Start your review of Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters Write a review Shelves: nonfiction , biography , autobiography Captain Chesley Sully Sullenberger has written with the help of Jeffrey Zaslow a very readable memoir that details not only the specifics of his memorable Hudson River landing of flight , but a very convincing explanation of how he was able to get it done. Captain Sullenberger - image from Time Magazine The books subtitle is My Search for What Really Matters, and while what Sullenberger reports may be aeronautical, it aint rocket science. It was a combination of his own talent as a pilot and thousands of hours piloting aircraft, years and years of studying airplane systems to understand what caused problems in the past, studying all the features of every plane he flew to understand what manuals could teach and what automated systems could and could not do, and an ability to rely on his knowledge and training to remain calm and focused in this life-threatening emergency. In other words he did all the prep, all the grunt work one needs to do in order to best perform his job.

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All people on board survived and were rescued by nearby boats. We were a team. But to have zero thrust coming out of those engines was shocking—the silence. And on January 15, the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.

Simulations performed at the Airbus Training Centre Europe in Toulouse showed that Flight could have made it back to LaGuardia had that maneuver begun immediately after the bird strike. However, such scenarios both neglected the time necessary for the pilots to understand and assess the situation, and risked the possibility of a crash within a densely populated area. President George W. Bush called Sullenberger to thank him for saving the lives of the passengers, [42] as did President-elect Barack Obama , [43] who also invited him and the crew to join the presidential inauguration ceremony.

When Sullenberger notified the library that the water-damaged book had been recovered, it made a point of waiving any late fees. His Giants jersey was inscribed with the name "Sully" and the number —a reference to the people aboard the plane.

Wikinews has related news: "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot retires On February 24, , Sullenberger testified before the U. Their salaries are so low that people with greater experience will not take those jobs. We have some carriers that have hired some pilots with only a few hundred hours of experience. Personal life[ edit ] Sullenberger is married to fitness instructor Lorraine "Lorrie" Sullenberger, [31] with whom he adopted [70] two daughters, [18] Kate and Kelly. He had been suffering from depression in the face of a long and difficult convalescence ahead of him.

He left no note. Vice President Joe Biden for the presidency. Sullenberger is also referred to in the romantic comedy film Friends with Benefits. Captain Sullenberger is not interviewed in the show, but is portrayed in reenactments by actor Christopher Britton.


Highest Duty

Add to basket Add to wishlist Description On January 15, , the world witnessed one of the most remarkable emergency landings in aviation history when Captain Chesley Sully Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight onto the surface of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all aboard. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. To Sullenberger, a calm, steady pilot with forty years of flying experience who is also a safety consulting expert, the landing was not a miracle but rather the result of years of practice and training-wisdom he gained in the cockpit of U. Air Force jets and in his Texas boyhood.


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