Albert Ueltschi To Be Honored By The Wings Club With 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award

- Award Will Be Presented at Club's Annual Dinner-Dance on October 27, 2006


Jun 13, 2006, 01:00 ET from The Wings Club

    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 or visit

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