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FAA Deal Will Enact New Airline Safety Standards
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By BRIAN TUMULTY
Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - New airline safety standards for training pilots and copilots could become law within the next couple of weeks under a compromise deal reached by congressional leaders on reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to a spokesman for Sen. Chuck Schumer, the long-stalled legislation is expected to pass the House as soon as Thursday and be sent to the Senate.

The compromise will temporarily reauthorize the FAA operations for another two or three months but include permanent language on the new safety standards.

Family members of flight 3407 crash victims have traveled to Washington, D.C. on several occasions to try and convince lawmakers to include safety improvements into the FAA bill.

The FAA bill has been blocked recently in a dispute over labor provisions favored by United Parcel Service and opposed by FedEx as well as a dispute over additional landing slots at Reagan National Airport located across the river from Washington.

The compromise bill leaves those thorny issues unresolved.

Senator Charles Schumer released the following statement Wednesday afternoon regarding the impending House passage of the long-sought after reform.

"While we have taken a long and circuitous route to get here, our ultimate goal of vastly improving aviation safety in this country is within our reach. I will say it before and say it again, it is the 3407 Families and their tireless advocacy that have made this possible. The Congress is but a conduit for their passion, drive and determination."

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