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skiandsurf

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I was flying this week and over heard a conversation on 123.45 between a USAir pilot and a UAL pilot.

Basically, the USAir pilot wanted to thank the UAL pilots for treating the Hudson FO (Skiles ?) like a VIP. Apparently, Skiles commutes on UAL through ORD, and on his way home, through ORD, a UAL ALPA volunteer met Skiles at the gate and .....this is where it got broken up.....but either had a heros welcome, or welcome banner, or something.....but whatever it was, the UAL ALPA took the time to thank him and acknowledge him for a great job and let him know he is not forgotten.

The USAir pilots thanked the UAL pilots, and away they went.

I just thought it was a class act by UAL pilots, as well the USAir pilots, and thought I would share this to all of you.
 

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Good to hear....but the flamers on here won't give much credit to anything positive at United.
 

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Class act. There are good people at every company, just not always at the top.
 

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Kudos to the UAL guys,

I have overall had nothing but exceptional experiences with the pilot group.

Regards,

AA
 

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If true, a really honorable act by the UAL pilot group. I sincerely hope it is true and gets a little publicity.
 

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Co-Pilot in Crash-Landing Thanks Union

  • <LI class=byline>ByTed Reed, TheStreet.com Staff Reporter
  • Monday January 19, 2009, 4:21 pm EST
Updated from 2:44 p.m. EST
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In the first public statement from a pilot of US Airways flight 1549, first officer Jeff Skiles has thanked his union for assisting him in the aftermath of the flight's emergency landing on the Hudson River on Thursday.
"You all need to know that when you are at the weakest, most vulnerable time of your airline career, USAPA will be there to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you," Skiles said in a letter to fellow members of the U.S. Airline Pilots Association. A copy of the letter was obtained by TheStreet.com.
"I have incurred a debt to these people that can never be repaid. I can only say thank you, and tell you that you have made a difference in my life," wrote Skiles, 49, who joined US Airways in 1986.
Skiles handled the takeoff and was at the controls when the birds flew into the engine of the Airbus A320. At that point, he handed the flying off to the captain, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. "Your aircraft," said Skiles, according to the cockpit voice recorder. Then, with Sullenberger at the controls, Skiles attempted to restart the engines and began working through emergency landing procedures.


"On Thursday, many of fellow union members dropped everything, postponed their lives and rushed to New York to aid Sully, Donna, Sheila, Doreen and me in our time of greatest need," Skiles wrote, referring to Sullenberger and the three veteran flight attendants: Donna Dent, Shelia Dail and Doreen Welsh. All three have at least 26 years experience with US Airways: Welsh has 38 years experience.
"Before we even left the ferry dock where the boats dropped us off, Dan Britt (La Guardia vice chairman) was on the scene coordinating with the police," he wrote.


At the hospital, Skiles wrote, three union leaders and the USAPA attorney arrived to help out, and later, at the hotel, the union accident investigation team arrived quickly. Skiles personally thanks a dozen union leaders. One was by his side through his entire interview with the National Transportation Safety Board, he writes.
Additionally, a representative of the Air Line Pilots Association from Unitedrepresentative greeted his plane in Chicago and offered to drive Skiles wherever he needed to go. Last year, USAPA replaced ALPA, which has represented US Airways pilots since 1951, in a bitter union election.
Additionally, despite the conflict, shortly after the crash landing, union president Steve Bradford "received a personal email from ALPA president John Prater offering assistance and expressing concern for the well-being of our crew," according to a letter USAPA sent to its members.


In his letter, Skiles noted that so much had occurred following the accident that by Friday, he though the accident had occurred three or four days earlier.
"It was on the second day when I made a comment to Valerie Wells (a fellow pilot and USAPA committee member) about the accident being three or four days ago. She said, 'What do you mean? It was just yesterday afternoon.' The enormity of the USAPA effort had made me lose track of time. It hit me then. I looked around and realized that these people, all of them, had set aside their lives to rush to my aid.
"They didn't have to do this. They didn't want to spend their days in the LGA Marriott investigating an accident. They all dropped what they were doing and postponed their lives to help me," Skiles wrote. "I cannot tell you how deeply, deeply moved I am by this and how eternally grateful I am to each and every one of them."
 

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In my experience UAL is the only pilot group which consistently tries to get offline jumpseaters in first class. I have commuted for years and I can't think of any other airline where the captains routinely care whether or not you end up in a middle seat in coach or the empty one up in first. Obviously beggars can't be choosers but it's nice to see crews go out of there way to put jumpseaters in a comfortable seat while heading to or from work.....
 

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USair didn't buy him a ticket home? Kind of a "Thanks for saving the airline" type of thing.
 

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I was flying this week and over heard a conversation on 123.45 between a USAir pilot and a UAL pilot.

Basically, the USAir pilot wanted to thank the UAL pilots for treating the Hudson FO (Skiles ?) like a VIP. Apparently, Skiles commutes on UAL through ORD, and on his way home, through ORD, a UAL ALPA volunteer met Skiles at the gate and .....this is where it got broken up.....but either had a heros welcome, or welcome banner, or something.....but whatever it was, the UAL ALPA took the time to thank him and acknowledge him for a great job and let him know he is not forgotten.

The USAir pilots thanked the UAL pilots, and away they went.

I just thought it was a class act by UAL pilots, as well the USAir pilots, and thought I would share this to all of you.

It's great to hear stories positively reflecting the fraternity of our industry. Hats off to the UAL folks for their professional hospitality.

Living in domicile, I have had very few opportunities to jump seat, but each time I have I have been warmly welcomed by the crew (if not always by the gate agents) and have come away from the experience reminded of the professional brotherhood we share. I'm heartened to read stories such as this and hope it always continues.

BBB
 

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........and the winner for the 2009 ALPA safety award after a mishap in 2009 goes to these guys-- i mean really , why even have any other applicants--- they should start reserving their hotel rooms for the awards banquet!!. and usair isnt even alpa anymore-- this will prob be a first a non-alpa crew that wins the award-- anyone know of this happening previously?

nice job homies!!!
 

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Often an accident shows everything that is wrong with this industry...but every now and then, maybe that one time in a hundred, it shows everything that is right.
 

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support us when we strike

I sure will!!!!!!! Ive never had a bad experience with a United crew.Wether it ben in the airport,jumpseat, or hotel van. They have all treated me with respect. i remember I was jump seating from LAX to JFK..

Me: Hey guys I'm "insert name* with MESA. I'm wondering If I can catch a ride you you folks today

Capt: Sure! anytime! What equipment are you on?

Me: Embraer 145.

Capt: So I take it you don't want to take this Leg?!?!


Me: Ha ha one day..one day

Capt: If there is a open seat in 1st class take one

*full sleeper seats on a 757*

Me: Thanks guys I appreciate it


I wouldn't mind working there in the future
 
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