||B-777 Captain, UA232 Sioux City Pilot
December 19, 1942 to May 7, 2012
Even with 20,000 hours of flight time, Denny's passion for flying was refreshing. He'd describe flying his Bonanza and his Champ with all of the enthusiasm of a newly minted pilot. Denny embraced life the same way, with gusto. He taught many to be safer, and to be more expressive about love and passion. We learned a great deal from Denny, and we will miss our 'Hugging Irishman'.
Denny Fitch was a B-777 Captain for United Airlines. He received a B.S. degree from Duquesne University and his flight training from the United States Air Force. He was President of D.E. Fitch & Associates, Ltd., an aviation consulting firm specializing in Cockpit Resource Management and human factors. Captain Fitch had the unique experience of crash landing a DC-10 that lost all hydraulics and all flight controls. He and the crew hold the distinguished record of the longest time aloft without flight controls who lived to tell about it.
Captain Fitch was commended by President George Bush and was the recipient of Senate Resolution 174, 101st Congress for his outstanding effort, poise and courage in assisting the crew in attempting a difficult emergency landing of United Flight 232 at Sioux City, Iowa. He gave numerous presentations to various corporate aviation departments and was also in demand for his inspirational and motivational programs. Captain Fitch was recognized for his extensive experience as a fight instructor and check airman. He has accumulated over 20,000 hours of flight time and was an FAA check pilot designee. He was also a safety consultant to NASA as a member of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel and inducted into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.