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FAA says it is committed to deadlines pushed for by 3407 families

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A day after the fourth anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407, the Federal Aviation Administration says it is committed to honor deadlines for airline safety reform later this year.

In letters to Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta confirmed his commitment to safety initiatives outlined under the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act.

Huerta says he hopes to complete work on the pilot qualifications rule by August and the Flight Crew Member training rule by October.

It comes after FAA representatives told family members Tuesday that work wouldn't be done until 2014.

A day after the anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407, family members are using the last of their time in the nation's capitol to push for airline reform, and Wednesday, they had their eyes on some key congressional representatives.

The families were again going office to office, but this day was a bit more targeted than Tuesday. That was about talking to as many people as possible.

Wednesday, they really zeroed in on representatives on Aviation Subcommittees; people they think really need to hear their story.

That included New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte. Families met with her staffer behind closed doors.

She's the newest number one Republican on the Aviation Subcommittee, and they want to be sure she knows them and their story well.

The families told her staffer about their loved ones, and left fliers with their faces on them.
Four years after the crash, they say they now know how important it is for lawmakers to know about their cause, so change can happen.

'I think number one we need to keep pressure up on the FAA... bring them to completion," said Kevin Kuwik, boyfriend of crash victim.

After spending the past two days with the family members, one of the things they keep repeating is that they can't believe its been four years already. They say they don't want to have to come back here next year for the fifth anniversary and keep fighting. They want to see airline reforms in place, and enforced this year.

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