Meet the Challengers: Daniel Genevey

The Hungarian pilot joins the 2017 Challenger Class

Daniel Genevey

Daniel Genevey has joined the Challenger Cup for the 2017 season and brings with him a wealth of aviation experience. He is a commercial airline pilot, a mechanical engineer and a member of the Hungarian Aerobatic Team who has competed at the European and World levels.

Genevey lives in Budapest, but he has seen plenty of the world. He grew up in Guadeloupe and started aerobatics with model airplanes. He then moved to mainland France for his engineering degree, and to the USA, earning a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech University. As a mechanical engineer, he collaborated on rocket engines for use by the European Space Agency. Whilst doing all this he also acquired his Commercial Pilot's Licence and joined Air France, where he is a first officer.

Genevey won the French National Advanced Aerobatics Championship in 2011. He subsequently chose to compete under the flag of his new home country, Hungary, where he had been conducting all of his aerobatics training. 

As a member of the Hungarian Aerobatic Team, he contends at the highest level, Unlimited, and he is ranked among the top 10 European pilots in only his second year in the category. Across his aviation pursuits, he has flown more than 5,500 hours, but racing in the Challenger Class will be a new experience.

"I am well aware of how demanding this new dimension of flying can be," said Genevey. "Now is the best time for me to make the further step I have always dreamt of: getting involved in the Red Bull Air Race and discovering another world of performance and competition. This will definitely be the biggest challenge of my career as a pilot."

Genevey is yet to test his mettle against the other Challenger Class Pilots, but he will get his first taste in San Diego on 15-16 April. Tickets are still available, so don't miss out, get yours HERE.