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Old 03-13-2010, 03:09 PM   #61
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Flying is a lot more dramatic to non pilots than pilots. I have yet to talk to another pilot that thinks Sully is a hero. Most of the non pilots do.
I'd guess that, to most pilots, being complimented for an outstanding piece of flying is just as welcome as being called a hero. I think anyone would give Sully an A+ for airmanship. He'd clearly thought about the "what if's" well in advance, which all aviators are trained to do, but getting everything right at the moment of truth is what counts.

If safety investigators, with the luxury of hours of time and an A320 simulator, had determined that he could have made it to Teterboro instead of ditching in the Hudson, Sully would be a goat.

It helps that he's a solid, humble, and genuinely nice guy. He checked that everyone was off the jet, grabbed the maintenance log book (the flight's not over 'till the paperwork is done! ) and went out on the wing with everyone else. And I've never heard him speak that he didn't share the credit with every member of the crew, which is right. A class act, and so much different from the idols served up by Hollywood.
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:41 PM   #62
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If safety investigators, with the luxury of hours of time and an A320 simulator, had determined that he could have made it to Teterboro instead of ditching in the Hudson, Sully would be a goat.

It helps that he's a solid, humble, and genuinely nice guy. He checked that everyone was off the jet, grabbed the maintenance log book (the flight's not over 'till the paperwork is done! ) and went out on the wing with everyone else. And I've never heard him speak that he didn't share the credit with every member of the crew, which is right. A class act, and so much different from the idols served up by Hollywood.
I liked that next week he called the local library to find out about paying for the lost library book. It was in the cargo hull, the library waived the fine..
I also understand that when they crew and many passengers held a reunion a year latter they put up several items related to the flight on ebay and donated the money to Haiti relief.
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Sully is a class act for sure. And a great aviator. Far better than me.
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I am a year older than Sully and I keep asking my wife, "do I look that old?."
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I am a year older than Sully and I keep asking my wife, "do I look that old?."
I'm three years older than Sully and I keep asking my wife, "who are you again?".
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