Sullenberger, Skiles Will Share Their Story With Fellow
The cockpit crew from US Airways Flight 1549, involved in one of
the most riveting aviation events in recent years, will share their
experiences at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, held at Wittman
Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 27-August 2.
On January 15, 2009, the nation and world were captivated when
Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles
successfully executed an emergency landing of an Airbus A320
airliner in the Hudson River in New York City. The leadership and
skills from all the flight's personnel saved 155 people aboard the
airplane that day.
"These two pilots have told their story to the world since the
remarkable events of January 15th, but at EAA AirVenture they'll
have the opportunity to talk in-person with fellow aviators on how
their training, planning and airmanship skills were tested," said
Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman and president, as well as AirVenture
chairman. "There is perhaps no place better than Oshkosh where an
audience would understand the decision-making process that took
place in the cockpit that day and learn the lessons from these two
pilots' experiences. We eagerly look forward to welcoming them to
'aviation's family reunion' at Oshkosh this summer."
Sullenberger and Skiles will be featured in a Theater in the
Woods evening program hosted by longtime TV personality David
Hartman on Friday, July 31, and also at other venues during the
Capt. Sullenberger has nearly 20,000 flight hours logged, and
began his airline career with PSA Airlines in 1980. He also served
in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of captain, and has been
a flight instructor, accident investigator and national
technical-committee member during his career.
Skiles has more than 20,000 flight hours and began his career
with US Airways in 1986. The Oregon, WI resident is also a regular
AirVenture attendee, as he began attending the EAA fly-in
convention with his parents -- also pilots -- when it was in
Rockford, IL in the 1960s.