If you have not yet heard about the amazing airplane incident today in New York, allow me to introduce you to an American hero—Chelsea “Sully” Sullenberger. United States Air Force Academy graduate, United States Air Force fighter pilot, veteran pilot for US Airways since A.D. 1980, founder and C.E.O. of his own company, a visiting professor at U.C. Berkeley, and a member and consultant for several aviation and safety organizations and task forces, Mr. Sullenberger has an extraordinarily accomplished record. You can visit his company’s website, Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., where you can see his impressive curriculum vitae.
The city of New York and the whole nation celebrate today this man, who reminds us what a real hero is. If you wish to express your admiration, you can e-mail him at the address available on his C.V. I wrote the following short note to Mr. Sullenberger: “Thank you for saving people’s lives today and for showing a nation what character, a cool head, and solid training can do. You are a hero and a role model. The U.S.A.F., the Academy, U.S. Airways, and your family must be very proud.” Indeed, they are. Frankly, I am surprised that U.S. Airways has such pilots in its fleet. Given my rather unpleasant experiences with their luggage crews and flight delays and cancellations, I did not have a good impression of the company. Mr. Sullenberger alters my views a bit. I hope that they throw him a big party; he is the best p.r. that the company has had in some time.
You can read about the pilot’s admirable actions at the following: N.B.C. New York’s “Miracle on the Hudson,” Michelle Malkin’s “Flight 1549 pilot: God bless Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger!” and “Plane down: U.S. Airways disaster miracle in Hudson River; Update: All survived? Passenger: ‘Everyone prayed,’” the Times’ “Veteran pilot Chesley B. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger III a hero after splashdown saved every life on board,” WCBS New York’s “All Safe after Jet Ditches in NYC Hudson River,” and the Smoking Gun’s “The Hero of Flight 1549.”
Let us also not forget the valiant efforts of the flight crew, the rescue teams, and the passengers. It is a fine day when a disaster becomes an opportunity for heroism, competence, and success. Kudos to everyone involved!