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LAI Signs Jeff Skiles, Co-Pilot of US Airways Flight 1549

Washington, DC, April 13, 2009—

First Officer Skiles and pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger successfully landed the Airbus A320 in the 20-degree water of the Hudson once they determined that nearby landing strips and airports were too far away to safely protect the passengers and the surrounding communities. All 150 passengers and five crew members survived. Skiles will be speaking about the training, preparedness, and adaptability in difficult times which led to the "Miracle on the Hudson."

"We are extremely proud and privileged to be representing Jeff Skiles," said Leading Authorities founder and CEO Mark French. "I can speak for our entire company when I say that we've been impressed and amazed by Mr. Skiles' calmness and humility. He's encountered circumstances that most of us don't want to imagine, and he handled it perfectly. I have been struck by his great storytelling ability, his sense of humor, and professionalism."

The son of two pilots, Skiles started flying at the age of 16, and to date has logged over 20,000 hours in the sky. Since 1986, he has served as both a U.S. Airways pilot and first officer. Flight 1549 was only Skiles' second trip in the Airbus A320, and when the plane collided with the birds, he was still manually flying the plane.

About Leading Authorities International

Leading Authorities, Inc. is a progressive event company with more than 20 years experience bringing the world’s leading speakers to top meeting venues, companies, and organizations from around the world. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm has offices throughout the United States and internationally in Singapore and London.

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