Svetlana Kapanina is a beautiful queen of the skies, a very skilled extreme aerobatics Pilot from Russia. She does it with extreme ease, no strain visible during most of the maneuvering. The world behind her turns around upside down but she remains relaxed. In this video Svetlana Kapanina is performing at Sochi Olympics 2015 with an Extra 330 LC RA-1568 (G).
Kapanina was World Aerobatic Champion in the women’s category in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2011 and has won the title more times than any other pilot in the category. Additionally, she was overall World Air Games Champion in 1997 and 2001.
Svetlana Kapanina Extreme Aerobatics (Video)
Together with Mikhail Mamistov and Oleg Spolyansky, she won the team gold medal in the 16th FAI European Aerobatic Championships 2008 in Hradec Králové (Czech Republic). She placed fourth overall and was best female participant.
In 1997, she received the Paul Tissandier Diploma by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale . In 2005 she was awarded the Sabiha Gökçen Medal and the Centenary Medal by the FAI.