Red Bull Air Race Spielberg 04/2016 Peter Podlunšek

Peter Podlunšek is the first Slovenian pilot ever to compete in the Master Class. He has been the top aerobatic pilot in his country for many years and expanded his skillset to air racing when he joined the Challenger Cup in 2014. In his second year in the Challenger Cup he claimed three podiums and the runner-up position in the Championship. In a final post-season training assessment, Podlunšek secured his Unrestricted Superlicence and an invitation to take on the best pilots in the world.

Born in the town of Trbovlje, Podlunšek was fascinated by aviation from an early age and earned his licence to fly gliders at 16. He began flying motorised planes at 21 and took up aerobatics just three years later.

In his first national aerobatic championship, Podlunšek captured third place in the highest category, and he has been amassing medals ever since. Renowned for delivering dynamic runs packed with variety, he has won the Slovenian National Championship eight times, represented Slovenia in the World and European Championships, and triumphed at numerous other international competitions. In two decades of flying global airshows as well as competitive events, Podlunšek has clocked more than 1,800 flight hours, 1,000 of them in aerobatics.

With his move to the Master Class, Podlunšek is concentrating not only on his racing skills, but also on tailoring his newly acquired Edge 540 V2 raceplane to suit his style of flying, as well as on leading a race team for the very first time.

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