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US Airways Flight Immortalized with Special Approach Chart from Jeppesen

Sully and Skiles
First Officer Jeffrey Skiles and Captain Chesley Sullenberger receive specially designed approach charts and engraved Jeppesen chart binders during the 2010 Gathering of Eagles fundraiser dinner. Photo by Steve Cukierski

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September 9, 2010 — Jeppesen, known in the aviation industry as the worldwide leader in navigation and charting services, recently presented Miracle on the Hudson pilots Captain Chesley Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles with a specially designed approach chart and engraved Jeppesen chart binders to commemorate the remarkable ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. The items were presented by Mark Van Tine, Jeppesen president and CEO, during the 2010 Gathering of Eagles fundraiser dinner and auction held during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Entitled Hudson Miracle APCH, the one-of-a-kind chart includes several lighthearted notations that honor the famous water landing that saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew on board the flight disabled by bird strikes. In the “briefing strip” section of the chart, instructions include: “After water landing, oversee evacuation of ALL SOULS from airplane. Float via HUDSON RIVER to RESCUE point. Once everyone is SAFE aboard rescue boats, secure passenger list and double check cabin. Captain is last to exit. Give THANKS.”

The chart documents the historic five-minute flight with a unique graphic, beginning with departure from LaGuardia Airport, followed by a “Cooked Goose Transition” point and “Hudson River Approach,” which is then followed by “Splash” and “Rescue” points on the water. The humorous chart also salutes the career achievements of the crew of Flight 1549, including Sullenberger, Skiles, and veteran flight attendants Sheila Dail, Donna Dent, and Doreen Welsh.

The pilots were presented with a special Jeppesen chart binder, engraved with the famous fortune cookie advice kept in Sullenberger’s flight bag: “A delay is better than a disaster.”

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