ORBIS International’s Flying Eye Hospital took off on its first sight-saving mission using a fully equipped hospital onboard an airplane.
The most prestigious aviation award was presented to the Kentucky-born schoolboy, Al Ueltschi, who was inspired by Lindbergh.
In July of 2001 – in the 50th Anniversary year of the founding of FlightSafety – Al Ueltschi was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
Al used his experience in simulation-based aviation training to develop an eye surgical simulator to train 30,000 cataract specialists.
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.