Performance and Handling Capabilities Key Issues
World champion aerobatic pilot Peter Besenyei has added yet
another Extra Aircraft to his collection with the recent addition
of a custom-made Extra 300S.
The aircraft, specifically built for Besenyei, features enhanced
controllability and a boosted engine built by world-renowned engine
tuner Monty Barrett, according to Extra Aircraft founder and
engineer Walter Extra.
"I chose this new Extra 300S because of its superior performance
capabilities," said Besenyei. "Precision is key in this type of
dynamic sport racing, and Extra has produced an aircraft that
Besenyei will fly his new Extra EA-300S in a number of Red Bull
Air Race events taking place in 2005. The first race will be in Abu
Dhabi on April 8.
"Peter is one of the finest aerobatic pilots in the world," said
Extra. "With his ability and the unique performance characteristics
of this new 300S, Peter will continue to push the envelope on what
can be accomplished in an aircraft."
Besenyei, a three-time Aerobatics World Champion, is the creator
of the Red Bull
Air Race, which is a new form of aerobatic competition which
combines speed and precision in flying. Pilots fly a designated
track between two pylons and must perform set maneuvers, with the
goal of flying the course in the shortest amount of time with the
A national hero in his native Hungary, Besenyei is a 10-time
Hungarian national aerobatics champion and 16-time sportsman of the
year. He drew international attention in 2001 when he flew his
Extra 300S inverted under the famous chain bridge in downtown
Extra Aircraft is a premier aircraft manufacturing company
headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., with a manufacturing plant in
Germany. Founded in the 1980s by veteran aerobatic pilot Walter
Extra, Extra Aircraft became a U.S.-owned and -operated company in
2003. The Extra product line includes five highly specialized
models: the EA-200, EA-300L and EA-300S, aerobatic aircraft, as
well as the EA-400 and EA-500, business and touring aircraft.