11 NOVEMBER 2013
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Caryll Waterpark, for many years Sales Director of CSE Aviation at Oxford Airport when that company was Britain’s leading general aviation operator, has passed on at the age of 87. With 11,000 hours in his log book, a massive total for a non-airline pilot, he had enormous experience of all types of planes and was responsible for the first certification of a Learjet and the introduction of Embraer into the UK.
Caryll’s flying career was unique. In getting on for 70 years flew 158 types, ranging from single to multi-engined piston, turboprop to jet, gliders and helicopters to seaplanes and flying boats.
He was educated at Eton and commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1944. He was a leading light in The Air Squadron, a network of like minded aviation types, flyers all of them.
He is survived by his French wife of 62 years Danielle, by his children Caroline, Juliet and Rory (BA pilot) and by his sister Pat. Caryll Waterpark was great fun, scaring a young extremely inexperienced PPL on one occasion in the notoriously difficult to fly Piper Twin Comanche. “You have command”, he said. And off the aircraft veered to the left!
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