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Flying Scholarships - GAPAN
Sebastian Krzyzewski - Cadogan PPL, Megan Foley - George Dobson Memorial PPL, Will Hardy - Guild (GCT) PPL, Duncan MacDonald - Swire FI, Gary Hutchinson - Guild (GCT) FI, The IPM, Captain Wally Epton, Mark Green - Norman Motley FI, Tobias Radke - GYM Gliding, Cameron Brown - JOC, Louise Iveson JOC, Thomas Dean - CATS Groundschool Scholarship, Dean Foulds - IR Bursary
Early Delivery - Air Pilots
Captain Wally Epton, Immediate Past Master of the Guild, had presented the 40 year-old former Royal Navy winchman with his GAPAN Master Rear Crew Certificate in January this year at HMS Gannett, Prestwick.
At the time Wigfall had recently left the Navy to join the Coastguard service.
"The GAPAN Master Rear
Crew Certificate recognises those who have a direct airborne involvement in ensuring safe and effective aircraft operations and who has, in the opinion of the Court, displayed over a number of years those qualities of airborne capability, airmanship and character which have brought honour and respect to the profession" said Captain Epton
The Immediate Past Master - GAPAN
Wally Epton began his Royal Air Force career as an aircraft apprentice at Halton and completed flying training at the RAF College Cranwell.
He served for 20 years before retiring in 1978 as a Squadron Leader.
Tours of Duty with the RAF
included flying Strike/Ground Attack Canberras, C130 Hercules and HS125 Dominie navigation trainers.
Wally also flew as a display pilot with the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for 3 years flying Spitfires and Hurricanes, and was an early member of the Historic Aircraft Association.
Since retiring from the RAF, Wally has flown for the past 33 years as a business jet pilot concentrating on the Hawker 125 and Challenger CL-604 series worldwide.
currently holds UK, JAA and FAA ATPL's
with over 15,600 flight hours.
He is also an instructor at Farnborough Aero Club in which he teaches aerobatics in the Chipmunk, and has a share in a Tiger Moth.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and sits on various committees serving General and Historic Aviation.
The Master - GAPAN
Wally Epton joined the Royal Air Force in 1958.
Training as an Aircraft Apprentice RAF Halton and later as an Officer Cadet at RAF College Cranwell graduating as Flying Officer 1965.
From 1991 to 2004 Wally was Chief Pilot/Manager with RMC Group Services Ltd.
is currently self-employed as business aviation operations consultant and line training pilot.
Wally founded the Australian Business Aircraft Association (ABAA) in 1984 and organised the annual conventions and trade shows for 4 years.
He joined GAPAN in 1985 as an Upper Freeman and was invited to the Livery in 1995.
He was made a Master Air Pilot in March 2003, and elected Assistant to the Court 2004 and elected to Warden in 2007.
He is also a stalwart member of the Technical and Air Safety Committee of the Guild.
He has been a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society since 1998, and made Fellow in 2004.
Wally is Chairman of the Historic Aircraft Association, a member GASCO, CHIRP along with being GAMTA representative of the Guild.
He founded the Farnborough Operators and Residents Committee in 1997 (disbanded 2004) and is sitting member of Farnborough Aerodrome Consultative Committee.
Aviation Professionalism and Heroism Rewarded - GAPAN
"The GAPAN awards are particularly noteworthy because the recipients are selected by fellow pilots" says Captain Wally Epton, the Master of the Guild.
"All the GAPAN Award winners are an inspiration, not just to other pilots, but to those in every walk of life" says Captain Epton
3. Captain Epton, current master of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators, began his aviation career as an aircraft apprentice at RAF Halton and completed flying training at the RAF College Cranwell.
served for 20 years before retiring in 1978 as a Squadron Leader, having flown aircraft as diverse as the Canberra bomber, C-130 Hercules and, as a display pilot with the RAF Battle
of Britain Memorial Flight, Spitfires and Hurricanes.
For the past 33 years, Wally
has flown as a business jet pilot concentrating on the Hawker 125 and Challenger CL-604 series worldwide.
In addition to logging over 15,700 hours of flying time, he
is also heavily involved in the training of crews and in managing business jet operations.