App Review: Sully’s Flight Lets You be the Hero
Sully’s Flight by Laminar Research is a cool simulation of the flight that Chesley Sullenberger took January 15, 2009. Sullenberger’s flight went bad after some birds were sucked into one of the turbines making the engines fail. He had to make an emergency landing in the Hudson river. On this version of X-Plane, you can follow his flight pattern and see if you can land in the Hudson river safely. The flight path is marked by green squares that are placed every 50 or so feet.
To launch the plane, set the flap at 1/3 and set the throttle at full. These settings are located on the bottom sides of screen. Once these are in place, release the brake and steady the plane. At about 140 knots the plane will lift into the air. From this point you steer your plane through the green rings. That’s when the fun begins. The birds hit your plane and you are forced to make an emergency stop in the Hudson river. As you attempt to do so, the actual radio transmissions that Sullenberger would have heard are played.
If you touch the top of the screen, a menu will spear that allows you to change the view. There is also a button that will take you to another menu. Here you can look at the map, change the weather or time of day, and decide on the amount of cloud coverage. You can also adjust the sensitivity of the accelerometer controls to help make the flying easier.
Sully’s Flight is a great flight simulation that never gets old. It is neat to experience, at least in simulation, what Sullenberger had to do to successfully land that plane. You can fly your plane again and again until you can do it in your sleep.
Sully’s flight is available in the iTunes App Store for $0.99