Actor Harrison Ford, known by most for his many and varied movie personae, is receiving NBAA’s Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership for his extensive advocacy of general aviation. An accomplished pilot, Ford has made numerous appearances before Congress and regularly flies missions in support of humanitarian and philanthropic causes.
Albert Lee Ueltschi
The business aviation industry lost one of its visionary leaders when Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman emeritus of training provider FlightSafety International died peacefully at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. on Oct. 18, at the age of 95. Growing up during the Great Depression in rural Kentucky in a family of modest means, he was bitten by the flying bug early on and decided to become a pilot. In pursuit of that dream, he ran a hamburger stand to fund his flying lessons and soloed at the age of 16.
Business aviation visionary leader Albert Ueltschi, 95, founder and chairman emeritus of aviation training provider FlightSafety International, died at his home in Vero Beach, Fla., on Thursday evening. After being bitten by the flying bug at an early age, Ueltschi soloed at 16 and later bought an open-cockpit airplane and barnstormed around the country.
The business aviation industry lost a visionary leader yesterday evening, October 18, when Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman emeritus of industry training provider FlightSafety International, died peacefully at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. at the age of 95. Growing up during the Great Depression in rural Kentucky in a family of modest means, he was bitten by the flying bug early on and decided to become a pilot.
Albert Ueltschi on June 6 became the 50th recipient of the Godfrey Cabot Award from the Aero Club of New England.
The Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), a nonprofit organization that provides air transportation aboard private aircraft for wounded veterans and their families, is being organized as this year’s recipient of the Al Ueltschi Humanitarian Award.
“The aviation community really connects on this, and they have been pretty aggressive in signing up,” noted VAC founder and former Army helicopter pilot Walter Fricke.
NBAA this year is introducing the Albert Ueltschi Award, created to honor individuals and groups in business aviation who support humanitarian causes. The inaugural award is being presented to the Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift at today’s Awards Luncheon in recognition of the mission’s “humanitarian leadership” in business aviation.
Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman of FlightSafety International, will receive The Wings Club’s 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award, which honors outstanding accomplishments in the field of aviation and aeronautics.