Peter Besenyei piloted an airplane for the first time when he was 15 years old. During his more than 50-year flying career, he has flown nearly nine thousand hours on more than fifty types of aircraft. Its aerobatic demonstration program is a combination of classical and individual aerobatic elements; a kind of improvisation. He always chooses the next figure according to the current situation. Each presentation is different, he never flies exactly the same, but its character and style are unmistakable ‘Besenyei’. He has already won gold medals in the absolutely free program at the European Championships, the World Championships, and the World Cup. His aerobatics show is considered by experts to be one of the best – if not the best – in the world.

Below are the types of machines he used most often.


Peter Besenyei started flying at the age of 15 with the Hungarian Góbé type plane designed by the elder Ernő Rubik.

The R-26S Góbé is a two-seater, two-rudder, metal-built training glider. It was designed at the beginning of the 1960s in the Esztergom Factory Unit of the Pestvidéki Machinery Factory under the direction of Ernő Rubik.

Machine suitable for beginner training and basic performance flying. It can also be used for instrumental training with additional equipment. It is suitable for practicing corkscrewing, but cloud flying and aerobatics cannot be performed with the machine. It can also be launched by winching and aircraft towing.

Zlin Z-50

Peter Besenyei flew the oldest Zlin 50 plane at the 1990 World Championships, with which he won a silver medal and received a special award from the factory for his fantastic performance.

In the fall of 1973, Zlín Aircraft decided to develop a new cantilever, low-wing, single-seat aerobatics aircraft. The prototype OK-070 flew for the first time on July 18, 1975. The Zlín Z-50 made its competition debut at the 1976 World Aerobatic Championships

Extra 330

Peter Besenyei presented his repainted Extra 330L at the Farkashegy airport on April 24, 2001. The machine shone in Redbull colors, thanks to the new sponsorship contract.

Walter Extra has always looked at aviation from his own special perspective. As one of the world’s most successful racing pilots, in the 1980s he decided to design and build his own aircraft. What started as an experimental one-man operation has since grown into an international success story. Today, this initiative has become the championship-based EXTRA line of aircraft, including the EA-200, EA-300L, EA-300LP, EA-330LT, EA330LC, EA330LX and EA-330SC aerobatics. Each design masterfully combines performance and economy with the pure joy of flying.

Corvus Racer 540

The Corvus Racer 540 is a single-seat, low-wing, high-performance aerobatics aircraft manufactured by Corvus Aircraft Ltd in Hungary.

Design of the Corvus Racer 540 began in 2007, when Corvus Aircraft signed a contract with Red Bull to develop a new aircraft specifically designed for air racing for Peter Besenyei. It was designed by András Volosczuk and the Hungarian Aviation University.

The Corvus Racer 540 was first shown at AERO Friedrichshafen in Germany in April 2009, with initial flight tests in February 2010 and its competition debut at the Red Bull Air Race in Windsor in June 2010.

Edge 540

Peter Besenyei presented the Zivko Edge 540 machine in 2015. In previous years, he flew with the Corvus Racer, which was the most beautiful in the field, but he regularly lost a few seconds in the tight rounds, which is why he could not fight for the victory. The aerobatic world champion pilot held a press conference at the Hungaroring, during which he landed his new plane at the finish line of the Mogyoród race track.

Péter Besenyei competed with this plane in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship until his retirement. The machine later became the property of Martin Sonka.