Captain Robert Piché made international headlines after an emergency landing of a flight, Toronto- Lisbonne, that ran out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean with 304 people on board.
Captain Piché was in command of a A-330 Airbus carrying 291 passengers and 13 crew members. He was forced to perform an emergency landing without engines in the Azores, Portugal.
After 18 minutes of gliding Captain Piché and his crew managed a successful landing. This endeavor is considered to be the greatest achievement in the world of modern aviation.
When the impossible becomes reality!
Captain Piché's exploit is considered by many to be the greatest achievement of modern aviation. He faced a life or death situation with his crew, his own skills and his flying experience.
As he says since, he only did his job!
True, but what are the factors that allow one to avoid a disaster in such a situation?
Captain Piché's keynote explains how he managed to succeed with only 30% of the plane's capacity instead of worrying about the 70% that he had lost. Amazing things can be achieved through belief and determination. Captain Piché is an inspiration to all audiences.
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I would say that Robert Piché is one of the best storytellers I heard. His lecture is delivered as if we were a group of friends with whom he speaks in a living room ...
It needs no artifice, no support other than itself so it is warm and endearing ...
Manuel Hurtubise Productions
To my captain, as always, I say thank you! Because of your life experiences, because of your strength, because of your skill, because of your courage, because of your faith in yourself and your craft, we all made it through that fateful day.
For you by example have shown us that out of a bad situation a lot of good can come. Greatness isn't born, it is attained. It is from extraordinary circumstances that extraordinary people are made, and you, my dear Captain Piche, are extraordinary. Thank you for all that you are and all that you continue to be.
Yours most sincerely,
Elisa Benard - passenger 1K
Thank you so much for your contribution at this year Flight Operational Forum Norway(FoF), as you can see the participants gave you a very very good feedback. Before, the best score was 1.0, you got 1.82 and was rated the best!
Best regards! Thanks for sharing.
Manager / Daglig leder FoF
In August 2002, Captain Piché and First Officer De Jager received the Superior Airmanship Award from Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) in Washington, USA. This award acknowledges their extraordinary pilot abilities as well as the professionalism they demonstrated in such adversity.
If your schedule allows it, Captain Piché will be happy to stay available after the conference to meet with your participants. Whether it is for a book signing, to shake hands, ask him a question or take a picture, Captain Piché is very generous of his time; an added bonus for your participants!