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Péter Besenyei

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 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] Besenyei retired from the Red Bull Air Race at the completion of the 2015 season.

Contents

  • Achievements 1
  • Honors 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Achievements

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

  • 1996 - "Gold Medal of the President of the Republic of Hungary" by President Árpád Göncz[3]
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
1st

1st
6 2 1st
2004
3rd

3rd

3rd
12 0 2nd
2005
1st

2nd

2nd

1st

3rd

4th

4th
32 2 2nd
2006
3rd

1st

2nd

CAN

3rd

DQ

2nd

2nd

1st
35 2 2nd
2007
1st

5th

1st

5th

CAN

3rd

3rd

4th

4th

6th

CAN

7th
31 2 3rd
2008
4th

8th

5th

CAN

6th

4th

5th

7th

CAN

7th
34 0 5th
2009
10th

4th

DNS

10th

4th

8th
24 0 8th
2010
3rd

10th

11th

10th

8th

9th

CAN

CAN
21 0 10th
2014
10th

11th

7th

7th

7th

12th

12th

12th
6 0 11th
2015
7th

13th

12th

6th

6th

8th

12th

13th
9 0 12th

[3]

Legend:

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

See also

References

  1. ^ a b
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c d e f

External links

  • Péter Besenyei Official Site
  • Péter Besenyei (Official Fan Page)
  • Biography at Budapest Pocket Guide website
  • Red Bull Air Race World Series official website
  • Aerobatics website with Péter Besenyei videos
  • The Story of Péter Besenyei on Youtube
  • The Story of Air Show Unawatuna Beach, Sri Lanka
Sporting positions
Preceded by
none
Red Bull Air Race World Series Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Kirby Chambliss
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