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Young Eagle Co-Chair Flies A380 With Fellow EAA Member

Eugene Balogh
EAA Young Eagles Co-Chair Jeff Skiles with Airbus Test Pilot, EAA member Terry Lutz, aloft in the A380.

Eugene Balogh
 Jeff Skiles in the left-seat of the Airbus A380.

October 8, 2009 — A week after taking the job as co-chair of EAA’s Young Eagles program, then reuniting with fellow co-chair Sully Sullenberger on a US Airways flight, Jeff Skiles (EAA 336120) still has time to have fun. Skiles was in Toulouse, France, at Airbus headquarters where he flew the Airbus A380 with test pilot and fellow EAA member Terry Lutz (EAA 69308). Skiles is already familiar with the Airbus brand since he flies the A320, but who wouldn’t want to fly the largest passenger airplane in the world?

In a letter to EAA President Tom Poberezny, Lutz reported that he and Skiles flew the same show-stopping A380 that Lutz and Claude Lelaie brought to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this past summer. Skiles also shared with Lutz some of his personal insights into his and Sully’s landing of the A320 in the Hudson River on January 15 this year.

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