Safety Reliability Methods, Inc. (SRM) founder Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III is a captain for US Airways, an author, and a lecturer. He has over 40 years of flying experience in both commercial and military aviation.
A former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Sully served as an instructor and Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) safety chairman, accident investigator and national technical committee member. He has participated in several USAF and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident investigations.
While primarily known by the public for the dramatic events surrounding US Airways Flight 1549 in January 2009, Sully has a decades-long history of technical and academic contributions to the field of aviation safety.
- Sully’s safety work with ALPA led to the development of a Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular.
- Working with National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists, Sully coauthored a paper on error inducing contexts in aviation.
- Sully was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Crew Resource Management (CRM) course used at his airline, and he has taught the course to hundreds of his colleagues.
Sully is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (B.S.), and holds masters degrees from both Purdue University and the University of Northern Colorado. He has spoken on panels at the High Reliability Organizations International Conference in Deauville, France in 2007.
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