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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

Aug 8, 2014 Press Release

In a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta Congressmembers Brian Higgins, Louise Slaughter, Chris Collins and Tom Reed are calling on the FAA to maintain the more rigorous pilot training requirements recently implemented despite pleas by some in the airline industry to relax qualifications.

Jul 10, 2014 Press Release

Higgins Urges Approval of FAA Proposal on Pilot Simulator Training for Emergency Situations

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Feb 28, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke out against erroneous claims that new aviation safety requirements have led to pilot shortages and flight cancellations.
Feb 11, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the House Floor to honor the contributions of the Families of Flight 3407 in enacting landmark safety reforms in the wake of the tragic crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Western New York on February 12, 2009.
Nov 5, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) celebrated today’s release of stronger pilot training requirements by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Jul 10, 2013 Press Release
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins called on the FAA to implement long-delayed aviation safety regulations to improve safety. The regulations on pilot qualifications, crewmember training, and flight simulation training were required after Schumer and Higgins authored legislation in the wake of the Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash near Buffalo, NY.
Jul 10, 2013 Press Release
Members of the Western New York federal delegation called the release of new pilot training rules by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) welcome news.
Jul 8, 2013 Press Release
Following two deadly airplane crashes, members of Western New York’s federal delegation are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to move quickly to finalize aviation safety rules requiring new pilot training standards.
Jan 3, 2013 Event

The First Session of the 113th Congress commences January 3rd, 2013.

Jan 3, 2013 Event
New Members to be sworn in