Tuesday, January 20, 2009

US Airways Captain Sullenberger Honored by the Seaplane Pilots Association

Seaplane Pilots AssociationThe Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA) is honoring US Airways Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, the pilot in command of the A320 that was successfully ditched in New York's Hudson River last week, by awarding him a lifetime membership in the Association. The SPA lifetime membership was awarded to Sully "in recognition for his extraordinary airmanship, seamanship, and decision-making, saving hundreds of lives in his emergency landing."

In addition to his ATPL, Capt. Sullenberger is an experienced glider pilot, and also flew fighters in the U.S. Air Force during his early career. Now he will have an opportunity to qualify as seaplane pilot as well. Jack Brown's Seaplane Base, in Winter Haven, FL, has offered Capt. Sullenberger a complimentary seaplane rating course. Jon Brown promised Capt. Sullenberger that he would enjoy his future water landings much more than his first!