US Airways Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger just said his pay has been cut 40 percent in recent times and his pension terminated. He has had to take a second job to keep flying. And, he says it's that way across the airline industry since 9-11 and airlines have cut back so much.
Cpt. Sully says airlines must be careful about how they hire pilots... not trying to save too much money on them... as the flying public depends on experience in the cockpit.
When asked why he walked up and down the aisle of the plane as it was sinking into the Hudson River on that chilly January 15th... the Captain says, "I had a little time... and I could leave no possibility that anybody would be left behind."
Just curious-- are you at all surprised by what Sully is saying about the state of the airline industry? Should we be concerned about the safety of flying if pilots are working extra jobs to do the one they love? Are they getting enough rest? Just askin'...