‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger to Address NBAA2015

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, dhubbard@nbaa.org

Washington, DC, Sept. 30, 2015 ­– Hailed as a hero after successfully landing his crippled Airbus in New York’s Hudson River and saving all passengers on board, retired US Airways Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III will be a featured speaker during the second-day Opening General Session at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015), taking place Nov. 17 to 19 in Las Vegas, NV.

Sullenberger, along with his first officer, Jeffrey Skiles, effected a remarkable engine-out water landing in the river on Jan. 15, 2009, after the Airbus 320-200 suffered multiple bird strikes that disabled both power plants. They engineered the water landing so perfectly that all of the 155 passengers and crew survived, and the incident became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators awarded the Master’s Medal to Sullenberger, Skiles and the rest of the Flight 1549 crew for their efforts.

“We’ve asked Capt. Sullenberger to speak about the relevance of the 2009 water landing, about the significance of that in terms of aviation safety, about leadership, professionalism and preparedness training,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We’re very excited to have this living legend with us at this year’s convention.”

The Nov. 18 appearance at NBAA’s 2015 convention marks the second time Sullenberger has spoken at an NBAA event. In 2010, Sullenberger spoke at NBAA’s Leadership Conference in San Diego. CA.

A 20,000-hour pilot, Sullenberger dedicated his career to aviation safety long before the 2009 incident. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Sullenberger served as a fighter pilot for the U.S. Air Force from 1975 to 1980. He advanced to become a flight leader and a training officer, attaining the rank of captain.

Prior to gaining worldwide attention, Sullenberger was an active and ardent safety advocate throughout his career. He was selected to perform accident investigation duties for the United States Air Force, and served as an Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) representative during a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation. Additionally, Sullenberger served as a local air safety chairman for ALPA, and was a member of one of its national technical committees, where he contributed to the creation of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular.

Sullenberger also helped design US Airways’ CRM course, teaching it to hundreds of other airline crewmembers before his retirement.

As the most important business aviation event of the year, NBAA2015 offers attendees an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the latest issues affecting the industry. And as the largest gathering of the industry in the world, NBAA2015 is the best place to review the latest business aviation products, technology and services, while participating in dozens of education sessions and making side-by-side comparisons of the most innovative aircraft on static display.

NBAA2015 will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with two aircraft displays – an indoor one, on the exhibit floor of the convention center, and an outdoor display at Henderson Executive Airport (HND).

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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