While most aerobatic performers have one basic program, Kent Pietsch performs three different acts that leave spectators mesmerized. The most dramatic is a performance where he begins by turning the engine off at 6,000 feet in altitude then ends with a rooftop landing on a moving RV! The most well known is Kent’s comedy act where he detaches a wing flap during flight and makes a mesmerizing wingtip-scraping pass down the runway that you must see to believe. When Kent is at the controls of his plane, it is impossible not to watch him perform.
Kent Pietsch fell in love with flying when he was four years-old and his passion continues five decades later. Kent grew up in Minot, North Dakota, where every day after school, he’d find a way to get to the airport, and do whatever it took to get into an airplane. Kent loves to fly, but the audience is always his number-one priority. “If you can’t entertain, you have no business being out there,” he said. “The gratification is in knowing that people are enjoying themselves.” Kent’s humble nature and willingness to interact with fans make him a crowd favorite wherever he performs. The airplane Kent Pietsch flies an 800-pound Interstate Cadet with a 37-foot wingspan. The plane’s engine can generate 90 horsepower and can pull from 5Gs to negative 3Gs.