HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Miracle on the Hudson it's been called. An emergency landing caught on tape, as U.S. Airways flight 1549 was safely "put down" on New York city's Hudson river on January 15th, 2009.
The world was instantly captivated by the man who flawlessly piloted the Airbus a320 and saved 155 lives including his own.
Since then, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger has been hired by CBS as an aviation expert and continues to advocate safety and fundamental skills in piloting saying, "We have to continue to make investments in not only our equipment, not only our training, not only our systems but the people we fly."
Sullenberger was in Honolulu for a speaking engagement at the American Association of Orthodondists convention and also has a new book, "Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America's Leaders." One of the leaders he highlights in it is Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth, former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
"I know she's well known in the islands here and amazing story of courage, badly wounded in Iraq after her helicopter got shot down, but she doesn't let that stand in her way. That is one of many other stories of courage we have in this book and I think it will resonate with people." Sullenberger told Hawaii News Now.
He says he focused on leaders whose stories are grander than their positions in life.
"We have people all around us. They may not have an official title or a big position, but through their actions and their values they exude leadership." He continued to say, "The takeaway is that we can find one or two things that we can use tomorrow to make our lives and our family's lives better at work and at home."
Sullenberger's book is scheduled for a May 29th release.