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"Miracle on Hudson" pilot stops in Holmen


HOLMEN, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Members of the Experimental Aircraft Association chapter in the Town of Holland heard from a special guest Thursday night.

Jeff Skiles, the first officer on the flight dubbed "The Miracle on the Hudson," spoke to the group. The US Airways flight he was on landed on the river after losing both engines, but everyone on board managed to get off safely.

Skiles and the plane's captain now run the EAA's Young Eagles program as part of the aircraft association. The goal is to energize the next generation of pilots.

"If someone is interested in aviation, interested in becoming a pilot, maybe as a career or even as a hobby, I'd have to say make sure that you do it," Skiles said. "I can't imagine what my life would have been if I wasn't a pilot, it's all I ever wanted to be. And frankly as a career it's a fantastic opportunity right now because the truth of the matter is most airline pilots out there look like me or older. We're going to be retiring and opening up a lot of career opportunities for young people in aviation today."

Skiles says being in the cockpit for the 'Miracle on the Hudson' has allowed him to go around and speak to many about all aviation has to offer.

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