I have seen the film SULLY and it is one of the best aviation movies ever made and I can highly recommend it if you are interetsed in aviation. While watching it, I decided to try it for myself and Andy, our technical manager has re-created the ditching software.
This 90 minute experience will start with our standard A320 briefing followed by computerised recreation of events on that day.
You will start first with about half an hour, practising handling the A320. When you are ready we’ll go through the 3 scenarios shown in the film. First we’ll turn immediately for La Guardia and see how a glide appraoch can be made back to the airfield. Then we’ll do the same take off and after the bird strike, wait for 35 seconds (thinking time) and then turn back. You will see this could not be done.
Finally you will again take the aircraft and fly the exact track Cheseley Sullenberger took and ditch the aircraft into the Hudson River. It’s awesome and very inspiring and a bit nerve-racking. – Captain Chris Rigby