What many people don't know, (but I am in the know) Is that all the pilots on the Il-62 fleet with Aeroflot back in the 80's/ 90's were Soviet Hand Gliding champions. Cpt. Egor Kristovich (who more than likely is piloting the a/c in this picture) Was the undisputed Russian Gliding Champion from 1986-90.
Due to his heavy workload with the national carrier, he only managed every second Thursday in the month for glider practice - to be a champion, this was not nearly enough - so in order to maintain his talents he received clearance from the Russian aviation authority to use some light practice when operating commercial flights, hence the above picture would be Kristovich 'showing off' his talents at 32,000 ft with all engines shut down, this rare occurrence was only approved during day time flying and when the Capt was making visual approaches to his destination.
Krishovich no longer flies with Aeroflot, his talents are no being utilized by Ryanair as Michael O'Leary wishes to spearhead a new initiative within his airline to add further savings to FR
's accounts -
It was announces this morning that Cpt. Kristovich and an Irish pilot by the name of Ciaran O'Brien will begin test flights on 738's with 1 LTR fuel tanks. This will allow FR
burn fuel only on take-off and glide the remainder of the flight,to their destination.
If you wish to learn more, please drop me a line.
Aviation has a 100% record, we've never left one up there......