Swing Dance Vinyl Lose Your Mind Find Your Soul Shirts line to Point 1: Was Sully calm and collected and did he exercise fast, accurate and competent judgment backed by rapid, effective actions? Yes. Should that ever, ever, ever be taken for granted regardless of education, age or experience? Absolutely not. My take: WTG Sully! 2) Did Sully undertake a series of decisive actions, not published in that exact sequence on any pre-existing checklist, that helped ensure the safety of the passengers on the stricken A-320? Yes, he did. There’s an old saw in tests and measures in psychology that intelligence is knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do. After establishing beyond any doubt that the engines could never be re-lit, one of the first things Sully did was to start the APU (auxiliary power unit, a small jet engine in the back of the plane that can provide electricity and hydraulics if the engines fail). The other actions he took while working with ATC (air traffic control) and figuring out the best overall course of action look just as good in considered retrospect as they did when everyone’s immediate survival was on the line. Again, is that the kind of performance you’d hope for in a skilled, experienced, ideal professional pilot? Of course, it is. And that what always happens? The annals of aviation are salted with accounts of flight crews shutting off the fuel supply to the remaining working engine when it was the other engine that had flamed out. Or forgetting to turn on de-icing and anti-icing equipment in icing conditions. Or landing at the wrong airport. Or any number of other blunders that in retrospect, strain credibility. Do we expect fundamental competence from pilots all the time and particularly when the chips are down? Yes, we do. Is it always present and accounted for when the SHTF? No, it isn’t. Again, WTG Sully.