Families of Continental Connection crash react to recent Colgan Air fines

"This fine is just another example of the drop-off in training provided between regional airlines and the major carriers," Maurer continued. "If Continental or United are going to sell the ticket and paint the plane in their colors, they should ensure that their regional partners operating the flights are making the same commitment to, and investment in, safety and training.  Unfortunately, Colgan continues to demonstrate that money is more important than safety, and Continental and United continue to look the other way."

Congress has given the FAA, which has been at the center of recent budget fights in Washington, the authority to make changes to the training and scheduling requirements for regional pilots. Lawmakers passed the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act in 2010. 

The changes are currently in the FAA rule-making process.