Senate Confirms Sullenberger as U.S. Rep to ICAO

 - December 6, 2021, 11:10 AM

The U.S. Senate confirmed C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger III as the U.S. ambassador and representative of the U.S. before the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization. Senate approval by voice vote on Thursday came almost six months after the White House announced its intent to nominate Sullenberger for the role.

Famed for his role in the successful “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency landing, Sullenberger has been serving as a safety advocate, author, and keynote speaker, and is a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and retired airline pilot who has amassed more than 20,000 flight hours.

General aviation groups widely lauded the appointment of Sullenberger to the position.

“ICAO plays an essential role in advancing international aviation safety and cooperation, environmental sustainability, and global interoperability of aviation products that will shape the future of the industry,” said General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) president and CEO Pete Bunce. “We are confident that Ambassador Sullenberger will be a very effective representative on these critical issues and will be a strong addition to ICAO.”

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen called Sullenberger “one of the preeminent aviation figures of our time, someone whose name is synonymous with aviation safety and leadership. He will be an exceptional U.S. representative to ICAO.” Sullenberger was presented with NBAA's American Spirit Award in 2017 and that keynoted the association's 2015 convention.

A lifetime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Sullenberger had co-chaired the association’s Young Eagles program from 2009 until 2013. “Captain Sullenberger has used the spotlight that was thrust upon him in 2009 to advocate vigorously for aviation safety, as well as using his role to encourage young people to discover aviation through his work with Young Eagles,” said EAA chairman and CEO Jack Pelton.