The pilot credited with "The Miracle on the Hudson", Capt. Sullenberger, is one cool cat. We all have seen him on television lately - the Super Bowl, news programs, getting the keys to the city of New York, etc. But imagine for a moment that you are piloting an aircraft which has a gross takeoff weight of
169,750lb and you fly through a flock of birds (probably geese) losing power in both engines while responsible for the safety and well being of 155 souls. I don't know about you, but my guess is that my heart would beat a bit faster and my mind would be wound up tighter than a drum. Well, take a few moments and listen to the tower tapes:
As you listen you will find how professional not only the pilots were, but the air traffic controllers as well. Think how they must have felt as they helplessly waited to see what happened to this aircraft, the passengers and the crew.
If you ever wondered how a REAL professional pilot behaves, then this tape should give you great confidence in the men and women who navigate the airways of the world. On 60 Minutes Sullenberger is asked what was going through his mind while this was happening ... His answer - "I can't believe this is happening.. this doesn't happen to me." Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7
To invent a plane is nothing. To build one is something. To fly is everything. -- Otto Lilienthal