After almost two years in the making, aviation enthusiasts, pilots, and everyone fascinated with the wonder of flight will finally have their chance to see the new weekly magazine-style television series “The Aviators” broadcast for the first time. The show will premiere on Canadian network television Saturday morning, Sept. 4, at 11:30 a.m. and will also be broadcast in the United States on Public Broadcasting Stations starting as soon as next week in some markets (viewers should check with their local PBS stations).
The series, created by John Lovelace (former host of “Wings Over Canada”) and produced by FourPoints Television Productions, showcases the people, places, and planes of North American aviation and stars real-life aviators Sara Rependa, Kurtis Arnold, Jeff Lewis, and Anthony Nalli (also the show’s executive producer and narrator).
Episode one features segments on the Tiger Moth biplane, the U.S. Air Force’s mammoth C5M, an interview with Miracle on the Hudson hero Jeff Skiles, a flat spin survivor, and AirVenture, one of the largest air shows in the world.
“The Aviators is designed to be both entertaining and educational” said Nalli, “It really is all-things-aviation: As we say, ‘For everyone who has ever gazed skywards’.”
Throughout the season The Aviators will take viewers behind the scenes to show how airline pilots train, how planes are built, and how air traffic control works. The show will feature interesting people, the latest aircraft, the coolest technology and the best fly-in destinations, according to producers.
The series has also been picked up by Discovery Channel Asia for broadcast in early 2011 and discussions are under way with networks in several other countries. “We’re thrilled by the number of broadcasters eager to air the show,” continued Nalli. “There’s obviously a demand for intelligent, entertaining aviation television and broadcasters and viewers are excited that it’s finally here.”
Previews for The Aviators can be found at TheAviators.TV.