Close Calls: “The Aviators” Is Set for Takeoff! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anthony Nalli   
Thursday, 24 February 2011 10:13

Well, it’s been almost two years in the making, and the amount of work involved has been incredible, but I’ve loved every single second of it! I was beaming with pride when we had the opportunity to finally present “The Aviators,” the new and highly anticipated weekly magazine-style television series that I and others have been working on, to thousands of aviation enthusiasts and pilots for the very first time.

The world premiere of “The Aviators” was held at the Theater in the Woods during the 2010 EAA AirVenture at the end of July. More than 5,000 excited viewers were in attendance to watch the inaugural showings of “The Aviators.” The response from the crowd was universally positive, which gave me (the show’s executive producer) a sense of contentment like I’ve never felt before.

The first episode features segments on the Tiger Moth biplane and the United States Air Force's mammoth C5M, an interview with Miracle on the Hudson hero Jeff Skiles, a piece on a flat-spin survivor, and a segment on AirVenture itself. The first season of the series was made possible by the support of aviation companies, including Mid-Continent Instruments of Wichita, Kan., and Zaon Flight Systems of Addison, Texas, and the cooperation of North America’s largest aviation organizations, AOPA and EAA.

“The Aviators” was a hit at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Annual Meeting held in May in Austin, Texas, and is expected to air on many of the 356 PBS stations across the United States starting this fall. For broadcast information, viewers are encouraged to contact their local PBS station (contact information can be found at

We’re thrilled by the excitement within PBS surrounding the show and are very pleased by the number of stations across the country eager to air it right away. There’s obviously a demand for intelligent, entertaining, aviation television, and stations and viewers are telling us that they’re energized knowing that it’s finally here.

“The Aviators” can also be seen across Canada on Saturday mornings on the Global Television Network, as well as on Wednesday and Saturday nights on CHEK-TV. Talks are well underway that will make it possible for “The Aviators” to be broadcast across Europe and Asia in early 2011.

Preview videos and behind-the-scenes photos can be seen on the show’s web site at, which will also host a special online members’ area, where complete episodes can be viewed online. Additionally, you can also read our exclusive digital magazine, which expands on stories from the TV show and much more.

In producing the shows for the first season, we had the chance to visit a number of wonderful places across North America and have been welcomed by many amazing people. We’ve been fascinated by the stories that have been shared with us, and we hope that you take pleasure in our retelling them to you week after week.

For the cast and crew of “The Aviators,” though, it’s back to work. On to season two!

Enjoy the show.

Fly safe(r).

From the November 2010 issue of Cessna Owner