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Pilot: Dan Buchanan | Aircraft: Hang Glider

Award winning air show performer, Dan Buchanan, is bringing his night show to SBD Fest. Yes...a night show! After dark is really spectacular experience and a new feature of SBD Fest 2017. Dan's night show takes flight on Saturday, October 21, 2017.


This incredible night show has the entire fabric wing glowing and flashing, combined with the brilliant "special effects", creating a dazzling display that even Disneyland would be proud of!  Dan sets his motorized hand glider ablaze with amazing pyrotechnics, lights and music! (Dan's night-time aircraft is a motorized hang glider, enabling him to perform over locations not at the airport)


The quiet glider, the stirring music, low airspeed and close performing area makes this a vey unique and unforgettable experience.


It doesn't always have to be octane fueled and 350 mph to have a good time flying!! Dan Buchanan knows this better than most!


Dan was a New York & Connecticut home builder and flat-track motorcycle racer; then moved to Lake Tahoe, CA where he enjoyed the thrill of flying off mountain tops. He was getting his Private Pilot License when in 1981, he had a spinal injury landing a hang glider in bad weather that he shouldn't have even been flying in. Losing his ability to walk, he returned to college to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, landing him in Silicon Valley, CA.


Despite this new handicap, Dan returned to the thrill of flying within six months, and since then his tenacity and adventurous spirit has allowed him to accrue more than 2,900 hours of flight time in Hang Gliders and Sailplanes. Completing his Private and Commercial Pilot License as a wheelchair user, his motorless recreational flights are typically 3-6 hours long, thermal soaring as high as 18,000 feet over the western deserts and mountains.”


Like we say at SBD Fest, "Flight Inspires!" Come on out and get inspired by Dan Buchanan this October!

SBD Fest 2017


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