Hero of the Hudson; Captain “Sully” Sullenberger returning to the cockpit

USAir confirms Sully is in training to return to the cockpit. A return date is not set; his last flight was the fateful USAIR 1549. On that flight he dead-sticked an A-320 airliner safely onto the Hudson River. Captain Sullenberger’s book…

Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters

…is set for release in October. I wish him luck and welcome him to the Aviators/Authors club!

5 comments on “Hero of the Hudson; Captain “Sully” Sullenberger returning to the cockpit
  1. Rick says:

    Chip,
    This is not related to Sully, but did you see that German aircraft that landed with no main gear? It was a tremendous amount of metal to asphalt fire that was produced on that landing. I’m amazed it didn’t explode. Do you have an opinio why CFR wouldn’t have laid down foam for that plane? If he had a grass strip long enough he wouldn’t have had that risk factor going in. I wonder about the contingencies for an aircraft this large with a main gear problem. Would appreciate your insight into this issue. Thanks.

  2. Chip says:

    Rick;
    I didn’t see it, but will look for it. They stopped foaming runways years ago. FAA claimed it didn’t help. From a study done (related to me via training years ago) sparks are not the culprit in a post crash fire. Rupture of a wing tank and then the fuels atomization in the atmosphere is the danger. The study’s data showed that even if the runway is foamed, if a wing tank was compromised enough sparks were present to ignite the fuel.

    I’ll look for the study; it is old.

  3. Rick says:

    Chip,
    Thought you would find this interesting if you hadn’t seen it yet.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32879311/ns/world_news-europe/

  4. Rick says:

    More crazy news from the Hudson River event. This answers a lot of questions I’ve had. Pilot error in spades.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/hudson_radio_mixup_dpCc33CsvApMESPTZHJtON

  5. Chip says:

    Rick;
    It also explains why the air traffic controler and supervisor were suspended. The pilot read back the wrong frequency and it wasn’t caught. Apparently warnings were sent and not heard. It is sad, a bad accident.