He was president of the Chartered Institute of Transport and the West European Airports Association, and a founder of the Aviation Club, which provided a private forum for leaders on all sides of the air transport industry.When he left the chair of BAA in 1991, he retired completely – to enjoy gardening in the south of France and later in Guernsey.
He married, in 1946, Pamela Wallis, from whom he was separated in the mid-1980s but never divorced; she died in 2006.
2012 Season Made two Champions Tour starts and was scheduled to make a third appearance, at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, before withdrawing to attend the funeral service for Maria Floyd, wife of fellow World Golf Hall of Fame member Raymond Floyd.
Payne and his men curtailed the delay by cutting green timber from the jungle, transporting it to site by elephant, and building an instant bridge – which, to the Americans' surprise, readily took the weight of advancing tanks.
The unit went on to similar assignments in the Shan States to the east, where scattered elements of the retreating Japanese were still active.
Payne modestly described his experiences in Burma as "a bit hairy"; he was twice mentioned in despatches and was appointed MBE (military) in 1944.
Having been demobilised as a captain, he returned to study at Imperial College, taking first-class honours in Civil Engineering in 1949.The flotation was held back to allow British Airways to come to the market first, and then for the May 1987 general election; but it went ahead successfully in July 1987, raising £1.3 billion for the Exchequer.By that stage, Payne noted, he had dealt with 10 secretaries of state and 13 permanent secretaries, "and had good relations with all of them".He was also past retirement age, but his continuing presence reassured investors as BAA embarked on its new life in the private sector. BAA – and Payne personally – faced a storm of criticism over airport security following the Lockerbie bombing in December 1988.The ill-fated Pan Am Flight 103 had taken off from Heathrow, where the bomb had been loaded on board after transit from Frankfurt.By the time Payne succeeded as chairman of BAA in 1977, prospects for any large-scale new airport were, in his words, "remote".