Events

April 12, 2012

Dan Buchanan Hang Glider

David S. Ricker/Aerotech News and Review

The daytime version of the Dan Buchanan Hang Glider show has become a comical “screw-up” act. Buchanan’s “unscheduled” tow-launch into another aerobatic performers “act” starts the funny banter on the public address system between Buchanan, the announcer and the other pilot. The police are also chasing his tow winch vehicle on the runway and the airplane is buzzing Buchanan, all while he’s being winch towed to 1,500 feet. The aerobatic airplane will closely buzz Buchanan several times trying to get him to cooperate with the announcer and officials, as he shoots special effects from the glider in defense.

Buchanan is eventually allowed to finish his show, and the police car arrives to his landing spot at show center to deliver his wheelchair which he had left behind. Buchanan will taxi off stage holding onto the wing of the airplane or door of the police vehicle (all in 8-10 minutes).

“OTTO” the Helicopter and Buchanan also have a dual act and upon landing, OTTO then “sling-loads” his wheelchair to him.

Buchanan actually launches his glider from a moving winch trailer, driving down the runway at about 35mph with the flag, streamers and bright orange smoke trailing. He steadily tow-climbs to an altitude of 1,200 -1,800 feet while speaking live via a radio link to the audience. A variable tension winch on the launch vehicle can spin out up to 3,000’ of towline during his ascent.

Buchanan will perform a number of challenging “aerial water-ski turns” as the tow vehicle makes U-turns during his climb, for three laps in front of the audience.

Now, watch as he descends, wheels, circles and dives to a stirring musical accompaniment. During his graceful descent, smoke and streamers trail behind, punctuated with brilliant flashes and streaks of custom special effects.

An aerobatic plane will harassing Buchanan as he climbs, maybe even attacking and cutting off yards of his long wingtip streamers. All of the humorous radio transmissions between Buchanan and his aggressor are carried live to the audience.

Chasing the pesky airplane away with his “3rd world warbird impression,” Buchanan releases from the towline at altitude. He is now flying free as the tow-line and its small drogue chute are rapidly rewound back onto the high-speed electric winch.

Buchanan continues the fun by talking and waving to the crowd while landing smooth and slow right near the show line.

It’s now when the crowd discovers that Buchanan can’t walk as a police car with lights and siren screaming arrives or OTTO the helicopter delivers the wheelchair on a long line into his hand.

Buchanan’s unpowered hang glider (which he uses in the daytime act) and the motorized hang glider (which he uses for the night time act), are both designed by NorthWing in Wenatchee, Wash. Both are registered with the Federal Aviation Administration as experimental aircraft with N numbers because of the commercial entertainment work he does. Hang gliding has come a long way since the perilous 70s. Buchanan’s factory-built aircraft are rigorously engineered, stress tested and instruction is mandatory. He also holds a commercial glider pilot license, enjoying sailplane aerobatics and giving glider rides at Minden, Nev. when not on the Airshow tour.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Living in the New Normal

The Military Child Education Coalition, or MCEC, will be hosting Living in the New Normal Institute, Feb. 4-5. LINN-I is a free two-day institute outlining specific community resources, deployment information and practical strategies for encouraging resilience in all children. Some learning outcomes to expect from the training are differentiating affective aspects of children dealing with...
 
 
SoaringHeights_pict2

Retired military, current and retired federal civil service eligible to live on base

Soaring Heights Communities, located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, has opened select homes giving retired military, federal civil service employees, retired federal civil service and their families the opportunity to experie...
 
 

Local Briefs January 23, 2015

Claims notice for Technical Sergeant Christopher S. Byrd Technical Sergeant Christopher S. Byrd, formerly of the 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron, Osan Air Base, Korea, passed away 13 November 2014 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.  Anyone having knowledge of a claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Court Officer, 1st Lt...
 

 

Local Briefs January 16, 2015

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet January 19, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Dr. The January meeting will be on Monday, January 19. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. The...
 
 
AFAF_Minor_pict

AFAF to kick off in February

The annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off Feb. 2 at 78 Air Force and joint bases worldwide. The campaign, in its 42nd year, will be conducted for six-week periods through May 1. For more information about the Air ...
 
 

Local Briefs January 9, 2015

NARFE chapter 55 to meet January 12, 11 a.m. – Golden Corral The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Chapter 55, will hold their next monthly luncheon meeting on Monday January 12 at the Golden Corral, 4380 East 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85711. The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and ends about 1:30...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin