What if Capt. Sully was at a regional?

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I'm thinking something like.....these regional pilots are dangerous....with their inexperience, they forget one of the most basic jobs in piloting.... to keep an eye outside the cockpit for other traffic...either man-made or biological.

Something along those lines from the "big" pilots.
 

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Goose vs. RJ

If a goose were to ever hit an itty bitty RJ....

RJ breaks apart while goose safely glides down to the river unharmed.
 

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How would the perception of the accident have changed?
I think the only reason Sully got the praise he got was because the media found out his name and website; saw his background consisting as a former fighter pilot, having assisted the NTSB in accident investigations, has his own company involving aviation safety and his picture that showed a grey mustached old man who had that air of wisdom and experience. It just wouldn't have the same public effect if it was some young guy who looks like they barely reached pubity. I know this may get me in trouble now, but I bet if it was some young regional chick Captain that saved the day, you bet she'd be made into a star too.
 

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If a goose were to ever hit an itty bitty RJ....

RJ breaks apart while goose safely glides down to the river unharmed.
Nah.......I took out three of the Canadian variety and didn't even know it until we got on the ground...........
 

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The pilot would be Jr Manned to taxi a couple of planes around JFK and never get his pay straightened out for the extra work. He would also be responsible for a new headset, manuals, flight kit, suitcase and uniform. Any missed days of work would come out of sick time or vacation and if he missed the bid he might have to sit reserve the next month making him miss his brother's wedding where he is the best man. He would then get dumped by his girlfriend who he had recently purchased a diamond ring for, which happened to be in his flight bag, and go into default for his student loans due to loss of pay and making payments on the uninsured ring which is now sitting on the bottom of the Hudson.

With Bankruptcy looming he moves back into his parents house and gets a second job as a Pizza Hut delivery driver where he is robbed and shot fatally over a discrepancy on the toppings ordered on a Meat Lover's Supreme Pizza and $20 cash (two fives and ten ones).
 

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Oh ya. The following questions are included in the press conference.
"When do you plan on applying to a BIG airline?"
"What route do you fly?"
"When will you get your BIG plane license?"
"Where you scared?"
 

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A Dash's propellors woulda chopped em up into goose salad and it woulda kept on truckin.
 

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Last I heard, an AD has been issued, and all geese have been grounded, pending inspection of wings...
 

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I think the only reason Sully got the praise he got was because the media found out his name and website; saw his background consisting as a former fighter pilot, having assisted the NTSB in accident investigations, has his own company involving aviation safety and his picture that showed a grey mustached old man who had that air of wisdom and experience. It just wouldn't have the same public effect if it was some young guy who looks like they barely reached pubity. I know this may get me in trouble now, but I bet if it was some young regional chick Captain that saved the day, you bet she'd be made into a star too.
Granted the outcome was completely opposite, but the only other accident where I can remember the pilot getting their picture on the news so fast was the Mesa Beech in Charlotte.
 

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How would the perception of the accident have changed?
Then you would not have had to feed your insecurities about being a regional pilot with "what ifs..." Ohhhh snap!

Good post Erlanger, did you read it or come up with it on your own? ;)
 

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What if he went to Riddle and had a sweet myspace page?
 

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A regional pilot would have probably been called lucky, then stories would have been done to highlight the dangers of regional airplanes. This would most definately been true had a turboprop been involved.
 

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A Dash's propellors woulda chopped em up into goose salad and it woulda kept on truckin.
In a SAAB you would have plucked it out of the birdcatcher and be set for a Christmas goose dinner.

Oh and UAREFLYINGME?!...Well done.
 

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Actually, whether he was a mainline pilot or a regional pilot, his experience and professionalism counted in the matters pertaining to both the successful ditching and how he managed the attention brought upon him after the event. His experience was a composite of military training, his airline training, his interest and exposure to safety issues through his volunteer work with ALPA in addition to his professional business activites, and his personal demeanor. With alot of luck and his and his fellow crewmember's actions, there were no fatalities resulting in an outcome of a crisis that could not have culminated in better circumstances.

Listen to his comments made at his hometown celebration on National News. It was refreshing to have this type of reporting made regarding our Profession as opposed to the case of another pilot caught going through security under the influence. He made me and others proud to be an Airline Pilot--irregardless of the number of seats or the size of the airplane we fly!

Why does anyone need to develop hypotheticals that create meaningless debate and dialogue that diminish the outcome in this miracle? This man is the consummate Professional Pilot. Maybe, as his peers and fellow Professionals, our time would be better spent in striving to achieve the same level of Professionalism and humbleness that he has exhibited!
 
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Actually, whether he was a mainline pilot or a regional pilot, his experience and professionalism counted in the matters pertaining to both the successful ditching and how he managed the attention brought upon him after the event. His experience was a composite of military training, his airline training, his interest and exposure to safety issues through his volunteer work with ALPA in addition to his professional business activites, and his personal demeanor. With alot of luck and his and his fellow crewmember's actions, there were no fatalities resulting in an outcome of a crisis that could not have culminated in better circumstances.

Listen to his comments made at his hometown celebration on National News. It was refreshing to have this type of reporting made regarding our Profession as opposed to the case of another pilot caught going through security under the influence. He made me and others proud to be an Airline Pilot--irregardless of the number of seats or the size of the airplane we fly!

Why does anyone need to develop hypotheticals that create meaningless debate and dialogue that diminish the outcome in this miracle? This man is the consummate Professional Pilot. Maybe, as his peers and fellow Professionals, our time would be better spent in striving to achieve the same level of Professionalism and humbleness that he has exhibited!
Well said. In answer to your question. I think it's called an inferiority complex.
 

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Well said. In answer to your question. I think it's called an inferiority complex.
Speedtape makes some excellent points, but there's no denying that if you don't have gray hair and fly a Boeing or an Airbus, your own grandmother is afraid to fly with you, and everyone wants to know when you're going to fly for a real airline. No matter how professionally you behave. I think a majority of us have Capt Sully's professionalism, but that's just the way it is.
 
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