WASHINGTON – Thanks to Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Congress is about to give the Federal Aviation Administration a nudge to get going on a pilot record database that Congress called for after the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence.
Schumer, D-N.Y., added language to a must-pass transportation funding bill that asks the FAA to provide Congress with a status report on the database by March 2, 2015.
“The pilot records database is a huge part of our effort to make air travel safer for all passengers because it pressures regional carriers to hire the most qualified pilots,” Schumer said. “The FAA has been far too slow in getting this database off the ground, and that’s why I supported including language in the transportation appropriations bill to get them to pick up the pace by forcing them to report to Congress on their progress.”
Lawmakers called for the creation of the database because Capt. Marvin Renslow, the pilot of Flight 3407, had failed several test flights before Colgan Air, the flight’s operator, hired him – yet Colgan had no way of knowing of those failures.
Creating of the database has lagged a series of other aviation safety measures that the FAA has finalized since the crash, which claimed 50 lives.