G.L. "Mistoe" Griffin receives the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from FAA Safety Team Program Manager Jarrett MacFarlin. The award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years. Griffin retired in the early 1980s after over 25 years as chief pilot for Ward School Bus Manufacturing. After serving in World War II, Griffin moved with his wife, Marie, to Conway and began working as a pilot and mechanic with Dennis Cantrell at the Conway Municipal Airport. He logged 10,409 flight hours over his long career with no accidents or violations in several makes and models of aircraft ranging from single and multi-engine propeller aircraft to multi-engine jets. Griffin is the 18th Arkansan to receive the award and fourth recipient from Conway. He received the award Saturday, his 90th birthday. Griffin has four children, Jeannie Stanton, Gail Austin, Peggy Bailey and Kent Griffin, all of Conway. BILL WARD PHOTO