Bill Frist Accepts NBAA’s Al Ueltschi Award

In a touching speech at NBAA last week, Bill Frist accepted the annual Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership. A pilot, surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Frist received the award for his extensive humanitarian work in all corners of the world.

Frist credited his brother, with whom he shares four major passions -- aviation, medicine, business and philanthropy -- with inspiring him and his family to fly. He likened business aviation to his surgical knife as the instrument with which he can treat people who otherwise would not have access to health care. “Aviation causes those barriers in this shrinking world to just disappear,” Frist said.

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said, "From piloting his own aircraft throughout Sudan to giving surgical care, to using aviation to reach and treat victims days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the senator and doctor truly 'walks the walk' in assisting those most in need of help. He exemplifies the humanitarian spirit that's always been a part of business aviation, and we are honored to recognize his pioneering work with this award."

NBAA established the award in honor of Al Ueltschi, who was instrumental in developing ORBIS, a non-profit organization that uses business aviation to prevent blindness around the world.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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