Large open public park fields, or (at time of landing) inactive athletic fields are what I'm thinking about. Either way, places where some number of people could be encountered (but not hit, coming in to land).
Imagine the impact of putting a REAL LIVE Hang Glider AND it's Pilot, right in front of the public! And I'm not talking about just one glider landing in some High School soccer field. I'm talking about 1, then 2, then 3 or more gliders all coming in to land, one after the other, at the same public site. (always with safety in mind, thank you!)
What if the local paper, or even TV station was alerted to such an event as, or better yet - before, it took place?
I'm about as new to hang gliding as they come. Did my first 5 launches off of bunny hills and an aerotow / tandem to 4000' last Friday.
But being involved in skydiving for 5 and half years I feel I might have a little to contribute here.
Every year I'm involved with 8 to 10 skydiving demos for the general public. Most of these are done into the 18th fairway in front of the club house at golf courses. Every now and then we will fly the game ball in at a homecoming football game for a high school and we do demos at 2 different public sports complex as well. One of those is for a meet your public servants day - police officers, EMTs, firemen, nurses, etc... the other is on 4th of July followed by a fireworks show paid for by the city it's in.
Most of these demos are done on holidays or holiday weekends. Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, and 4th of July which is our busiest with 5 demos for that weekend alone for the last 3 years in a row.
There are waivers that can be filed with the FAA that will allow you to not have to abide by the everyday rules for flights for these special occasions.
Ground crews and radio communications with the drop plane are required up until the moment the skydivers exit the plane. Then it's up to the ground crew to keep the public out of the landing area and the wind direction clearly marked for landing. And normally there is plenty of local TV reporters and cameras around to record the event as well.
Now take that info and apply it to hang gliders. Aerotows could be a way to do it. You just need a small airfield near the demo. You would be surprised how may small public airports are out there. All of our waivers are filed 30 days prior to the event, and then a notam is filed 24 to 48 hours in advance of the demo. And depending on the classification of the airspace over the demo sometimes we are required to contact a control tower somewhere an hour before and an hour after the demo.
This could really be something worth looking into. The general public is normally in awe of anything in the air and the kids go crazy wanting autographs from everyone involved, skydivers and ground crew alike. I imagine their enthusiasm would be the same whether it is a skydiver under canopy or a hang glider pilot under a kite. I also suspect that a hang glider demo could last a little longer than a skydiving one.
I would be willing to help with ground crew duties anywhere in GA, TN, AL, and MS.