Contact: Michele Erwin, President and Founder
Alternate Contact: Alan Chaulet, Vice President
For Immediate Release
All Wheels Up urges Congress to pass FAA Bill
Bill includes study on safety of wheelchair restraints in flight
Islip, NY, June 10th 2016… All Wheels Up is urging Congress to pass the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act of 2016 H.R.4441. FAA funding expires on July 15th and another short term extension will delay our work for Wheelchair Accessible Airplanes.
The Senate version of the bill specifically states in section 3116 they will have a “study on in cabin wheelchair restraint systems”. This section of the bill would give people who use wheelchairs the option to fly in the safety of their wheelchair, just as they currently do for buses, automobiles and trains.
This is not just about the rights of the disabled flyer, but more importantly, about their safety. The current standard for a person who uses a wheelchair, with limited or no mobility, is unsafe (as shown on our website https://www.allwheelsup.org/problem/). We know the best investment in the future of aviation is to fund the studies on in-cabin wheelchair restraint systems and make it easier to fly with a wheelchair for the 4 million Americans, and millions more around the world, who use one.
We need the House to pass the Senate FAA Re-Authorization Bill. House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster has not yet said if he will pass his own bill or a short term extension.
We are asking everybody to please contact their Congressman and Chairman Congressman Bill Shuster and ask them to take up the Senate FAA Re-Authorization Bill http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.
All Wheels Up will work relentlessly to fund the crash testing of wheelchairs and will keep pushing this bill or work to create a new one. We are also working hard on our current feasibility study and, thanks to all of our supporters, fabrication of our crash test sled is already underway and a test date will be set very soon.
About All Wheels Up Inc: Formed in 2011 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, All Wheels Up is currently the only organization in the world advocating for Wheelchair Accessible Air Travel and crash testing Wheelchairs for Commercial Flight.
For more information, please vist https://www.allwheelsup.org/