Péter Besenyei

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The native form of this personal name is Besenyei Péter. This article uses the Western name order.
Péter Besenyei
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Born (1956-06-08) June 8, 1956 (age 58)
Nationality Hungary Hungary
Racing career
First race 2003
Best position 1st (2003)
Aircraft Corvus Racer 540
Website
besenyeipeter.hu
Péter Besenyei piloting Extra 300S

Péter Besenyei (born 1956) is a renowned Hungarian aerobatics pilot and world champion air racer. He was born on June 8, 1956 in Körmend, Hungary. He lived near the airport of Budapest and became interested in flying when he was a child. From watching 1962 World Aerobatic Championships he decided to become a pilot. At 15 years of age he flew a glider for the first time. In 1976 Péter entered his first flying competition[1] by piloting a glider and showed his talent, finishing in second place.

Péter Besenyei became an aerobatics pilot and won several titles in national and international championships. He won his first gold medal in 1982 at the Austrian National Championships.[2] His specialty is free-style aerobatics. He invented a number of original snap rolls and, in 1984, the "knife-edge spin". In 1995 Péter Besenyei won 2 gold and 2 silver medals and he was named the most successful aerobatics pilot of his time.[1] In 2001 Besenyei flew upside down under the Széchenyi Chain Bridge,[3] that spans the river Danube in Budapest, a maneuver that became a standard in air races today.

Besenyei is sometimes referred to as the godfather of the Red Bull Air Race because of his work helping develop it.[3] He was asked, in 2001 by Austrian energy-drink company Red Bull, to help develop the concept of an air racing competition. With enthusiasm he helped set up the rules and regulations and carefully selected the most daring pilots, with skills and courage, to handle the extreme physical and mental challenges of the air race. The first race was held in 2003 in Zeltweg, Austria. After two years the competition became a worldwide organization of Red Bull Air Race World Series.

He is currently a test pilot[3] for the Hungarian Aviation Office and a flying instructor for aerobatic pilots on Zivko Edge 540. Péter enjoys car racing, skiing, sky diving, fishing, and photography.[3]

Achievements[edit]

1982
  • Austrian National Championships – overall winner
1990
  • World Aerobatics Championships – 2nd
1993
1994
  • World Champion of the Compulsory Program
1995
  • European Champion Freestyle
  • European Champion of the Compulsory Program
1998
2000
  • World Champion Freestyle
2001
  • FAI World Grand Prix Series 1st
2003
2005

Honors[edit]

  • 1996 - "Gold Medal of the President of the Republic of Hungary" by President Árpád Göncz[3]
Hungary Péter Besenyei
at the Red Bull Air Race World Series
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points Wins Rank
2003 Austria
1st
Hungary
1st
6 2 1st
2004 United Kingdom
3rd
Hungary
3rd
United States
3rd
12 0 2nd
2005 United Arab Emirates
1st
Netherlands
2nd
Austria
2nd
Republic of Ireland
1st
United Kingdom
3rd
Hungary
4th
United States
4th
32 2 2nd
2006 United Arab Emirates
3rd
Spain
1st
Germany
2nd
Russia
CAN
Turkey
3rd
Hungary
DQ
United Kingdom
2nd
United States
2nd
Australia
1st
35 2 2nd
2007 United Arab Emirates
1st
Brazil
5th
United States
1st
Turkey
5th
Spain
CAN
Switzerland
3rd
United Kingdom
3rd
Hungary
4th
Portugal
4th
United States
6th
Mexico
CAN
Australia
7th
31 2 3rd
2008 United Arab Emirates
4th
United States
8th
United States
5th
Sweden
CAN
Netherlands
6th
United Kingdom
4th
Hungary
5th
Portugal
7th
Spain
CAN
Australia
7th
34 0 5th
2009 United Arab Emirates
10th
United States
4th
Canada
DNS
Hungary
10th
Portugal
4th
Spain
8th
24 0 8th
2010 United Arab Emirates
3rd
Australia
10th
Brazil
11th
Canada
10th
United States
8th
Germany
9th
Hungary
CAN
Portugal
CAN
21 0 10th

[3]

Legend:

  • CAN: Cancelled
  • DNP: Did not participate
  • DNS: Did not show
  • DQ: Disqualified
  • NC: Not classified

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Peter Besenyei Aerobatics Pilot". budpocketguide.com. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Besenyei Peter" (in Hungarian). rtl.hu. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Peter Besenyei". redbullairrace.com. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
none
Red Bull Air Race World Series Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Kirby Chambliss