A plane on the Hudson

What does it take to become a pilot ?

A lot of nerve. And also, you need to be good at Maths.

On January 15, 2009, a commercial flight had to “land” on the Hudson River, right in the middle of New York, just a few minutes after taking off from La Guardia Airport.


The plane had crossed the trajectory of a flock of birds, and it appears that the two engines went down. The pilot, Chesley B. Sullenberger, nicknamed “Sully”, and his first officer, Jeffrey Skiles, managed to take the plane and its 154 passengers, crew members included, safely to the ground. This type of “landing” was the first of its kind.

Real video of the event :

News report :


Maybe you were too young to remember this incredible accident, but Clint Eastwood, the famous American actor and film director, wants you to think again about this extraordinary story. So he made a movie about it !

Sully is being released today in the USA, and it will be released on November 30 in France. You can watch the trailer for now.


If you want to know more about this story, you can read this excellent article :  http://nymag.com/news/features/53788/

Watching a movie in the original version

Did you know that watching movies in the original version is an excellent way to improve your listening skills, and your vocabulary ? You can choose the original version on a DVD for example, or on the internet. But you can also watch films in English at the cinema. At Cinépalmes and Cinécambaie, and sometimes at the Gaumont Lacaze, there are movies in English, with subtitles. For example, next Sunday, at 8:45 pm, you will be able to watch Divergent in English at the Cinépalmes theater.

Be careful though, this movie is intended for people older than 13 (it’s rated PG-13), because it is violent, the subject is complex and there are a few sensual scenes.