Congress extends airline safety act

Members of Congress on July 30 passed a funding extension for the Federal Aviation Administration that contains safety provisions to make air travel safer.

The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (H.R. 5900), if signed into law, would include provisions to boost pilot training skills, direct FAA to address pilot fatigue, and improve safety on commuter and regional airlines. The language was drafted in response to fatal crashes such as the Colgan Air flight in 2009 near Buffalo, NY, which resulted in 50 fatalities.

The act would have expired on Monday. The recent extension is the 15th of the current law, originally set to expire in 2007. The funding now will expire at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, 2010.

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