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Rock star Kenney Jones to present inaugural trophy

London, England, August 5, 2011 – Leading manufacturer Embraer Executive Jets will be sponsoring the inaugural ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’, with legendary rock drummer Kenney Jones presenting the winners’ trophy.

The event is being organised by London Executive Aviation (LEA), one of Europe’s largest business jet charter operators, and top helicopter charter business RotorMotion. The two rivals for aerial supremacy will for once be competing on the ground, with a team from each company taking to the field at Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club (Surrey) on Saturday August 20 this year.

Embraer Executive Jets’ European sales director Simon Burrows says: “We are always eager to support the business aviation community and strengthen relationships with our leading customers like LEA. The company already operates a charter fleet including six Embraer Legacy 600s and two Embraer Legacy 650s, the largest non-fractional Legacy fleet in the world. We can’t wait to help LEA expand with further additions.”

George Galanopoulos, LEA’s managing director and team captain, adds: “We’re delighted Embraer – one of the most prestigious names in the industry – will be sponsoring the ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’. We’re equally thrilled another ‘big-hitter’, Kenney Jones, will be presenting the trophy. Let’s just hope he’s presenting it to me!”

Alongside his stellar music career with bands including ‘The Who’, ‘The Faces’ and ‘The Small Faces’, Jones is a helicopter pilot, an avid polo player and, indeed, the owner of Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club.

Galanopoulos’s rival team captain, RotorMotion’s managing director Philip Louis Amadeus, is a Hurtwood member, and says: “It’s great Kenney will be joining us. I’m also pleased to say one of our RotorMotion Agusta A109E Power helicopters will be on show at the event. We operate the largest charter fleet of these wonderful helicopters in the UK, and probably in Europe.

“We’re inviting everyone involved in the business aviation industry along, with their partners and children, to share the day with us.”

Gates open at 12:00, with the match itself beginning at 13:00. A traditional Argentinean asado (barbecue) and drinks will run through until 16:00. Robert Burke, a highly respected polo coach and, appropriately, a former test pilot, will be commentating on the match and explaining the rules for novices.


Photographs to accompany this story can be found by clicking on these links:

Image One: Preparing to take to the field of battle: George Galanopoulos, managing director of London Executive Aviation (left), and RotorMotion’s managing director Philip Louis Amadeus, will meet on Saturday August 20 in the inaugural ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’.

Image Two: Kenney Jones, legendary rock drummer, avid polo player and owner of Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club, will be presenting the winners’ trophy at the London Executive Aviation (LEA)/RotorMotion ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ on Saturday August 20.

Image Three: RotorMotion’s managing director Philip Louis Amadeus in action.

For further information:

Barry Dunstall
80:20 Communications
Telephone: +44 207 664 6310

Marc Cornelius
80:20 Communications
Telephone: +44 207 664 6310

Notes to Editors:

London Executive Aviation is one of Europe’s largest executive aircraft charter operators. Under the company’s worldwide air operator’s certificate (AOC), award-winning LEA operates seven fleet types of business jet, ranging from the entry-level Citation Mustang to the transatlantic Falcon 900EX, covering a spectrum of business aviation needs. LEA operates seven bases around London. The company was founded in 1996 and is owned by its management. More information can be found by telephoning LEA on: +44 (0)1708 688420 or visiting: LEA can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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, email: or visit: RotorMotion can also be found on Facebook here.

Embraer S.A. is one of the world’s leading executive jet manufacturers. It offLers a comprehensive portfolio with seven aircraft 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:

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