Mikhail Mamistov – The First Flight (RU)

When I was 5 years old, I had seen an interesting movie about military pilots of the 2nd World War, and I decided to become a pilot.

Reading books about military pilots increased my desire to become a pilot.

In school, I studied the basics of aerodynamics and piloting in “Teenage Space club”.

In 1982, I read a great article about the Overall World Champion Victor Smolin and understood that aerobatic is the most interesting kind of flight.

In parallel to studying the physics in University, I began to fly at the air club on the Yak-52. My first aerobatic competition was in 1987 on a Yak-52, and in 1988 I started to fly a Yak-55.

After short working in a nuclear physic laboratory, in 1990 I started to fly as a pilot-instructor at the air club on Yak-52.

In 1993 I started to fly in Russian National Team in the Su-26, and since 1996 I am a pilot-instructor of the Russian National Team.

In 1995 I started to fly on aerobatic glider, the same year I took part at my first international competition of FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) – World Glider Aerobatic Championships.

From 1994 till the present time, I had some not bad results at the competitions:

  • 2 x Overall World Aerobatic Champion (Unlimited category) – 2001, 2011
  • 5 x Overall European Aerobatic Champion (Unlimited category) – 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2016
  • 2 x Overall World Glider Aerobatic Champion – 1995, 1997
  • Overall European Glider Aerobatic Champion– 1996
  • Overall Winner of the First World Air Games in Glider Aerobatics – 1997
  • Overall Winner of the Second World Air Games in Power Aerobatics – 2001
  • Ten times Overall Russian Aerobatic Champion – 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Winner of Freestyle at the World Aerobatic Championships 2003

On the official competitions of FAI from 1995 till the present time I have won 46 gold, 32 silver and 15 bronze medals.

When I control the plane during aerobatic flight, my own body gives me the feeling of the real freedom in 3D space.

We can study aerobatics infinitely and improve the quality of flights infinitely because this makes for me aerobatics the most interesting kind of activity.