Catch ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ pilot at AirFair opening ceremonies |

Catch ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ pilot at AirFair opening ceremonies

Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III is best known for saving the lives of 155 crew and passengers as Captain during the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

He believes passionately in giving back to communities and supporting youth organizations. On Saturday, July 6 at the 2013 Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival, Sullenberger will address the crowd during the Opening Ceremony at 11 a.m. As the Co-Chairman of the National Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) Young Eagles — a program that inspires and educates youth about aviation — Sullenberger will be available for a short time to greet attendees and sign autographs in the EAA Building.

“Captain Sullenberger is a great and rare role model for our youth. Many may not know that he is an Air Force Academy graduate pilot, and that intense flight training kicked in just when it was needed most … the day a flock of Canada geese took out both his engines when flying US Airways Flight 1549, leaving him with only minutes to make the right decision, which was to land in the Hudson River,” said AirFair Chairman Tim LoDolce and president of the local EAA. “It was with that decision and his superb airmanship that saved the entire passengers and crew from disaster.”

The Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival is entirely funded by the Truckee Tahoe Airport, the “Golden Wings” sponsor of the 2013 AirFair & Family Festival fundraising event as a gift to the community. All proceeds from sponsorships, vendor fees, pre-event dinner ticket sales and food and beverage sales go directly to local youth via three nonprofits: The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) local Chapter 1073, KidZone Museum and the Truckee Optimist Club.

Captain Sullenberger’s appearance, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., is one of many AirFair highlights that will include stunt pilots, meeting big name aerobatic performers and shaking hands with World War II Triple Ace Fighter Pilot, published author and the show’s Grand Marshal, Clarence “Bud” Anderson.

Featured pilots include young adventure sports enthusiasts from Pemberton Aerosports, Melissa Pemberton, 28, in an Edge540 Aircraft and her husband Rex who will fly in his wing suit during the opening ceremony. Rich Perkins will unleash “Firecat,” an Eastern Bloc jet trainer built in Czechoslovakia. Eddie Andreini will fly “up close” in his restored 1944 Stearman biplane.

The Commemorative Air Force SoCal Wing will give rides in its P51 Man O’ War and the SNJ/T6. Ten percent of the proceeds from the Saturday, July 6 ride costs go to Truckee North Tahoe youth. Call 805-482-0064 or visit

Free flights for kids from the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1073 will happen on Sunday, July 7. Sign up in advance at the AirFair.

Other highlights include The Red Star Formation Flying Group and the Reno Radio Club Radio Aircraft Demonstrations throughout the day.

“These radio-controlled aircraft are giant scale planes,” said LoDolce. “We’re thrilled to have another fascinating element added to our AirShow this year.” The AMA Chartered Reno Radio Control Club (RRCC) was established in 1965 to promote and enhance the hobby of RC flying, including gas and electric airplanes, helicopters and gliders.

Festival activities will include a Vendor Village, flight simulator, live music, static aircraft displays with pilot docents, a kid’s zone, food and beer garden.

A schedule of events remains current online at

Honorary Dinner

The pre-event Friday, July 5 Honorary Dinner in Hangar One at the Airport will honor Clarence “Bud” Anderson. The evening includes a silent auction by North Tahoe Arts (NTA), no-host bar, catered dinner, a presentation and short History Channel video of “Bud” in action and a chance to mingle with performing pilots. Bud will have his “To Fly and Fight; Memoirs of a Triple Ace” book available for purchasing and signing. Dinner cost is $50 per person. Tickets are at the Truckee Tahoe Airport or online at

Major sponsors include Clear Capital, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation, Martis Camp/DMB Highlands, Charter Communications, Suddenlink, Sierra Sun, The Weekly, Moonshine Ink, Hewlett Packard and KTKE Radio. A full list of sponsors is kept current at

For more information and updates about the 2013 Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival visit and download the phone application, or follow at

Event parking and the AirFair & Family Festival, Truckee Tahoe Airport, 10356 Airport Road, Truckee, July 6, 10 .am.-4 p.m. is free. No glass, no smoking, leashed dogs are allowed, carry a clean-up bag. Bike parking will be available in a designated and gated bike corral. No bikes are allowed to be ridden at the AirFair & Family Festival. They must be parked.

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About Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III

Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety for his entire adult life. While he is best known for serving as Captain during what has been dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sullenberger is an aviation safety expert and accident investigator, serves as a CBS News aviation and safety expert, and is the founder and chief executive officer of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., a company dedicated to management, safety, performance, and reliability consulting.

Born and raised in Denison, Texas, Sullenberger pursued his childhood love of aviation at the United States Air Force Academy. In his graduation year at the academy, he received the Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship Award. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in psychology, he also has two master’s degrees, one in industrial psychology from Purdue University and one in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He also has an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Purdue University. Upon graduation from the Academy, Sullenberger served as a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force from 1975 to 1980. He advanced to become a flight leader and a training officer, attaining the rank of captain. During his active duty, he was stationed in North America and Europe.

After serving in the Air Force, Sullenberger became an airline pilot with Pacific Southwest Airlines, later acquired by US Airways, until his retirement in March 2010. Prior to gaining worldwide attention, Sullenberger was an active and ardent safety advocate throughout his four-decade-long career. He was selected to perform accident investigation duties for the United States Air Force, and served as an Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) representative during a National Transportation Safety Board investigation. Additionally, Sullenberger served as a Local Air Safety Chairman for ALPA, and was a member of one of their national technical committees, where he contributed to the creation of a Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular. He was also instrumental in developing and implementing the Crew Resource Management course used by US Airways, and he has taught the course to hundreds of other airline crew members.

After logging more than 20,000 hours of flight time Sullenberger became internationally renowned on Jan. 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River. The Airbus A320’s two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. Sullenberger and his crew received international acclaim for their actions that day, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery. Sullenberger was ranked second in Time’s “Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009” and was awarded the French Legion of Honor.

Since his retirement from US Airways, Sullenberger was named co-chairman of the EAA Young Eagles.

He has become the New York Times best-selling author of “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters” and also wrote “Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America’s Leaders.” He is an international lecturer and keynote speaker at educational institutions, corporations and nonprofit organizations about the importance of aviation and patient safety, crisis management, life-long preparation, leadership, and living a life of integrity.

In collaboration with DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Sullenberger developed and was featured in a multi award-winning video training program, Miracle on the Hudson: Prepare for Safety, which helps employees increase their commitment to safety and transform their organizations’ safety culture. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Patient Safety and a member of the Greenlight Group, a team of world class experts supporting a number of global healthcare research and development initiatives. The programs are ideally suited to put Sullenberger’s expertise in safety and knowledge of high performance systems improvement to work saving lives, saving money, and bringing value to communities. Sullenberger is married to fitness expert and television personality Lorrie Sullenberger. The couple and their two daughters reside in Danville, Calif. See more at

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