Tue, May 04, 2010
He Certainly Could Be Considered An Authoritative Speaker On
So imagine you're on the panel selecting a keynote speaker for
the American Association of Airport Executives' (AAAE) Bird Strike
Conference, slated for June 21-24 in Salt Lake City. How many names
do you have to kick around before you arrive at Jeffrey Skiles?
Well, no matter how many names they considered, Bird Strike
Committee USA said Monday that US Airways First Officer Jeffrey
Skiles (pictured) will be the keynote speaker at the opening
session on Tuesday, June 22. As the First Officer on US Airways
Flight 1549, Jeffrey Skiles played an indispensable role ensuring
the safe and miraculous landing of an A320 aircraft in the Hudson
River after a catastrophic bird strike with Canada geese. Skiles
will talk about that unforgettable day and the training,
preparedness and teamwork that saved everyone's lives.
The son of two pilots, First Officer Jeff Skiles started flying
at the age of 16 and to date has logged more than 15,000 hours in
the sky. His early days were spent flying with his father over the
Alcan Highway to Alaska. He went on to become a flight instructor,
flew cargo and later worked for a commuter airline.
First Officer Skiles has a Bachelor of Science degree in geology
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has spent the last 23
years as a First Officer and Captain for US Airways. He also is the
Vice President of the Coalition of Airline Pilot's
First Officer Skiles calls Oregon, Wisconsin home where he lives
with his wife and three children.
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