Al Ueltschi established the pilot training company at New York's LaGuardia Airport in 1951, based on the knowledge that pilots needed formal training.
A.L. Ueltschi’s mission to save lives and save sight has been recognized by many organizations. “I accepted this for the organization. I’m not a doctor; I was just a dumb pilot. These doctors are doing it. This organization is doing it. That’s what it’s all about.” During the Wings Club’s 64th Annual Dinner- Dance, held Oct. 27, 2006, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, Ueltschi received the organization’s 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award. More than 1,000 industry leaders were on hand to honor his accomplishments.