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.