According to his website, Buchanan was in the process of earning his Private Pilot license when he injured himself in a hang gliding accident in 1981, causing him to lose his ability to walk. He returned to flying nonetheless, and earned his private and commercial licenses. He accumulated more than 3,000 hours in hang gliders and sailplanes. He became a regular air show performer, and was licensed as a pyrotechnician, which allowed him to organize the special effects for his performances. Additionally, Buchanan partook in ATV racing, flat-water river kayaking and scuba diving.