The Examination Committee of the competition to name the M-346 trainer selected the name “MASTER” for the new M-346 advanced trainer/Lead-In Fighter Trainer, entirely designed and built by Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica Company.The announcement will be made today by Ing. Carmelo Cosentino, Chief Executive Officer of Alenia Aermacchi, in the occasion of the annual meeting of the Members of the AERMACCHI PILOT CLUB, at the Circolo Ufficiali based in Centocelle Airport (Rome).The competition to name the M-346 was launched on 20 October 2008 and ended on 23 November, recording a large success. Over 4,000 entries were received from every corner of the world.The Committee, comprising the top management of Finmeccanica, Alenia Aeronautica and Alenia Aermacchi, examined the many proposals received and unanimously selected the name “MASTER”. This international name is the succinct embodiment of what the M-346 represents: the ideal tool to train the future jet pilots of the latest generation and at the same time the maximum level of training that a student can attain.The winners of the prizes have been chosen from the three most interesting motivations.The first prize goes to Mauro Petrolati, from Fiumicino (Rome), who will experience the thrill of a flight in the new M-346 advanced trainer, followed by visits to the Alenia Aermacchi factory in Venegono Superiore and to the Italian Air Force Museum at Vigna di Valle Air Force Base, near Rome.The second prize was awarded to James Szabadics. He wins a very long journey to Italy to visits the Alenia Aermacchi factory in Venegono Superiore and to the Italian Air Force Museum at Vigna di Valle Air Force Base, near Rome.The third prize was awarded to Giovanni Covella, from Chiari (Brescia) who wins a visit to the Alenia Aermacchi factory in Venegono Superiore.Alenia Aermacchi congratulates the winners and will be pleased to welcome them on-site at the company. We also hope that the chosen name “MASTER” will take the M-346 to new heights of success and recognition in international market.
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