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London, England, August 8, 2012 – The rivalry between private jets and helicopters will intensify again in September – not in the air but on the ground – with the second ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’.

Teams from London Executive Aviation (LEA), one of Europe’s largest business jet charter operators, and top helicopter charter business RotorMotion, will resume their on-field rivalry at Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club (Surrey) on Saturday September 1 this year. The event is again being sponsored by leading manufacturer Embraer Executive Jets.

George Galanopoulos, LEA’s managing director and team captain, says: “We narrowly lost to RotorMotion in last year’s inaugural ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’, so this year we’re determined to claim victory. The LEA team has been training hard and competing at events such as the Duke of Essex Polo Trophy 2012. We’re ready!”

A member of Ascot Park Polo Club, Galanopoulos has taken to the sport at speed, becoming an avid player over the past five years. His rival captain – RotorMotion’s managing director Philip Louis Amadeus – is a Hurtwood member and has been playing for over 15 years.

Amadeus says: “George may sound confident but we are determined to win too! It’s a friendly rivalry and it was our mutual love of the sport that drove us to launch the ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ last year, which was a great success.

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

Embraer Executive Jets’ European sales director Simon Burrows adds: “The first ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ was a huge success, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended. We’re delighted to sponsor the event again this year to demonstrate our continuing support for the business aviation community.”

Gates open at 15:00, with the match itself beginning at 16:00. A traditional Argentinean asado (barbecue) and drinks will follow the match, alongside live music entertainment into the evening.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’, or book a free place on the event guest list, should contact Sarah Orson at:

Image: London Executive Aviation (LEA) managing director George Galanopoulos (front right) in action during last year’s inaugural ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ against RotorMotion at Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club. The 2012 event takes place on September 1.


For further information:

Barry Dunstall
80:20 Communications
Telephone: +44 20 7664 6310

Marc Cornelius
80:20 Communications
Telephone: +44 20 7664 6310

Notes to Editors:

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:

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: 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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