Chris Parker

Pilot. London, UK

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Pilot, sailor, photographer, geek!

Started flying in the RAF (1976) - Bulldog, Jet Provost, Gnat, Hawk, Harrier. Left the RAF to join the airlines - Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong (1988) - L-1011 Tristar, Boeing 747-400 and A340-200. Since 1996, back in the UK on the A330-300, A340-300 and A340-600 with Virgin Atlantic Airways. Converted to the Boeing 787 in August 2016. Forced to retire in December 2019.

Previously owned a 1980 turbo-normalised Beech A36 Bonanza, a PA-32R Saratoga and a 1947 Cessna 120. EASA/CAA light aircraft Flying Instructor FI(A). Qualified as RYA Yachtmaster in 2010. Gained the professional Remote Pilot Qualification - Small Unmanned Aircraft (RPQ-S) Certificate in 2015.

Completed RYA Day Skipper in 2006 and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore in 2010. Own a 2001 Oyster 56. Now retired and sailing round the world with the World ARC 2023-24.


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