Thursday, January 15, 2009

This man is a hero

**** Update (7:53pm): Apparently Chesley B. Sullenberger III has made history.
**** Update (6:30am Friday): Excellent analysis of the landing by pilot Charles Bremner in the Times.

This is Chesley B. ("Sully") Sullenberger III, pilot of the US Airways airbus 320 that crashed in New York today, who saved hundreds of lives today by calmly landing the plane on the Hudson River. From Safety Reliablity Methods, Inc:

SRM Founder Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III is a captain for a major U.S. airline with over 40 years of flying experience. A former U.S. Air Force (USAF) fighter pilot, he has served as an instructor and Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) safety chairman, accident investigator and national technical committee member. He has participated in several USAF and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident investigations. His ALPA safety work led to the development of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular. Working with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists, he coauthored a paper on error inducing contexts in aviation. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Crew Resource Management (CRM) course used at his airline and has taught the course to hundreds of his colleagues. Sully is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S.), Purdue University (M.S.) and the University of Northern Colorado (M.A.). He was a speaker on two panels at the High Reliability Organizations (HRO) 2007 International Conference in Deauville, France May 29-31, 2007. He has just been named a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.


Anonymous said...

Unbelievable!!! The pilot saved more lives than just those on the plane by landing in the water. As a private pilot I am in awe.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for knowing exactly what to do and when to do it. It was a pleasure to watch this story unfold with tears of joy in my eyes. Please tell me you plan to be an instructor???