SKYRANCH – After 25 years working devotedly as a staple in the Airshow community and a member of ICAS, the OTTO Pilot Roger Buis says, “You’ve got the flight controls,” to Brendan O’Brien of O’Brien’s Flying Circus in the United Kingdom.
Roger and Pauline joined ICAS in 2000, and during their time at the controls of OTTO, they toured the world taking OTTO to new heights by adding a patriotic night show, the first US helicopter-glider tow with Bill Barber Award recipient Bob Carlton, and an aerial transfer with Art Scholl and Bill Barber Award recipient John Mohr and Todd Green.
With Roger as the pilot, he truly did make those rotors dance as OTTO lit up the skies and entertained airshow fans all over the US, the UAE, Mexico, Canada and Australia. With OTTO, Roger and Pauline are the proud recipients of the Art Scholl Award for showmanship.
OTTO’s previous pilots include Art Scholl Award recipient Craig Hosking and Bob Hosking. Bill Barber Award recipients, OTTO with Bob and Annette Hosking state, “We are proud of the job that Roger and Pauline did with OTTO for the past 15 years.”
Roger and Pauline are excited that the OTTO will continue to perform and entertain at airshows in the UK and around the world as Brendan O’Brien takes the flight controls of OTTO, the helicopter with its own personality and legacy.
Brendan is a renowned airshow pilot and commentator and will surely add his own spin to OTTO. “We look forward to seeing OTTO’s rotors continue to dance in the skies.
“We will miss the many airshow fans and producers that we have met over the years. We have had many blessings that have added many chapters to our life story, states Pauline.” Roger is now working for the FAA, and Pauline continues her dedication to teaching English and coaching debate. They look forward to spending more time with their grand angels and checking things off their bucket list.”
“Thank you for the memories!!!!!”