"The facts tell us what to do and how to do it, but it is our humanity that tells us that we must do something and why we must do it." - Sully Sullenberger
Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety for his entire adult life. While he is best known for serving as Captain during what has been dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sullenberger is an aviation safety expert and accident investigator, serves as a CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert, and is the founder and chief executive officer of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., a company dedicated to management, safety, performance, and reliability consulting.
Born and raised in Denison, Texas, Sullenberger pursued his childhood love of aviation at the United States Air Force Academy. In his graduation year at the academy, he received the Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship Award. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in psychology, he also has two master’s degrees, one in industrial psychology from Purdue University and one in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He also has an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Purdue University.
Upon graduation from the Academy, Sullenberger served as a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force from 1975 to 1980. He advanced to become a flight leader and a training officer, attaining the rank of captain. During his active duty, he was stationed in North America and Europe. After serving in the Air Force, Sullenberger became an airline pilot with Pacific Southwest Airlines, later acquired by US Airways, until his retirement in March 2010.
Prior to gaining worldwide attention, Sullenberger was an active and ardent safety advocate throughout his four-decade-long 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 investigation. Additionally, Sullenberger served as a Local Air Safety Chairman for ALPA, and was a member of one of their national technical committees, where he contributed to the creation of a Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular. He was also instrumental in developing and implementing the Crew Resource Management course used by US Airways, and he has taught the course to hundreds of other airline crewmembers.
After logging more than 20,000 hours of flight time Sullenberger became internationally renowned on January 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River. The Airbus A320’s two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. Sullenberger and his crew received international acclaim for their actions that day, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery. Sullenberger was ranked second in Time’s “Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009” and was awarded the French Legion of Honor.
Since his retirement from US Airways, Sullenberger was named co-chairman of the EAA Young Eagles — a program that inspires and educates youth about aviation. He has become the New York Times best-selling author of “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters” and also wrote “Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America’s Leaders.” He is an international lecturer and keynote speaker at educational institutions, corporations and non-profit organizations about the importance of aviation and patient safety, crisis management, life-long preparation, leadership, and living a life of integrity. In collaboration with DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Sullenberger developed and was featured in a multi-award winning video training program, Miracle on the Hudson: Prepare for Safety, which helps employees increase their commitment to safety and transform their organizations’ safety culture. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Patient Safety and a member of the Greenlight Group, a team of world class experts supporting a number of global healthcare research and development initiatives. The programs are ideally suited to put Sullenberger’s expertise in safety and knowledge of high performance systems improvement to work saving lives, saving money, and bringing value to communities.
Sullenberger is married to fitness expert and television personality Lorrie Sullenberger. The couple and their two daughters reside in Danville, CA.
In February 2013, Captain Sully partnered with the acclaimed Swiss watchmaker JEANRICHARD for its “Philosophy of Life” campaign. JEANRICHARD’s partnership with Captain Sully is founded on the authentic synergy between the brand’s core philosophy and dedication to those driven to do extraordinary things. While on one hand people will say that time is money, JEANRICHARD says that time is the art of living a philosophy of life. Sully embodies this philosophy through his dedication to the pursuit of safety and raising awareness about important issues. To view his blog about this partnership, click the following link: http://www.jeanrichard.com/en/news/capt-sully-s-blog-113/108/
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