Coming Soon -- Aviation For Your TV

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Summer is still in full swing, but soon enough the days will get shorter, and if there's time for TV, you'll find some new options to help ensure you get your aviation fix. The Aviators, which has been in the works for a while now, is a new magazine-style broadcast series that will debut on PBS stations nationwide in September. The producers premiered their first episode at EAA AirVenture last month. The weekly program mainly aims to attract a general audience and will feature profiles of interesting aviators, new aircraft, cool technology and beautiful fly-in destinations. For viewers who are already pilots, safety tips and career advice will also add to the mix. Also, the documentary film Barnstorming will debut on PBS this fall. The film tells the true story of the lifelong friendships that grew between a farm community and the two pilots who landed in an open field one summer day.

Filmmaker Paul Glenshaw and pilot Andrew King spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about the Barnstorming project at EAA AirVenture recently. (Click here for the podcast.) Glenshaw also talks about an interesting new aviation documentary he has in the works using restored archival footage from the early 1900s. Another film that debuted at EAA AirVenture this year was Pearl, the story of a 12-year-old Chickasaw girl who befriended Wiley Post in the 1920s and became the youngest certificated pilot in the U.S. The film will be shown at various venues around the country this year (see the website for the schedule), but the producers are also taking advance orders for the DVD online.