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A320 Pilot Chesley Sullenberger’s Other Jobs: Accident Investigator and Safety Lecturer


There’s pilots, and then there’s Chesley Sullenberger.

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is being hailed as a hero for managing to ditch his US Airways A320 in the Hudson River, and rightly so, but his resume given the context of what has happened couldn’t be more appropriate.

Sullenberger started his career at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and he flew F-4s for seven years, before joining US Airways in 1980.

Along with his job as a pilot, Chesley Sullenberger is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for Catastrophic Risk Management. He also works as an accident investigator and founded a company focused on helping businesses improve safety.

Could you possibly ask for better qualifications?

According to new reports, even after the plane crashed, he left nothing to chance “As his passengers climbed onto ferry boats, he walked the entire plane, twice, making sure that no one was left behind” reported one witness.


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12 Responses to “A320 Pilot Chesley Sullenberger’s Other Jobs: Accident Investigator and Safety Lecturer”

  1. Diane

    Wow! When I first heard of a plane crash, I was so sad knowing there would be loss of life. This is one of the greatest FEEL GOOD stories I have ever heard. The pilot, crew, the police and fire rescue as well as all the boats that went to help. Wow! New York definitely deserves to have something so wonderful happen in their city. The true MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON will be if NO ONE sues anyone!
    God bless Chelsey Sullenberger – he certainly did his job above and beyond. I hope he gets some kind of recognition for this – he's definitely a HERO!

  2. Susanne Giraud

    What an amazing guy! My thoughts goes to him and his family, to digest this and all the passengers who – after all – must be rather traumatized. Well done and God bless.

  3. Anthony Gucciardo

    This Pilot should be given Millions of dollars from the rich in NYC. He is a hero and so is that entire flight crew. I am so happy everyone survived.

  4. Bud Weiser

    The weather was good, the area always has birds, one pair of crew eyes should always be scanning departure flight path for other aircraft, birds, baloons, helicpters and other traffic.Th was obviously not the case on this flight. I disagree with all the praise and would nail the crew for not watching for traffic.

  5. Fighter Pilot

    Sully was doing his job. Can you believe there are “think tanks” considering an unmanned commercial carrier? The pilots who fly these planes are highly qualified and ready for contingencies such as this one. I am a fighter pilot also, and have no desire to fly a commercial aircraft. However, I have great respect for those who do. “Underworked and overpaid”, I have heard. REALLY? Is Sully overpaid? Hardly. He has taken MAJOR pay cuts to keep his company alive, like many other airline pilots. Remember, everytime you fly…your life is in the hands of a highly qualified aviator. Underpaid? You be the judge.

  6. Fighter Pilot

    You are clearly not a pilot, rather a critic. Your input is as frivolous as any lawsuit pertaining to this matter.

  7. Bud Weiser

    While taxiing at London 's Gatwick Airport , the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft. Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727. An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew, screaming:
    'US Air 2771, where the hell are you going? I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it's difficult for you to tell the difference between C and D, but get it right!'

    Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically: 'God! Now you've screwed everything up! It'll take forever to sort this out! You stay right there and don't move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour, and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you! You got that, US Air 2771?'

    'Yes, ma'am,' the humbled crew responded.

    Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly silent after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to chance engagin g the irate ground controller in her current state of mind. Tension in every cockpit out around Gatwick was definitely running high. Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone, asking:
    'Wasn't I married to you once?'

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