"It's something that you prepare for all the time," Sinesky said. "You just do what you were trained to do."
Sinesky said that when a pilot gets in their plane they focus on flying and trust the safety systems put in place.
"You're a pilot. It's what you do for a living," he said. "It's a lot like that proverbial horse that you've got to get back on and ride. The system never failed them. What failed them was Mother Nature."
That confidence is something appreciated by passengers.
Linda Culbertson and her friend Joyce Sluder of Leicester, N.C., said they prayed the past two days for a safe flight this morning on their first visit to New York City. They were informed by a reporter in the Charlotte terminal that Sullenberger would be piloting the flight.
"We felt like that was an answer to our prayers, we felt like that was a good omen," said Culbertson. We couldn't have ordered it up any better -- now we're going to buy a lottery ticket!"