"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.