Jeff Skiles is currently employed as a pilot with American Airlines. In the past he was the Vice President of Communties and Member Programs for EAA, a 200,000 member recreational pilot organization. Prior to that he served as the Vice-President of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association advocating for safety and security issues affecting airline pilots.
Jeff will forever be known for 3 1/2 minutes over the Hudson River in January, 2009 when he and Sully Sullenberger piloted their stricken Airbus 320 airliner carrying 155 people to a safe landing in the waters off Manhattan.
From this event Jeff has recieved many awards ranging from the Smithsonian Institution's Award for Current Achievement to the Masters Medal from the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.