CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) - In the wake of the crash of Flight 3407, the FAA launched aneffort to improve airline safety. It has now released its final"Call to Action" report.
This is being called the final report from the FAA after thatdevastating crash in Clarence Center almost one year ago, but it'sclear this won't satisfy all those who have been pushing fortougher standards and better pilot training.
The 201 page report says, among other things, that the FAAinspected 85 airlines and found only eight lacked any kind ofremedial training system. It finds new government and airlineinitiatives are succeeding in improving the overall safety of U.S.commuter airlines and that there are moves in place now to bettertrack the performance of new pilots. The head of the FAA says itswork and is by no means finished and this safety push willcontinue.
Here's reaction from Washington.
Sen. Charles Schumer(D) said, "The FAA has taken many of therequests of the families from Flight 3407 into account and that's agood thing. Their work is not going unnoticed. There are still somethings that the families and the FAA disagree with and it sideswith the families on this. Particularly the 1,500 hours of pilottraining and I will work with the FAA when that bill comes up tosee that is added to it as well."
Rep. Brian Higgins(D) said, "Here's what we know. That accidentwas avoidable. It was avoidable and we have to find a way to makechanges in pilot training, be it in icy conditions or in general,to instill confidence in the flying public that everything is beingdone to protect them and their families."
The FAA does plan to issue a proposal on revised crew trainingrequirements early this year. So there is more to come on thesechanges. In the meantime, you can
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