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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. 


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Dec 10, 2012 Event

The United States House of Representatives is scheduled to hold votes beginning at 6:30pm Eastern Standard Time.

May 20, 2011 Press Release

"This is welcome news for the Flight 3407 Families, Western New Yorkers and all Americans concerned with aviation safety. It means the reforms and safety improvements we fought so hard for last year will be implemented. Defeating this amendment was a bipartisan effort that I was proud to help lead. I will continue to be vigilant on this matter until we confirm that this damaging amendment is in fact ultimately and officially dropped from the bill and all of our aviation safety reforms are implemented in full."

May 11, 2011 Press Release

“Today’s announcement by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) detailing plans to strengthen pilot training is a direct result of ongoing efforts by Flight 3407 families and action taken by Congress to make the skies safer for the flying public. Practical training encompassing potential emergency scenarios will help to better prepare skilled pilots entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people at 35,000 feet in the air.

May 3, 2011 Press Release

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Congressman Brian Higgins stood with the families of the victims of Continental Flight 3407 as they continue their efforts to beat back attempts to slow down new aviation safety rules in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. The bill has been passed by both chambers of Congress, but the House version of the bill contains an amendment that would make it more difficult for the FAA to implement strict safety standards across the industry.

Mar 31, 2011 Press Release
This week, the House will consider the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act (H.R. 658). Congressman Brian Higgins spoke in opposition to an amendment to the bill which would make it more difficult for the FAA to implement aviation safety reforms, including the pilot fatigue regulations, previously won at the urging of Flight 3407 families.
Mar 30, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is working diligently behind the scenes in Washington, D.C.  to prevent the House of Representatives from passing an amendment that threatens great strides in federal flight safety improvements made following the tragic crash of Flight 3407 in Western New York.

Oct 15, 2010 Press Release
U.S. Reps. Chris Lee (NY-26), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Louise Slaughter (NY-28), Rush Holt (NJ-12), Tim Holden (PA-17), Bob Inglis (SC-04), and Russ Carnahan (MO-03) today sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Randy Babbitt, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), urging them to adhere to the pilot training guidelines set forth in the long-overdue aviation safety reforms signed into law this past July (full text of the letter below). The bipartisan group of lawmakers sent the letter to the two leading transportation officials in response to a recent proposal put forward by the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Committee which would drastically cut the 1,500-hour minimum flight time requirement included in the law, allowing inadequately trained pilots in the cockpits of America’s commercial airplanes.
Jul 29, 2010 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to approve H.R. 5900, the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act, achieving a legislative victory for the Families of Flight 3407 who fought patiently and persistently to make aviation in American safer and to prevent others from experiencing any similar losses.
Feb 11, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26), Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt and FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Margaret Gilligan calling for a meeting to discuss last week's National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report on Flight 3407 and to discuss the FAA's progress in implementing these overdue reforms to aviation safety. The February 2009 crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, New York claimed the lives of 50 people including an expecting mother.
Feb 2, 2010 Press Release
Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26), Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) released the following joint statement regarding the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) findings and safety recommendations on the Flight 3407 tragedy that claimed the lives of 50 people on February 12, 2009