Clarence, NY (WKBW) -- Families and lawmakers meeting today in Clarence to talk about the next steps in making the skies safer. Now, they say, the focus shifts to enforcing this new FAA Reauthorization Law.
Today, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman Brian Higgins, and Congressman Chris Lee promising families that they will push the FAA to draft regulation on the new safety rules. The families of 3407 victims have been pushing for stricter safety rules since the February 2009 crash in Clarence Center. Legislators say those special interest groups that delayed the passage of the law could delay the implementation of the law.
Karen Eckert, whose sister Beverly perished in the crash, says that 17 provisions in the safety bill have anywhere from a 90 day implementation date to a three-year implementation date.
The law increases the minimum number of flight training hours from 250 to 1500. It ensures that pilots know how to fly in icy weather, and are trained on stall and upset recovery. The law also calls for a national pilot database to make background checks easier. Internet websites that sell airline tickets must disclose the air carrier that operates each segment of the flight on the first web page.