Friday, January 16, 2009

A Hero Is More Than A Sandwich

I found out some things about Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, III according to his own website, Safety Reliability Methods, Inc. Check this out...

SRM Founder Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III is a captain for a major U.S. airline with over 40 years of flying experience. A former U.S. Air Force (USAF) fighter pilot, he has served as an instructor and Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) safety chairman, accident investigator and national technical committee member. He has participated in several USAF and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident investigations. His ALPA safety work led to the development of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular. Working with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists, he coauthored a paper on error inducing contexts in aviation. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Crew Resource Management (CRM) course used at his airline and has taught the course to hundreds of his colleagues. Sully is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S.), Purdue University (M.S.) and the University of Northern Colorado (M.A.). He was a speaker on two panels at the High Reliability Organizations (HRO) 2007 International Conference in Deauville, France May 29-31, 2007. He has just been named a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Yeah, he was ready for something like this and not one person was seriously hurt on his watch. "Sully" not only helped the folks on that plane, but also America which really needed a major boost to get us all ready for January 20 to stand up and be proud. All Mr. Sullenberger did to help was his job to get the passengers to safety, which he did and then some. I think the country owes the man a debt of gratitude for simply doing the best job possible and reminding everyone what a hero should be. He needs even more than just a medal. He needs a "thank you".

Now if you shall excuse me, I hear a cat in a tree. The Fickle Fat Fudge Fiend Strikes again!

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