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BECOME PERCEPTIVE

I often wonder what it must have been like in the cockpit of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 that crash-landed in the Hudson River. I know that the pilot, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, talked a lot afterward about how his training prepared him for such a disaster, but a training manual and a simulation are surely different from the real thing. I’m sure Sullenberger’s awareness was at an all-time high and his senses were fully alert on January 15, 2009, when his plane lost power over New York City. He may have relied on a strong cup of coffee to sustain him in training as he thumbed through the manual. No coffee was needed when a flock of Canada geese collided with both jet engines of the Airbus 320. I imagine Sullenberger’s eyes ...

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