Captain Chesley Sullenberger
When did Captain Sullenberger finish training?
Captain Sullenberger completed his requalification training on September 11, 2009.
Why has Captain Sullenberger taken longer to come back to work that First Officer Skiles?
We are giving the crew the time they need to decide what’s right for their futures. They are making their own decisions about when it’s right for them to come back to work.
Can you tell us more about Captain Sullenberger’s new position with US Airways?
Captain Sullenberger is returning to work at US Airways in a new role as a management pilot. In addition to his flying duties, Captain Sullenberger will join the airline's flight operations safety management team. US Airways is an industry leader in the implementation of the FAA's Safety Management System which is designed to help airlines better assess potential risks and act to mitigate them. Captain Sullenberger will be supporting this effort.
What is involved in training when a pilot has been off work for a while?
Captain Sullenberger and First Officer Skiles were required to attend recurrent ground school and simulator training and train to proficiency. Initial Operating Experience (IOE) training - line flying with a Captain from the training department - was also required for both.
We’ve heard Captain Sullenberger is writing a book. When does it come out?
We have heard the book will be released in October but please check with the publisher,
HarperCollins/William Morrow, or Alex Clemens, Captain Sullenberger's PR representative.