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‘The Aviators’ coming to PBS

The broadcast premiere of The Aviators, a new, weekly magazine-style television series, will take place this September on PBS; many of the 356 public television stations across the United States are expected to carry it this fall.

But pilots attending EAA AirVenture can attend the world premiere of the first episode on July 30 at 6 p.m. at the Theater in the Woods. An encore presentation is scheduled July 31, also at 6 p.m. at the Theater in the Woods.

The media got a sneak preview of the show earlier in the week. The first episode features segments on the Tiger Moth biplane, “Miracle on the Hudson” co-pilot Jeff Skiles, flat spins, the Air Force’s mammoth C-5M transport, and AirVenture itself.

The series also will air on Canada’s Global Television Network and CHEK-TV; and the show’s producers said discussions about possible broadcasting in Europe and Asia are under way. Episodes will be available on The Aviators website.

A lot of effort goes into producing the polished broadcast segments, said Anthony Nalli, executive producer of the series. “We could shoot, easily, an hour and a half or two hours for a five-minute segment,” he explained.

The show is accompanied by a website and a digital magazine that offers supplemental information to broadcast segments. More information on the series can be found on The Aviators website.

Mike Collins

Mike Collins

Technical Editor
Mike Collins, AOPA technical editor and director of business development, died at age 59 on February 25, 2021. He was an integral part of the AOPA Media team for nearly 30 years, and held many key editorial roles at AOPA Pilot, Flight Training, and AOPA Online. He was a gifted writer, editor, photographer, audio storyteller, and videographer, and was an instrument-rated pilot and drone pilot.

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