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Flight 3407 families in final stretch of fight

By Eileen Buckley

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Washington, D.C. – Families of Flight 3407 are back in Washington this week fighting for improved aviation safety for regional air carriers. As WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, they appeared with New York Senator Charles Schumer at a news conference Tuesday to discuss ongoing negotiations between the House and Senate on the FAA Reauthorization Bill.

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Kevin Kuwik is among the 15 family members who are in Washington to attend the NTSB Safety Forum on Professionalism in Aviation.

"We are right down to the stretch here with this bill," said Kuwik.

Kuwik has been part of a major push by Flight 3407 families to change pilot training hours. His girlfriend, Lorin Mauer, was among the 50 people killed in the crash.

Schumer wants the House version to be passed because it calls for an increase in pilot training hours to 1,500 hours.

Schumer said it is an issue of quantity and quality.

" Why aren't we airing on the side of more training rather than less, given what happened," said Schumer.

Schumer wants speedy passage of the bill, which is currently bogged down due to non-safety related issues, including an amendment for companies such as UPS and Fed Ex.

"We've come far. It is now more important we complete an FAA bill with the strongest possible safety provisions," said Schumer.

But the Senator vows the issue will not delay a final vote the reauthorization bill.