An Interview with Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger
About the Author: Captain Chesley Sullenberger is an American airline transport pilot (ATP), aviation safety expert and accident investigator, best-selling author, speaker and consultant. Sullenberger gained fame when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549, which had been disabled by striking a flock of Canada Geese during its initial climb out, in the Hudson River off Manhattan, New York City, on January 15, 2009. All of the 155 passengers and crew aboard the aircraft survived. (More)
Captain Sullenberger is interviewed at the Commonwealth Club in May, 2012. He discusses the state of flight training through the experience of his near disaster on the Hudson River. Sullenberger says that pilot training has been cut to basic air regulation mandates, and aviators aren’t taught every flight scenario, including a water landing.