on Hudson’ crewman
 to speak

GREENWOOD – Jeff Skiles was a first officer on US Airways Flight 1549 when it miraculously landed on the Hudson River in 2009.

Skiles, the newly appointed vice president of chapters and youth education for the Experimental Aircraft Association, will speak Saturday at a free event at Galt Airport.

While Skiles will discuss leading aviation issues and what the association is doing to grow participation and inspire young aviators, the discussion could turn to what has been called “miracle on the Hudson.”

“Undoubtedly somebody is going to ask [Skiles] what it’s like to park an Airbus on the Hudson River,” said Dan Wallis, who represents the local Federal Aviation Administration safety team.

Skiles volunteered to come to the area after he saw some of the things the community was doing, namely a first-of-its-kind after-school aviation club for high schoolers, Wallis said.

The event starts at 10 a.m. in Galt Airport’s maintenance hangar.

Also speaking Saturday morning will be FAA safety team manager Sam Heiter, who will discuss aeronautical decision-making.

Heiter will review aircraft accidents in which good decision-making could have altered fatal consequences. There have been several recent airplane disasters, including a November crash in Crystal Lake that killed four people.

Heiter will talk about “what steps we need to take to promote safety for not only those in the plane, but those on the ground,” Wallis said.

The event is presented by JB Aviation, Experimental Aircraft Association 932 and Galt Airport.

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