Big Media is hailing yesterday’s plane landing in the Hudson and River and subsequent rescue of passengers as a Miracle. Nonsense. It was no miracle. It was experience that saved the day.
Terrified plane passengers probably prayed and hoped to survive. Terrified plane passengers doubtlessly wanted a change from their present circumstances. But what saved the terrified plane passengers, what those terrified plane passengers needed was an experienced hand at the wheel.
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DrudgeReport headlined Miracle on the Hudson, the New York Times blared For Terrified Survivors, a Miracle.
To its credit the New York Times also wrote a story headlined U.S. Airways Crew is credited for Nimble Reaction.
Airplane pilots are not really paid for the daily work, the daily grind. Airline pilots are paid for those five seconds of decision made in an emergency. After vigorous training, vetting, and testing, a pilot is licensed. But to earn the wings it takes experience.
Draughts of Hopium, chants of Change, closed-eye Hope, these were not able competitors to the experience of the crew of US Airways Flight 1549.
Minutes after departing La Guardia Airport, what the crew of US Airways Flight 1549 faced Thursday afternoon, at 3,200 feet over the central Bronx, was a really quick decision. [snip]
What is that small airport, one pilot asked a controller.
Teterboro, in New Jersey, the controller replied, and instructed the pilot to fly south along the Hudson River, then swing back to the north to land there.
Instead, the pilot told the controller that they would ditch the plane in the river. They then cleared the George Washington Bridge by about 900 feet, according to controllers, and at a point near the end of West 48th Street in Midtown Manhattan, the plane slid into the river’s smooth, gray waters. [snip]
But from early indications, it appears the pilot handled the emergency river landing with aplomb and avoided major injuries, evacuating the plane, an Airbus A320, calmly in the middle of the river, passengers and officials said.
Airliners are not meant to glide, although occasionally they have to. The pilot of this one, Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger III, is certified as a glider pilot, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.
Captain Sullenberger, known as Sully, flew the F-4 for the United States Air Force for seven years in the 1970s after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy. He joined USAir, as it was called at the time, in 1980 and became a “check airman,” training and evaluating new pilots or those changing to new aircraft or moving up to captain. He also was an accident investigator for the union, the Air Line Pilots Association.
Anyone can rent a pilot’s uniform, wear the cap, learn the lingo, walk gauntily and with a swagger, imitate an actual pilot and fool Big Media that they are a pilot. But when the engines don’t work the rented pilot suit does not land the plane in safety, does not save the lives of the passenters.
Yesterday the pilot was experienced and experience pays.
A former fighter pilot was hailed as the Hero of the Hudson Thursday night after he landed a stricken US Airways jet in the river – and made sure everybody got out alive.
Pilot Chesley Sullenberger was still drying off when Mayor Bloomberg sang his praises.
“He did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river” and evacuating the passengers, Bloomberg said of the veteran pilot who lives near San Francisco.
With water seeping into the plane – and all his 150 passengers and four other crew members safe – Sullenberger walked up and down the center aisle twice to make sure nobody was left before he, too, fled the jet, the mayor said.
“He was the last one off the plane,” Bloomberg said.
Gov. Paterson also praised the ferry boat operators and rescue workers who rushed over as the plane bobbed in the 40-degree water and plucked the frigid, frightened passengers off the wings.
“We’ve had a miracle on the Hudson,” Paterson said.
It was not a “miracle” Governor Paterson – it was experience. Remember that when you choose a U.S. Senator from New York next week. An inexperienced candidate can get you politically killed.
[A side note for Governor Paterson: “Here’s a warning from a Democratic consultant, anonymous for obvious reasons, when asked about the Kennedy prospect: “If Paterson chooses her he has a problem. He’d be dissing the whole Congressional delegation. As for her being a friend of Obama, well, in politics friends are people you can say ‘No’ to the easiest. Also, it looks like another elitist play. She’s never carried anything, let alone a state ticket. Can the governor really risk naming a novice?”]
The Daily News also reported that the falling plane evoked horrible memories of the 9/11 attacks. “I saw a plane flying really, really low and I just thought, ‘Not again,’ ” one visibly upset witness said.
The Daily News then reported on an irony: Many of the passengers were Bank of America bankers heading home.
Those Bank of America bankers now know in a real life way the value of experience. With Bank of America in more trouble than ever, requesting and getting even more taxpayer dollars, the need for an experienced hand becomes ever clearer.
Bank of America and the American economy need an experienced hand at the wheel. Tax-dodger Geithner, Larry Summers, the entire economic team – they are beside the point. Experienced leadership is what is needed at the very topmost. History teaches that the fish always stinks from the head downwards. The American economic fish has a severe case of B.O.
Next week we will begin to dissect the B.O. economy plans. We will look to history to teach us. Right now, we don’t see much to applaud. We see a lot of pretense of knowing what to do, but little, zero actually, experience. The fish always stinks from the head.
Recent American history has been greatly influenced by bogus pilots, lightly trained terrorists, pretending to be pilots in order to crash planes into the heart of American economic power.
Yesterday’s plane landing in the Hudson River appeared to many, just as in September 11, 2001 to be that “a movie was being shot“. But it was not a movie, it was not a “Reality TV” show. It was real life. And in real life, as opposed to fantasies, experience matters.
On Wednesday, January 14, Ricardo Montalban died. Montalban was well known for a television series called Fantasy Island.
In Fantasy Island Montalban would preside over cautionary tales of those who wished to have their most desired fantasies fulfilled. What Hopium addicts who want to live in a fantasy world forget is that Fantasy Island was a cautionary tale.
Americans are in a metaphorical plane with an actor as a pilot headed towards Fantasy Island. We fear the landing won’t be as miraculous as the Hudson River landing.