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London, England, August 25, 2011 – London Executive Aviation (LEA), one of Europe’s largest business jet charter operators, and top helicopter charter business RotorMotion are together celebrating the success of the inaugural ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’.

In a closely fought pro-am match, including three Argentinean professional players, a late goal from the RotorMotion team secured a 6-5 win over LEA. Everyone agreed, however, that the event itself, sponsored by leading manufacturer Embraer Executive Jets, was the real winner.

Victorious captain Philip Louis Amadeus, RotorMotion’s managing director, said: “As a long-term polo player, I’m delighted we could use the sport to bring the business aviation community together for a day enjoyed by all. Over 200 people came along, including many families, which was fantastic, and it’s hard to say which part of the day people enjoyed most – the match itself or the wonderful barbecue-style food from the traditional Argentinean asado. Actually, the children probably most enjoyed clambering around in one of our RotorMotion Agusta A109E Power helicopters.”

Amadeus’s rival captain, LEA’s managing director George Galanopoulos, added: “Today would not have been possible without Embraer. At LEA, we already operate a charter fleet including six Legacy 600s and two Legacy 650s, so we know Embraer is a great company, and their support for this event proves the point.

“And now we can’t wait for the rematch! We’re already making plans for a second – and even bigger – ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ next year. We’ll be setting the date soon and inviting other teams to compete.”

The match between the two rivals for aerial supremacy took place at Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club (Surrey) on Saturday August 20. The winners’ trophy was presented by legendary rock drummer Kenney Jones. 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.


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

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

Image Two: The presentation ceremony at the inaugural ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ on Saturday August 20. Kenney Jones (centre), legendary rock drummer and owner of Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club, presented the winners’ trophy to Philip Louis Amadeus, captain of the RotorMotion team (right), after a hard-fought contest with the London Executive Aviation (LEA) team (left), led by George Galanopoulos.

Image Three: London Executive Aviation (LEA) managing director George Galanopoulos (front right) in action during the inaugural ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ at Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club on Saturday August 20.

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Barry Dunstall
80:20 Communications
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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 offers 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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