Everybody’s favorite emergency landing pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger took to CBS’s Face the Nation to discuss a major threat to our flights beyond laser pointers, birds, lightning, fowled up bathrooms and peanut allergies — drones.
“We’ve seen what a six-pound or an eight-pound bird can do to bring down an airplane. Imagine what a device containing hard parts like batteries and motors can do that might weigh 25 or possibly up to 55 pounds to bring down an airplane. It’s not a matter of if it will happen. It’s a matter of when it will happen.”
Yup, some dipshit who bought a drone from the Sharper Image is going to take down a plane. I would like to have a conversation with a drone owner so they can explain the appeal to me. The entertainment value is equal to that of those annoying toy helicopters they sell at kiosks at the mall.
Then this morning on New York talk radio 77-WABC, Sullenberger talked about the major flaw in the redesign of LaGuardia Airport, the short runways. LaGuardia was the origin airport of the famed Miracle on the Hudson. “I’m sure it would be difficult and expensive, but there have been more difficult challenges taken up around the world … It would be a better airport if the runways could be made longer and have better runway safety areas on the … runways that face the water.”
One can look at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, which is built on a man-made island to accommodate longer runways. Unfortunately, it’s also sinking.
Finally, America’s sweetheart Tom Hanks will play Sullenberg in the Clint Eastwood-directed Sully, the movie about the man and the famous flight. Aaron Eckhart will play his co-pilot Jeff Skiles and Laura Linney will plays Sully’s wife Lorraine. Hanks should always play captains — Captain Miller in Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips and now Captain Sullenberger. Captain Crunch is just around the corner.