Back by Popular Demand: "The Aviators" Launches Season Four on PBS and iTunes

Top Quote As the non-fiction action series returns with Warbirds, Aerobatics, Sailplanes and the Goodyear Blimp, fans are now able to immediately download episodes on iTunes. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 18, 2013 - Oshkosh, WI - The Aviators TV series is back with more action and compelling aviation features than ever before - including segments on warbirds, aerobatics, sailplanes, the Goodyear Blimp, and many others. The adventure docuseries returns to PBS starting on September 16th - viewers should check local listings for specific airtimes. As part of the fourth season launch, fans are able to immediately download season four episodes from the Apple iTunes store so more people can experience The Aviators than ever before.

    In the new season of The Aviators, the program stays true to its original tradition of exploring the boundaries of the aviation world, while adding some new elements to the mix.

    Warbirds are back by popular demand including segments on the SR-71 Blackbird and WWII fighter the F-4U Corsair. The crew also switches things up with segments on military choppers, bringing viewers aboard a two-bladed, single engine Cobra, an attack helicopter formerly used by the United States Army, in addition to the famous UH-1 Huey.

    Bringing an entirely new dimension to the adventure, the program breaks free from traditional airplanes, even engines, as it takes on sailplanes and the current, historically relevant transformation of the Goodyear Blimp. The pilot episode of the season, which will be made available for free on iTunes, shows off the spunky FLS Microjet, and the death-defying stunts of aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker.

    "We're excited to move from base to base this year, exploring different geographies in a quest for the next amazing segment," says show creator and executive producer, Anthony Nalli. The cast and crew made over a dozen stops to airfields across North America in this season alone, and also checked out Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida to learn what's new in the world of aviation education.

    Viewers can also expect changes in the cast for this year. Anthony Nalli and Kurtis Arnold return as veteran hosts for the season while adding a few new, yet familiar, faces for the season including airline pilot Joe Ellis and air show announcer Rob Reider - who climbs aboard to deliver the series' 'Tip of the Week.' The newly diverse cast is well equipped to cover every possible angle of the aviation experience. While Nalli is the self-proclaimed "everyman" flying enthusiast, Arnold brings years of flying and air traffic control knowledge. Each and every cast member carries with him hundreds of hours of flight experience.

    The crew has already begun filming for season five of the hit series. It's announcing that one segment that will feature the incredible Breitling Jet Man, Yves Rossy. Updates on episode productions in progress can be followed on the show's Facebook page.

    The Aviators boasts viewership in no less than 100 countries, and has aired on 85% of PBS affiliates. Since the series first became available to iTunes in 2011, it trended as one of the top downloaded shows in the first week. Last year's immensely successful debut rocketed the third season to the #3 position on the iTunes charts, sparking the climb of seasons one and two, placing all three seasons in the non-fiction Top 10 at the same time in company with 'The Daily Show,' 'Top Gear' and 'Mythbusters.' Seasons can be downloaded either by the episode, or as an entire season in HD quality. Details behind each of the 13 episodes of season four, as well as episodes in previous seasons, can be found at www.TheAviators.TV.

    About The Aviators:
    The Aviators is an award-winning weekly TV series featuring interesting people, the latest aircraft, the coolest technology and the best fly-in destinations. It's action, intensity, and adrenalin mixed with education, entertainment, and beauty. The Aviators is about all things aviation - for everyone who has ever gazed skyward.

    Fans can follow The Aviators' Facebook and Twitter Page as cast members make their way across the continent, and catch up on previous seasons on high-definition Blu-ray, as well as on iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video.

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