In classic aerobatic competitions, Peter Besenyei always competed in the unlimited category. Among the participants in these competitions, the best 12 competitors could take part in the aerobatics world cup, where Peter Besenyei was also selected. For more than 10 years, the competitions were held in Japan, Asia, America, Canada and many other places where the four-minute program was flown to music. The competition series had a good response both among the competitors and the audience. Peter took first place overall in 1997-98 and first place individually in 2001.
Towards the end, fewer and fewer local sponsors supported the competitions and there were no prominent main supporters. This caused an increasing headache for the competition director, Jean-Louis Monnet. Seeing this, around 2000, Peter Besenyei – who was already a Red Bull competitor at the time – met Dietrich Mateschitz, the director of Red Bull. He mentioned stepping in as a sponsor and having a Red Bull Aerobatic World Cup.