NEW YORK, June 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wings Club, the premier aviation club in the U.S., has announced that Albert Lee Ueltschi, Founder and Chairman of FlightSafety International, Inc., is the recipient of The Club's 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award. The Award, which honors "outstanding accomplishments in the field of aviation and astronautics," will be presented on October 27, 2006 at The Wings Club's 64th Annual Dinner-Dance to be held at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. An aviator and entrepreneur, Kentucky-born Ueltschi's love of flying began at a young age. Inspired by Charles Lindbergh, he completed his first solo flight at the age of sixteen. In the years that followed he gave flying lessons, staged air shows and barnstormed around the country in his open cockpit aircraft, and took on the chief pilot duties for Queen City Flying of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1941 at the age of just twenty-four he joined Pan American World Airways, logging thousands of flying hours. A skilled pilot, he was selected for the unusual task of flying Pan American's President and Founder's plane, a World War II aircraft. In this capacity he noticed that pilots who flew these types of aircraft, which were the foundation of the country's business aviation industry at that time, did not have access to the same benefits of formal training as airline professionals did. To fill a void in the industry in 1951 he established FlightSafety, a pilot training company at New York's LaGuardia Airport. While building and growing FlightSafety he remained a pilot with Pan American until taking the company public in 1968. Ueltschi relinquished the title of President in 2003 and remains active as Chairman. Since the 1980's Ueltschi has been actively involved with ORBIS International, a non-profit, aircraft-based teaching eye hospital that travels to less developed areas of the world to teach sight-saving techniques and surgical procedures. He is also a former Director of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The recipient of numerous awards Ueltschi received both the 1991 National Business Aircraft Association's Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation and the 1991 Federal Aviation Administration's "Award for Extraordinary Service." In 1994 Ueltschi received the prestigious Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. He is also a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame. The Wings Club's Distinguished Achievement Award has been presented annually since 1975. Past recipients include Astronaut Neil Armstrong, Senator John Glenn, former President George H. W. Bush as well as twelve present and former airline CEO's including Fred Smith, Bob Crandall, Herb Kelleher, Gordon Bethune, Sir Colin Marshall and Sir Richard Branson. The Wings Club was founded in 1942 and is a private membership club. Dedicated to preserve the history and perpetuate the traditions of aviation while providing a forum for discussion and debate on aeronautical and aviation issues, Club members include industry leaders, management, pilots and professionals in related service organizations. As the premiere international aviation club, The Wings Club recognizes and honors people and the significant achievements that contribute to the advancement of aeronautical and aviation matters through its Distinguished Achievement Award and Distinguished Scholar Awards. Continuing the Club's tradition of providing an important forum for discussion and debate on aeronautical issues of the day throughout the year The Wings Club hosts Aviation Leader Series Luncheons including keynote speeches by industry leaders. Upcoming 2006 speakers include: Scott Donnelly, President and CEO, GE-Aviation; Mauricio Botelho, President and CEO, Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc. and Bill Ayer, Chairman, CEO and President, Alaska Airlines. Celebrating the aviation industry, each year the Club also hosts its annual Dinner-Dance. The Wings Club's 64th Annual Dinner-Dance will take place on October 27, 2006 at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. Individual and corporate Wings Club memberships are available. For more information on The Wings Club or to apply for membership call 212-867-1770, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.wingsclub.org.
SOURCE The Wings Club