From the Morning Memo:

Federal lawmakers in New York used the 10th anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407 to urge the Federal Aviation Administration to establish an Electronic Pilot Training Database.

The reference tool, which would give airlines full access to the training records of commercial pilots, was included in safety reforms approved by Congress in 2010. However, to this point it has been stuck in the testing phase.

The 2010 legislation was championed by the family members of those who died when Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center, killing 50 people, including a 7-month pregnant woman. Members of the WNY delegation and both U.S. Senators wrote to the FAA secretary this week and urged action.

“On the ten year anniversary of Flight 3407 tragedy, we launch a new push to finally establish a new pilot training database – after years of delay and foot-dragging – that will give specific information on the training of all commercial airline pilots,” U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

“Our skies are safer today than ever before because the Flight 3407 families united as one and spearheaded a movement to pass life-saving commercial airline regulations just like this one. I will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the 3407 Families until we pass every element of their life-saving agenda.”

Lawmakers said the database was actually required to be in effect no later than April 2017 – a deadline that has obviously already passed. An audit by the Department of Transportations Office of the Inspector General found the FAA has actually missed several deadlines mandated by the legislation.

“Ten years later, the crash of Flight 3407 still weighs heavily on our community,” Republican NY-27 Rep. Chris Collins said. “The families have worked tirelessly to make our skies safe. The Pilot Record Database is one of the last pieces of the puzzle and it is time for it to be fully implemented.”

The database provision was included in the legislation after an investigation revealed that Colgan Air hired the captain of Flight 3407, without full knowledge of his complete training record, which showed that he failed three FAA practical tests prior to operating the plane.