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The Aviators television series is an educational and informational show, that shows the viewer what the world of flying looks like in every single detail. It goes into detail all the various aspects of the job of flying all types of aircraft. From small private propeller airplanes, up to and including the commercial jumbo jets. It also covers all military aircraft as well.

The Aviators series also investigates the training, language and job demands of the Air Traffic Controller. The various hosts of The Aviators series were Kurtis Arnold, Sara Rependa, Jeff Lewis and Raeleen Ranger. All these people are pilots of one form of aircraft or another. They are fully trained to explain to the viewers the entire world of flying, and surviving crashes.

On one episode the viewer was shown how to escape from an aircraft, which is upside down in the water. The language that pilots, and air traffic controllers use is explained in the show, so it doesn't sound like a complete foreign language. The viewer is actually taken inside the cockpit of all types of aircraft. The various types of military aircraft, and the pilots of these aircraft are put on display for the viewers.

The training and experiences that military pilots have to have, before they ever get into the cockpit of their aircraft is explained. The series also investigates how these planes are made. Even the private luxury jets, owned by millionaires, are looked at in detail in this series.

The series also looks deep into the world of aircraft mechanics, baggage handlers and stunt pilots. The Aviators series also interviews women and their experiences as aviators. The Air Force Blue Angels pilots are even interviewed. The show also interviews the announcer at stunt shows.

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6 Seasons, 75 Episodes
September 4, 2010
Cast: Anthony Nalli, Kurtis Arnold
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  • We explore the vision that gave rise to the 'everyman's airplane' and examine the revolution in Piper designs from its traditional structure to modern construction. So watch the Cub ROAR and the Piper soar as we celebrate what is perhaps one of the most recognized airplanes in general aviation. Taking a comprehensive look at the origins, revisions, and ultimate success of this truly sensational and accomplished aircraft - The appropriately titled Super Cub!

  • What is skytyping? See it accomplished with five aircraft flying in impressive formation, emitting biodegradable vapor puffs in a dot matrix pattern to create what is known as the original the sky. Afterward we feature the Sonex Jet which started as a pet project of founder John Monett who's always wanted a personal jet, and what he developed was a tiny plane with a big impact!

  • We focus on the flying unit known as Tuskegee Airmen, who served as the first African American flying unit to see action in World War II and meet the Tuskegee Airmen Glider Demo Team who fly TG-7A motorgliders which are basically a combination of wings from the SGS 1-36, the tail of the SGS 2-32, and a Lycoming O-235-L2C engine on the nose.

  • Introduction to the Very Light Jet category of aircraft - The Eclipse 550, the new production twin-engine jet from Eclipse Aerospace. With the ability to fly at altitudes up to 41,000 feet and a max cruise of 430 mph, all while consuming a mere 59 gallons of fuel per hour, the Eclipse 550 is the most efficient twin-engine jet on the planet. Then we visit Embry Riddle for a lesson in why turning back for the runway is commonly fatal in the event of engine failure while Anthony considers his options in a forced landing simulation with an unexpected turn on take-off.

  • We listen in on some aerial dialogue between air traffic control and our resident pilot, Kurtis, as he navigates through both the departure and arrival procedures within an airport and its airspace as well as consult with the voice in the tower to explore the aspects of flight from the point of view of Ground Control and learn more about the complexities of life as a Ground Controller.

  • Although Space is often associated with the future, reaching new heights, and the unknown, NASA can also be traced back to very rich historical roots established more than 50 years ago. As the ultimate form of ground breaking flight, throughout history NASA has conducted countless 'out-of-this-world' research and exceeded the limits of our planet to make the unknown universe more familiar and easily accessible.

  • We catch up with the Rusty Pilots Initiative as they reignite every pilot's fire in their attempts to help former flyers with their return back into the sky. Then we meet a pilot whose passion has never lessened thanks to the versatility of his dynamic Aviat Husky utility aircraft designed to sharpen the skills you may have lost by offering numerous capabilities, achieved mostly by your sense of adventure.

  • Does it sometimes feel like your airplane has a mind of its own? Well get ready to be prepared for the unpredictable as we visit Stallion 51 for an introduction to their Unusual Attitude & Upset Recovery Program. Using an L-39 Turbojet we demonstrate the educational procedures designed to help give you a head start when your aircraft takes a turn for the worst.

  • She may have been born without arms, but this extraordinary pilot has managed to earn her wings by flying with her feet - Meet Jessica Cox, the world's first licensed armless pilot who has spent her whole life proving that her disability hasn't limited her. Then stay tuned as we meet Dez Lightbody, a flight instructor and proud owner of the very first airplane in history designed specifically for aerobatic maneuvers - the Pitts Special.

  • If you didn't think there's much of a difference between flying a helicopter and a fixed wing airplane watch as Anthony puts his training wheels back on for a stab at the chopper./Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes detail their one-of-a-kind performance.

  • We fly well above first class in the kind of super elite style experienced by only A-list celebrities, fortune 500 executives, and heads of state./You CAN get there from here, but how? Kurtis explains how pilots figure out which way to point their planes.

  • Tires are one of the most overlooked parts of an aircraft so we highlight the importance of a plane's rubber./Check out the view of Vancouver Harbour from the tallest air traffic control tower in the world./They say flying is safer than driving. We look at the incredibly tight processes that make that possible.

  • Surprise! Anthony gets an unexpected opportunity to fly a brand new turboprop-driven aircraft./3 jet engines, 48,000 horsepower, and over 350 miles per hour, this land-based vehicle puts competing airplanes to shame!

  • The highs and the lows of an industry that has become an essential part of our lives.

  • We showcase Rich Gibson, the man behind some of the most explosive airshow spectacles./Kurtis, Sara, and Anthony debate the merits of their favorite bomber planes.

  • We examine the impact of the Second World War on aviation./A historic look at the attack on Pearl Harbor and how a live reenactment helps tell the story.

  • We go inside a fully operational aircraft cabin simulator to demonstrate a few safety scenarios in response to some in-flight situations./Kurtis, Sara, and Anthony debate the merits of their favorite fighters.

  • The world's best, Sean D. Tucker, takes us through his gut-wrenching act turn by superhuman turn./Anthony learns the hard way that a flight attendant's job is more than just serving coffee and peanuts.

  • Pulling back the curtain to reveal never before seen footage with a collection of outtakes that uncover what's been hidden from the public until now.

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