New Rules to Combat Pilot Fatigue

December 21, 2011 Updated Dec 21, 2011 at 8:40 AM EDT

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December 21, 2011 Updated Dec 21, 2011 at 8:40 AM EDT

Washington, D.C. - This new rule will address how many hours a pilot must have off in between shifts in order to get proper rest.

Pilot Fatigue, as it is called, was a contributing factor in the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center back in 2009. Since the crash, family members of the 50 victims have worked hard to change aviation law. New safety rules were approved by Congress but were never officially put on the books by the FAA.

Some have said those laws were stalled by airline lobbyists. Family members hope an expected announcement, Wednesday, will be the first step to correct mistakes many said lead to the crash of Flight 3407.

"That is, I mean, that is really great, I mean I can't even, I'm kind of speechless because it's, we really wanted to get this done by Christmas and it would be like a Christmas present," family member of victim Jennifer West said.

It could still take years for the rules to actually go into effect and there may be other issues during the announcement on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Washington D.C.