Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III has been a pilot with US Airways since 1980. 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.
Captain Sullenberger possesses an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) which is the highest level of commercial pilot certification. With more than 40 years of flying experience and 19,000 hours of flight time, Captain Sullenberger is among the most qualified airline pilots in the world. He currently flies the Airbus 320 family of aircraft, and has flown as 'pilot in command' on various commercial jets operated by US Airways including the MD80, BAe146 and Boeing 737. He has also served as a Check Airman where his responsibilities included administering FAA mandated checks to other US Airways Captains and First Officers and was instrumental in developing and implementing the Crew Resource Management course that is used by US Airways.
Prior to joining US Airways, Captain Sullenberger flew F-4 Phantoms in the United Stated Air Force. Captain Sullenberger is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. with a Bachelor's Degree in psychology and possesses two Master's degrees: one from Purdue University in industrial psychology and a second from the University of Northern Colorado in public administration. He is married and has two daughters.