Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 which crashed into the Hudson River on January 15, speaks for the first time on national television about that day. In his interview with Katie Couric, Sullenberger revealed that he knew exactly what to do after he realized that his plane was literally gliding toward the earth. Even when he had zero engine thrust, Sullenberger remained professional and calm, knowing precisely what the protocol was to take control of the plane and land it in water.

This guy is infinitely awesome.