January 30, 2014 - Jeff Skiles' January 16 multimedia presentation about the Miracle on the Hudson commemorating the five-year anniversary of the event is now available online at Wisconsin Public Television's University Place.
Skiles, EAA vice president of communities and member programs, was first officer in the US Airways Flight 1549 Airbus A320 captained by Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger on January 15, 2009. He recounted step-by-step the events leading to the forced emergency ditching on the Hudson after a flock of geese crossed paths with the airplane, knocking out both engines.
Skiles and Sully's efforts were called heroic as the aircraft landed perfectly on the water and all 155 souls aboard survived. The presentation, which had hundreds of attendees riveted at the museum's Founders' Wing, was recorded by Wisconsin Public Television for use on its University Place website.
University Place also features several other EAA presentations and is also slated to cover upcoming EAA Aviation Adventure Speaker Series on February 20, March 20, and May 15. Also see The Open Source Aircraft Project, Roadable Aircraft Technology, and All Electric Lindbergh Flight.