(Washington, DC – June 16, 2021) The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) applauds President Biden’s decision to nominate Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger to serve as Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“I can think of no better choice to fill this crucial global safety position,” stated CAPA President Captain Larry Rooney. “Captain Sullenberger’s significant safety and airline operational background will provide a real-world, hands-on perspective to the vital work ICAO performs,” he added.

We look forward to his quick confirmation by the U.S. Senate so that he may collaborate with the 193 member states comprising ICAO on issues affecting Air Safety and standards of compliance.

CAPA is the world’s largest pilot trade association representing over 30,000 professional pilots at American Airlines (Allied Pilots Association), UPS Airlines (Independent Pilots Association), Atlas Air (Teamsters Local 2750), Republic Airways (Teamsters Local 357), ABX Air, Horizon Air, Cape Air, Omni Air, and Silver Airways (Teamsters Local 1224).