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Teravaxis

DULUTH, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Langewiesche
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York when a flock of Canada Geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. The plane's pilot, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, managed to glide it to a safe landing in the Hudson River. It was an instant media sensation---the "Miracle on the Hudson"---and Captain Sully was the hero. But how much of the success of this dramatic landing can actually be credited to the genius of the pilot?

    Roy says: "Great Abridgement"
    "Great Blend of Technology, Human Interest & Drama"
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    Do not think that this is just another adoring story of Capt. Sullenberger's amazing landing on the Hudson. Langewiesche does a superb job of storytelling and provides an exceptionally researched background narrative concerning the development of the first totally fly-by-wire commercial aircraft. As the story of flight 1549 unfolds you will hear about what really happens during a bird strike and how jet engine manufacturers test for such events (somewhat bizarre), some amazing (as well as some very tragic) tales of stalled-engine landings, and the pioneering efforts of aviation visionaries such as Airbus executive Bernard Ziegler to develop the fly-by-wire concept in the face of dogged opposition. A great story made even better by a superb performance. I was sorry to see it end.

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