Jet Aviation’s annual La Bella Macchina to kick off Cavallino Classic and marks the company’s 50th anniversary year

January 10, 2017

Jet Aviation will mark its 50th anniversary at the 17th annual La Bella Macchina on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The invitation-only event kicks off the 26th annual Cavallino Classic, one of the world’s foremost and respected Ferrari concours.

Jet Aviation’s world-class fixed-base operation (FBO) at the Palm Beach International Airport will be transformed to exhibit a magnificent display of aircraft and iconic Ferraris.  Showcasing some of the most prestigious and recognizable names in aviation from around the globe, the evening is presented by Jet Aviation in collaboration with Gulfstream, Bell Helicopter, Dassault Falcon, Pilatus, Rochebobois and jewelry by Utopia and VanLeles. The soirée is held in conjunction with The Cavallino Classic and will feature up to 70 rarely seen, collectable Ferraris. Sant Ambroeus, the renowned New York and Southampton eatery with a new location at Palm Beach‘s Royal Poinciana Plaza, will provide a selection of Milanese hors d’oeuvres at the event. Additional sponsors for the evening include World Fuel, Phillips 66, Rimowa, Business Jet Traveler, Daniel Marshall Cigars, Triton Submarine, Opulence International Realty, SAKS Fur Salon, Hinckley, Nolet’s, Chai Rum, Fever-Tree, Tito’s Vodka, E.J. Gallo Winery, and The Dalmore. 

The focus of La Bella Macchina is to raise awareness and financial support for children’s non-profit organizations. This year’s proceeds from the silent and live auctions will benefit The Center for Creative Education (CCE) in Palm Beach County. The strong partnership between Jet Aviation and the CCE has created unique opportunities for children involved in CCE’s Discover Series, a three-year visual arts program available to children in the Palm Beach community at little or no cost. In December, a group of children from CCE visited Jet Aviation’s facilities, touring the FBO with the manager of customer service and exploring jets on the premises. The excursion provided an engaging, first-hand experience of the world of aviation. The children asked questions on everything from aviation statistics to technical logistics and came away with a new appreciation for aviation.

“I enjoy introducing the world of aviation to young, creative individuals and igniting a passion that could inspire a future career,” said David Paddock, SVP and General Manager of Jet Aviation U.S. Aircraft Services.

For the evening of La Bella Macchina, students, aged 11 to 12 in their third year of the Discover Series, are creating a number of mixed-medium sculptures inspired by their tour of Jet Aviation’s facilities. The replicas and interpretations of aviation created by the individuals in the class will be on display throughout the FBO during the event.

“Our partnership with Jet Aviation has provided an incredible intersection of art, science and technology for children involved in our Discover Series at the CCE,” stated Robert L. Hamon, CCE’s President & CEO. “Not only was it a unique opportunity for the students to tour the Jet Aviation facility, but to see and walk through these incredible aircraft provided both a point of reference and the inspiration for the work they were doing in the classroom. We appreciate this truly unique opportunity that it provided to our students.”