Sully is an awesome pilot and a true American hero

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Many of you know that I have over 1000 hours of seaplane time, having owned and flown ten Lake Amphibians over the years. I always felt safer flying a seaplane as I usually had a runway(body of water) always within gliding distance……but Sully landed a huge jet – that is clearly not meant to land on the water like a seaplane is.  I can appreciate the incredible skill that it took for Sully to be able to land that AirBus A320 so perfectly in the Hudson River……unreal! There are so many variables on the water – waves, boat wakes, debris, other watercraft; never mind landing a massive 82 ton Airbus jet so perfectly without power. We sold many Lake Amphibians to airline pilots around the world. Sully will have to attend the annual international Seaplane Championship in Greenville, ME, which is held the weekend after Labor Day every fall. In 1983,  I won the Slalom Championship there in my Lake Amphibian.
 

Here’s a bit about Sully:

Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III is a captain for US Air 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 theUniversity of California, Berkeley.

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This is a photo of a Lake Amphibian – world’s safest single engine airplane in my view

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