2013 Kickoff Breakfast
NAAA’s Kickoff Breakfast
December 8–11, 2014 ♦ Louisville, Ky.
Thank you to First Officer Jeff Skiles, co-pilot of the “Miracle on the Hudson” U.S. Airways flight for being the 2013 NAAA Kickoff Breakfast Speaker, sponsored by BASF. If you have a speaker idea for 2014 or future NAAA Kickoff Breakfasts, please email them to email@example.com.
Captain Jeff Skiles helped get the 2013 NAAA Convention off on the perfect note by taking attendees at the Kickoff Breakfast inside the cockpit during his riveting account of the circumstances surrounding the “Miracle on the Hudson,” the Jan. 15, 2009, event that captivated the country. Inside the aviation industry, the successful water landing by Captain Sully Sullenberger and Skiles was seen as validation for all the safety mechanisms the airlines had put into place over the years. There was no standardization when Skiles first got into the airline industry. Then in the early 1990s, U.S. Airways became the second airline to implement Cockpit Resource Management.
“We started undergoing training to develop interpersonal skills, which is not something pilots have in abundance. It took years to change an ingrained culture,” Skiles said. “First officers were required to speak up if they see something wrong. Any error or omission by one was picked up by the others. …Today both pilots fly the airplane with integrated procedures and checklists. We brief each other before every takeoff and every landing. We treat each other with mutual respect. We eliminate errors by involving two people in everything we do.”
Skiles informed attendees that of the major airlines that have adopted Cockpit Resource Management, the last fatal accident for one of the big commercial carriers was in 2001. Prior to that, U.S. Airways had had five fatal accidents in five years.