Capt. 'Sully' heading to CBS News

CBS President David Rhodes agreed.

“Sully is a genuine hero — everyone at CBS News is excited to have him as a colleague,” Rhodes said. “He wants to share his insights not only on aviation, but on a whole range of safety and leadership issues that confront us each day.”

For his part, Sullenberger said he was "eager to contribute to an organization I have long respected for its award-winning reputation of superior reporting.”

Sullenberger has been in the national spotlight recently since his daring 2009 emergency landing. This spring, he lobbied against an amendment to the House appropriations bill for the Federal Aviation Administration.