OSHKOSH - The walk across the tarmac may feel routine for Captain "Sully"Sullenberger, but for the young people at his side, it was anuplifting opportunity.
"I am so psyched I woke up to a text message from my dad andhe's like oh by the way I booked you a flight and I'm just freakingout," aspiring pilot Hannah Hightower said.
Sullenberger gained fame when he guided a US Airways Jet ontothe Hudson River. His decisions saved 150 passengers that day andchanged his life forever.
"Oh just a bit," Sullenberger said with a chuckle. "I meaninstantly and completely in almost everyway, but we've learned anew way of living our lives and it's been the source of manywonderful opportunities."
Including, serving as co-chair of the EAA Young Eagles. Theprogram spreads the word about opportunities in aviation, bygetting kids age 8-17 up in the air.
"To have real adventures in real life, not just electronicadventure," Sullenberger explained.
From an early age, he says wings were all he ever wanted.
"By age five I knew I wanted to spend my life flying airplanesand people saw that potential in me and helped me achieve it,"Sullenberger said.
Something he's trying to do for others with the Young Eagles,even it they don't know his story.
"When we were walking over he said dad is this guy an expertpilot would you say?" Jason Vaske said of his son Kyle. "I chuckledbecause I really didn't know how to explain that."
While Sullnberger is more famous than most pilots, he is one ofmany volunteers who help the Young Eagles run. It's taken more than1.5 million young people flying since 1992.
"If you've ever read his book he said before I've been planningand preparing for this my entire life," new EAA President RodneyHightower said.
Sullenberger says his work with the Young Eagles is about thefuture of aviation.
"It's about inspiring young people to choose this when there area lot of things they could be doing," he said.
After all, someone needs to fill his shoes.
In his retirement, Sullenberger says he's working on his secondbook, speaking to groups and doing safety work.
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