London, England, September 3, 2012 – London Executive Aviation (LEA), one of Europe’s largest business jet charter operators, is celebrating victory over top helicopter charter business RotorMotion in the second annual ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’.
Held on Saturday, September 1 at Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club in Surrey, the pro-am match saw a nail-biting finish, as the LEA team staged a dramatic comeback in the final chukka to secure a 6-4 victory.
LEA team captain and managing director George Galanopoulos says: “As a passionate polo player, I am delighted the sport enables us to bring so many industry colleagues and friends together for a day of family celebrations. This year’s match was a real tussle, so the crowd saw some first-rate action from both teams. With the addition of delicious barbecue-style food from the traditional Argentinean asado, and a selection of RotorMotion’s superb Agusta 109 helicopters to admire, there was definitely something for everyone to enjoy.”
With the day’s emphasis upon family fun and entertainment, other attractions included a wooden polo pony, giving guests an opportunity for a taster polo lesson, and a raffle to win a helicopter flight, through which a large sum was raised for the ‘Children in Need’ charity appeal.
Rival team captain Philip Louis Amadeus, managing director of RotorMotion, says: “Once again, we are indebted to Embraer Executive Jets as the day’s sponsor. Embraer is a great supporter of business aviation in so many ways and without the company’s involvement we would not be able to stage such a successful event.
“The record turnout of over 300 people and a party atmosphere that continued well into the evening shows how popular the ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ has become with the business aviation community. Along with LEA, RotorMotion is committed to the event as an annual fixture and, of course, we look forward to regaining the trophy from LEA next year!”
The winners’ trophy was presented by legendary rock drummer and Hurtwood owner Kenney Jones. Famous from his involvement with bands including the ‘Small Faces’, the ‘Faces’ and ‘The Who’, Jones is a helicopter pilot and avid polo player.
Image 1: London Executive Aviation (LEA) managing director George Galanopoulos (fourth from right) shows off his team’s ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ trophy, presented by rock legend Kenney Jones (fifth from left), while RotorMotion managing director Philip Louis Amadeus (extreme left) enjoys the celebrations.
Image 2: London Executive Aviation (LEA) managing director George Galanopoulos (left) and RotorMotion managing director Philip Louis Amadeus fight it out during the match.
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Founded in 1996, London Executive Aviation (LEA) is one of Europe’s largest executive aircraft charter operators, with 16 successful years in the international business aviation market. LEA operates a 25-aircraft business jet fleet based around London, Paris, Nice and Moscow. The fleet ranges from the entry-level Citation Mustang to the Embraer Legacy 650, covering a spectrum of business aviation needs. The company is owned by founders Patrick JG Margetson-Rushmore (chief executive) and George C Galanopoulos (managing director). LEA has twice been named Best General Aviation Operator in the Baltic Air Charter Association’s Excellence Awards. The company provides the full range of business aircraft services – management, chartering, consultancy and sales. More information can be found by telephoning LEA on: +44 (0)1708 688420 or visiting: www.flylea.com.
Based just south of London, RotorMotion operates a fleet of modern Agusta 109 twin-engine helicopters, the fastest helicopters available for hire. The company was formed in 1997 and is managed and owned by Philip Amadeus. When you can fly from The London Heliport (Battersea) to the Paris Issy-les-Moulineaux Heliport, close to the Eiffel Tower, in just 80 minutes, why fly by jet? For further information about the company, please call: +44 (0)1737 823700, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.rotormotion.com. RotorMotion can also be found on Facebook here.
Embraer S.A. is one of the world’s leading executive jet manufacturers. It offers a comprehensive portfolio with seven aircraft, ranging from the entry-level to the ultra-large segments, that are designed to meet the most diverse demands with comfort and privacy, permitting greater work productivity and saving valuable travel time. These jets are supported by an extensive service center network, worldwide. For more information, visit: www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com.
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