Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, is pleased to honour ‘The King' of Golf, Arnold Palmer, for his contribution to business aviation at a trophy presentation during the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention in Orlando, Florida, today.
Mr. Palmer has been an avid pilot and prominent advocate of business aviation for more than 50 years and the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Pennsylvania is named in his honour.
His relationship with Rolls-Royce began in 1996, when he became the first customer to take delivery of the Cessna Citation X business jet, powered by the Rolls-Royce AE 3007C engine. He then became the first operator of the Rolls-Royce AE 3007C1 engine when he upgraded to a new Citation X in 1999, an aircraft he still flies today. Throughout this time, he has used Rolls-Royce CorporateCare® service to maximise engine availability.
In recognition of Mr Palmer's role as an ambassador for business aviation, Rolls-Royce presented him with a mounted AE3007C Citation X fan blade in a ceremony held at the Rolls-Royce stand on the first morning of the NBAA show.
Scott Shannon, Rolls-Royce, Executive Vice President, Civil Small & Medium Engines, said: "Over the past 50 years Arnold Palmer has had an immensely positive impact on both the world of golf and business aviation. He has consistently extolled the virtues of the use of private aircraft which have enabled him to enjoy a global career.
"From the outset of his relationship with Rolls-Royce, Mr. Palmer has been a CorporateCare® customer, trusting us to deliver excellence just as he has delivered excellence in golf. Rolls-Royce itself celebrates a 50th anniversary this year, recalling the debut of ‘Power-by-the-Hour' in our engine maintenance services, so it is fitting that we honour Mr. Palmer today. We wish him continued success in all his endeavours."
Rolls-Royce is the world's leading manufacturer of corporate aircraft engines and, through its CorporateCare® programme, operates the most comprehensive corporate aircraft engine maintenance management programme available for new and in-service Rolls-Royce BR725, BR710, Tay and AE 3007 engines.