By 1982, he became the youngest member of the aerobatic national team. In the same year, all the male members of the aerobatic team were killed in a plane crash. Péter was the only member of the Hungarian Armed Forces’ national team who was not allowed on the plane. As it turned out later, fate could have it this way, because tragically the plane with nine members of the national team crashed into the mountain. The tragedy took a toll on him and left its mark on his training for years.
After that, Peter Besenyei started at the Austrian National Championship, where he won all events. He excelled in the air at terrifying speeds and performed flying maneuvers previously thought impossible. His name also includes the knife-edge spin and the inverted flat spin.
At the 1990 World Championship, he won a silver medal with the oldest Zlin Z-50 machine and also received the factory’s special award.
He then worked for almost ten years at the Budaörs Central Airport of the Hungarian Defense Forces as a pilot trainer and in-flight pilot, then at Jet Stream and Indicator Rt. as a pilot.
In 2001, the owner of Red Bull asked him to develop the concept of an independent air race. He became part of the design of the Air Race and was the first to test the air gate-based course, and during this period he became the face of the Red Bull energy drink. With the help of Peter Besenyei, the event also reached the international stage of the world championship series. In his debut season in 2003, the flying legend won the overall first place. The competition series was organized from 2003-2019.