Dan McLaren has been providing, professional, air show sound and communications, full time, for over 24 years. We are pleased to offer you one of the finest air show / special event sound and communications system in North America.
Included in our package are the announcing services of Dan McLaren. Dan will work with your primary narrator to ensure that your sponsors receive their well-deserved recognition. He will also cover announcing duties while your principle commentator attends the briefing, etc. Safety and informative announcements will be made continually during the pre and post-show periods.
Mach 1 Productions also has an extensive library of theme music, marches and anthems to provide entertainment for your audience throughout the day.
Mach 1 Productions is proud of our flexibility. No two Air Show sites are the same. We know that and provide a custom set up for each site. Equipment is constantly upgraded and all systems are totally redundant. We have supported numerous Military show sites and aware of the special requirements of working in a secure and changing environment.
All of the services mentioned above are provided to you for the quoted fee. Our only non-inclusive requirement is that you provide two rooms and car from the day of arrival through the final day for your event. There are NO mileage fees.
In 1988, Molson Breweries of Canada was organizing an air show program. This included a state of the art support vehicle that would tour North America promoting Molson. Inside the unit were a VIP lounge area and a mobile sound system that was capable of handling large outdoor events. After extensive interviews with Molson and the project manager, McLaren applied for the position with the Molson Canadian Air Show Tour, was accepted and managed the program until it ended in 1993.
At the start of the 1994 season, Dan purchased the sound equipment from Molson and formed Mach 1 Productions. A new trailer was purchased with an announcer platform/ air boss control center mounted on the roof. New radios were also added to make the package complete. McLaren takes pride in continually upgrading and adding to his equipment to ensure exceptional service.
During his tenure with Molson, McLaren gained extensive knowledge of the air show industry. He became widely recognized within the industry for his dedication to perfection and his ability to adjust to rapidly changing events.
He was made an honorary member of the Canadian Forces Skyhawks Parachute Team by the commanding officer of the Canadian Airborne Center. This was followed by an appointment to the position of Honorary Colonel in the Rhode Island National Guard. Most recently, he was appointed as a member of the Honorary Snowbirds Society, by a panel of former Snowbird Team Leaders. The Snowbirds are Canada’s world famous military air demonstration team. In August 2001, after a long association with the unit, Dan became an Associate Member of the 419th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron. He is a long time member of the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), serving on their Board of Directors from 2001 until 2012. Dan was the Chairman of the Board for the 2010-2011 Season. He is also a life member and past President of the North East Council of Air Shows (NECAS).
In the spring of 1992, McLaren obtained his pilot license at the Brampton Flying Club. Since obtaining his license, he has been able to fly with various performers to get a first-hand feel of air show performing. Flying aircraft such as the Extra 300, DC-3 and Russian L-39 jet, has given him an even greater appreciation for aviation and the air show performer. He has flown in the aircraft with the US Army Golden Knights, Canadian Skyhawks, British Red Devils and US Navy Seal parachute teams and watched, from a totally different perspective, their precision displays.
The year 2000 saw a change of location for Dan and Mach 1 Productions. Dan and Martina Chapman, an air boss and air ops coordinator, have moved to their new home in the country just outside of the city of Hamilton. 2001 saw the completion of a new maintenance facility and shop at their acreage in Troy Ontario.