February 7, 2011
The Aviators and The Flightline Provide Quality General Aviation Content
Can a pilot overdose on aviation content? Like most pilots I would classify myself as an aviation addict. I feel like I have an endless thirst for quality aviation content. Until recently I addressed this addiction through hangar flying, blogs, podcasts, videocasts, and magazines (both printed and now digital). However, the influx of quality broadcast and cable programming focused on aviation is threatening my non-aviation existence.
Recently I reviewed Discovery Channel's new show Flying Wild Alaska which follows the extreme operations of Alaska's ERA Airlines. The show debuted as the most watched premiere in the networks history. Many have pointed out that Flying Wild Alaska is Discovery Channels answer to Canada's History Channels wildly successful Ice Pilots NWT which recently kicked off it's second season. National Geographic Channel didn't want to miss out, they released an interesting three-part series focused on aviation in Alaska called Alaska Wing Men.
Two aviation related production you might have missed is The Aviators and The Flightline. The Aviators is a Canadian produced show that covers general aviation in North America. The show which is produced by pilots is meant to inspire anyone that has ever gazed skyward, entertaining pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. The weekly magazine-style show airs on select Public Broadcasting Service stations. However, if you can't find it in your area you can subscribe to watch the show online ($14.99). Starting this week the show is also available online through Hulu. They have announced based on their success thus far they have already begun taping season two which will begin airing in September 2011. However, You can still enjoy the final two episodes in February and the archive of shows online or via Hulu.
The Flightline covers aviation events and stories in the midwest. They capture stunning high definition footage from inside and outside the cockpit of a variety of aircraft including vintage warbirds, modern military aircraft and general aviation aircraft. The first season of The Flightline aired on the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis. As they prepare for a second season they are looking to expand their reach to neighboring midwest states. You can view some of their great footage on their website and vimeo.
Having too much quality General Aviation content to consume is a problem I am enjoying dealing with.Posted by Todd McClamroch at February 7, 2011 6:12 PM