The popular docuseries “The Aviators”, which can be weekly on most public television stations across the country, will continue soaring onto viewers’ television screens again this fall as it gears up for its fourth season. From the snow-blanketed plains of the northeast to the arid flatlands of the southwest, the producers of The Aviators happily traverse the continent in search of thrilling new experiences for its viewership—which averages 10 million Americans weekly. Season 4 will be available to PBS affiliates throughout the US this September; viewers can check local listings for specific airdates.
Filming for season 4 began as The Aviators join forces with NAV CANADA, which operates the country’s civil air navigation service (ANS). The team was invited to Pearson International Airport in Toronto to be part of the exploration and development of ongoing accuracy testing procedures, the results of which are destined to become part of the Instrument Landing Systems utilized in many major airports.
“There’s nothing like standing on the runway of the busiest airport in the country while getting buzzed by a CRJ at 50 feet, flying at 200 knots!” said Aviators’ Producer and Host Anthony Nalli. “The way our filming schedule is shaping up for this season, I’ll tell you that viewers can expect some bold moments, engaging flying, and terrific television.”
During the show’s recent shoot in Arizona, viewers take to the air with a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a four-engine heavy bomber developed for 1930s combat. They also get a privileged look at the fierce 1970s A-10 Thunderbolt II and the legendary SR-71 Blackbird courtesy of the United States Air Force.
The Aviators crew also visited the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Official Collegiate Partner of The Aviators, for some insight into the complexities of aviation training. And spring segments will lead them to Embry-Riddle’s Daytona, Florida, campus.
“Aviation is a fascinating genre. We never get tired of chasing new subjects and finding famous aircraft to follow into the clouds. It’s an honor to have been invited into the elite spaces we’re been able to take our cameras, whether on government property or in the company of prestigious aerial show masters,” said Nalli. “We’re excited to move from base to base this year, exploring different geographies in a quest for the next amazing segment.”
Fans can follow The Aviators’ Facebook and Twitter Page for behind the scenes action clips, as pilots Sara Rependa, Kurtis Arnold and Nalli, in addition to the newest member of the cast, airline pilot Joe Ellis, make their way across the continent, searching everywhere under the sun for unique and exhilarating aviation subject matter. Season 3 of the series is now available on high-definition Blu-ray and can also be found on iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video.