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  • Sully is retiring

    He deserves it, but I hate to see another great pilot leaving the industry.

    http://cbs11tv.com/watercooler/chesl...2.1533873.html
    I do work for a domestic US airline, and it should be noted that I do not represent such airline, or any airline. My opinions are mine alone, and aren't reflective of anything but my own knowledge, or what I am trying to learn. At no time will I discuss my specific airline, internal policies, or any such info.

  • #2
    Watch him take a nice cushy job as an aviation reporter or consultant for one of the TV networks. He can write his own ticket for whatever he wants I would bet. Good for him.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Deadstick View Post
      Watch him take a nice cushy job as an aviation reporter or consultant for one of the TV networks. He can write his own ticket for whatever he wants I would bet. Good for him.
      I was hoping more along the lines of some sort of instructor so he can pass on his knowledge to future generations of pilots.

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      • #4
        Congrats to Sully for a job well done! I've checked out his book from the library, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. In viewing the coverage of his last flight, I see US still hasn't repainted all the planes some 4 (4 1/2?) years after the new color scheme was introduced.

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        • #5
          There is a HUGE difference between Sully and his military background and the latest crop of civil trained pilots.

          Both groups are quite capable of flying an airplane but the difference is a bit like advanced drivers ( Sully ) and new licence holders. Advanced drivers have that little bit of necessary "I know what to do without getting out the manual first" experience.

          I wish him well for his future...he's earned it.
          If it 'ain't broken........ Don't try to mend it !

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          • #6
            Since he still had 6 years for mandatory retirement, I wonder how the accident influenced this decision.

            On another not, he is not completely leaving the industry really:

            Sullenberger plans to spend more time with his family in retirement. He will also continue to talk to lawmakers about raising minimum qualifications for pilots and work to lower the maximum number of hours pilots are able to work in a single day

            --- Judge what is said by the merits of what is said, not by the credentials of who said it. ---
            --- Defend what you say with arguments, not by imposing your credentials ---

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            • #7
              Saw him making a statement on TV, he said he expected the hullaballoo about his landing to be over by now, but it is still absorbing his time, so he felt it better to give up flying for something that left him more free time.

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              • #8
                next stop...politics

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by brianw999 View Post
                  There is a HUGE difference between Sully and his military background and the latest crop of civil trained pilots.

                  Both groups are quite capable of flying an airplane but the difference is a bit like advanced drivers ( Sully ) and new licence holders. Advanced drivers have that little bit of necessary "I know what to do without getting out the manual first" experience.

                  I wish him well for his future...he's earned it.


                  Actually the main difference between him and most other guys flying the line with similar experience, and the main reason why he handled that incredible situation given to him so well, is that he is, by all accounts, an expert glider pilot.

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                  • #10
                    Here's the rather touching send-off for Cactus 1167 (Sully's last flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)

                    First contact 10 minutes in, last contact 18 minutes.

                    Goodbye, Captain!


                    Foundation Course in Aviation Engineering on-going; Stage One of the journey to professional engineer!

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                    • #11
                      ^^^^
                      That actually brought a lump to my throat.
                      If it 'ain't broken........ Don't try to mend it !

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                      • #12
                        He retired because he can make alot more money with speaking engagements than he can with flying. He gets $60k per speech.

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