Joining Pan American World Airways in 1941 widened the Ueltschi horizons with many thousands of airline flying hours. As a general assignment pilot for Pan Am, Uelschi started in the training department. He crewed briefly in the airline's "flying boats" and then its "air ferries."
While employed with Pan Am, Ueltschi married his wife Eileen in June 1944. Al was transferred to Brownsville, Texas, the airline's principal base for Central and South American operations.
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.