On April 27, 1957, the OX5 Club of America met in Hagerstown, Maryland and awarded Ernie their J. Henry Reisner Achievement Trophy. Ernie flew his 1927 OX5 KR-31 Challenger to this event. It was reported later, in the QB BEAM (Ernie was also a member of the “Quiet Birdmen”), that “Ernie and (another member whom I will leave anonymous) inspired by overhead lubrication fired the old crate and took off in a lumbering swish of power, climbed feebly...” and eventually damaged the wing on a fence. “Ernie got out sputtering, claimed somebody moved the fence.” The Challenger had to be repaired before he could bring it home. The story of the repairs was featured in Fairchild’s newsletter, FAD. Two of the men who helped to repair the plane had actually helped to build the plane 30 years before.
On December 15, 1949, The American Legion, Department of Pennsylvania, awarded Ernie their Distinguished Service Certificate.
In 1971, the Pennsylvania Wing of the OX5 Club of America presented Ernie with a commendation. It certified “that Ernest H. Buehl, a pioneer in aviation, is entitled to national recognition and respect for his wholehearted devotion to the development of air transportation and the success of our organization.”
His 75th birthday was an event reported in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin by Joseph X. Dever, who was also Society Editor for the New York World-Telegram. Dever reported that helping to host the party were General Alfred L. (Abby) Wolf and his wife, Constance, whom Dever described as an “expert pilot and world-famed balloonist. On hand were a couple of former students of Ernie’s: Capt. Earl E. Bach, Kurt Heilbronn. Dever himself was a student of Ernie’s in 1941. Also mentioned as present were Dr. John Royal Moore, Capt. Jack Weyman, and retired Air Force Brig. General William A. (Bill) Johnston. The oldest individual present was Joseph W. Parkin, Jr., 84 years of age, who had been an ignition expert for Graf and had worked on Zeppelins. Earl Bach told of how he paid for his flying lessons at Somerton by hanging “from a rope ladder suspended from Ernie’s Kreider Reisner OX Challenger, a 1927 vintage bi-plane that Ernie still flies. The idea was to draw crowds to sell rides at $5 a crack.” Dever said that Ernie himself learned to fly with the Luftwaffe in World War I.
In 1987, Daniel Riben, a writer for Calkins Newspapers, wrote a brief article about Ernie’s career. During the 1920s, Ernie worked as a topographic mapper, piloting airplanes and taking pictures of the ground. Ernie arrived in Philadelphia in 1924. He ran the Somerton Airport from 1928 to 1952, but did not own the land. In 1948, he opened his own airport, at Eddington. In 1960, he began construction of the Langhorne field.