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AMI Meat, Poultry & Seafood Industry Convention & Expo Session to Feature Conversation with `Miracle on the Hudson' Co-Pilot

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Airways Flight 1549 co-pilot Jeff Skiles will speak about the lessons, training and scenarios that led to the “Miracle on the Hudson” during a special session at the AMI Meat, Poultry and Seafood Industry Convention and Exposition,  October 28-31, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. AMI’s annual awards will also be presented during the session.

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. From his days flying with his father over the Alcan Highway to Alaska to the last 23 years as a U.S. Airways pilot and first officer, his lifetime of experiences working as both a member and the leader of a crew contributed to the astounding outcome. 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, practicing the tricky controls of the Airbus.

A general contractor who builds houses when he’s not flying, Skiles understands what businesses are going through. He attributes the success of the emergency landing on the Hudson to the extensive training that all members of a flight crew experience. From the mechanics and the maintenance workers to the people who write the emergency protocols and the flight attendants, he believes that every level of the U.S. Airways organization is responsible for the outcome on January 15, 2009. While he and Captain Sullenberger piloted the plane to a safe landing, the entire operation was only possible thanks to intense training, re-training, preparation, and organization.

 Worldwide Food Expo features the Food, Dairy & Beverage Exposition and the AMI International Meat, Poultry & Seafood Industry Convention and Exposition and is sponsored by the American Meat Institute (AMI) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). Show registration is available now at http://www.worldwidefood.com/, along with updated agendas, hotel and housing information, and a new feature “MyExpo” – an interactive guide to helping attendees get the most out of their visit to the Expo.




            The American Meat Institute (AMI) represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI’s members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the United States. The Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry. http://www.meatinstitute.org/

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