Arkansas Online:

By Noel Oman

Joel Buckner's 50 years in aviation can best be summed up as quality over quantity.

Although the North Little Rock resident has logged an average of 64 hours a year over that time, about what a weekend recreational pilot might log, he was presented the Federal Aviation Administration's Wright Brothers master pilot award during a presentation Friday at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field in Little Rock. He is one of 37 pilots in the state to earn the honor since its inception in 2005.

"This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first U.S. pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as 'Master Pilots,'" according to the FAA.

Few of his hours in the air have come on so-called $100 hamburger runs, aviation slang for when a recreational pilot flies to another town, eats a meal at that airport and then flies home.

Buckner made his hours flying count.

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