 

Feb 11, 2016 Press Release

As members of the House of Representatives Committee met to consider amendments to legislation providing reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) took to the House Floor urging his colleagues to reject amendments aimed at diminishing flight safety progress achieved since the crash of Flight 3407.

Feb 3, 2016 Press Release

Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), Chris Collins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Tom Reed (NY-23) are continuing their united fight against attempts to diminish flight safety progress as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization legislation is introduced and now under consideration in Congress.   

Dec 4, 2015 Press Release

Congress members Brian Higgins (NY-26), Chris Collins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), and Tom Reed (NY-23) released the following joint statement in response to the news that regional airlines are continuing the fight to reduce existing pilot training requirements, including elimination of the 1,500 hour flight time standard. 

Mar 4, 2015 Press Release

As Congress begins consideration of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization, U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins (NY-26), Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Chris Collins (NY-27) reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining the progress in aviation safety achieved following the 2009 crash of Flight 3407 and urged the United States Department of Transportation to uphold the higher pilot qualification standards.

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