23.07.2013

Aviation Leaders Compete In Third Annual ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’

London, England, 23 July 2013 London Executive Aviation (LEA), one of Europe’s largest business jet charter operators has locked wings with two other aviation companies in the most successful Aviation Polo Challenge to date.

Held on Saturday, 20 July 2013, at Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club in Surrey, the round-robin tournament featured three closely fought pro-am matches between LEA, top helicopter charter business RotorMotion and Stobart Air, the operator of London Southend Airport and Carlisle Lake District Airport.

The Aviation Polo Challenge was founded in 2011 by LEA and RotorMotion. LEA team captain and managing director George Galanopoulos says: “Thanks to the welcome addition of a third polo team from the Stobart Group, this year’s Aviation Polo Challenge has topped expectations. With a turnout of more than 300 visitors, the event has become a key summer fixture for the business aviation community. We are of course extremely grateful to the day’s sponsor, Embraer Executive Jets, for its fantastic support for the third year running, and for providing us with a spectacular, family-friendly day.”

Team captain Philip Louis Amadeus, managing director of RotorMotion, says: “One of the joys of the Aviation Polo Challenge is that it develops great relationships. Although we operate in a fiercely competitive industry, we all make the most of this very pleasurable opportunity to strengthen our businesses partnerships on the ground.”

Stobart Air was victorious in the Challenge, with a total of eight points. Team captain of Stobart Air, Edd Stobart, says: “We are delighted to have been invited to compete in the Aviation Polo Challenge. It’s great to see so many families coming together to enjoy an exceptional day’s polo in glorious sunshine. We are, of course, also very happy with the outcome and look forward to next year’s Challenge!”

The winner’s trophy was presented by Embraer’s Simon Burrows and veteran English rock drummer Kenney Jones. In addition to having an exceptional music career with bands including The Small Faces, The Faces and The Who, Jones is a helicopter pilot, a passionate polo player and the owner of Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club.

Saturday’s attractions also featured sumptuous barbeque-style cuisine from a traditional Argentinean asado, tempting many visitors to linger into the evening over a glass or two. Live music was provided by the Funkadelics.

See Aviation Polo Challenge 2013 photo album

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