Feature Story Saturday, January 17, 2015
Local stunt pilot Super Dave to be featured in new Airshow series set to begin on Discovery Channel January 26
Released by Erin Mussolum, Great Pacific TV/Submitted photos
Chilliwack pilot Super Dave Mathieson will be one of the stars of the new television series Airshow from the producers of Highway to Hell. Below, wingwalker Carol Pilon will also be featured in the first episode “Cleared for Take Off” on Monday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
rom the ground, it can look rather glamorous, but every year more airshow pilots are tragically killed than in any other job in entertainment. Pilots who survive on the airshow circuit need to be part salesman, part stuntman, and partly unhinged!
A 12-episode original Canadian series produced exclusively for Discovery AIRSHOW airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT beginning Jan. 26.
The series is the uniquely-told story of courage and danger in a world fueled by a volatile mix of skill, bravado, and science.
Using the latest camera technology to take viewers on an unforgettable ride, AIRSHOW is a perfect mix of eye candy and stomach-churning story, showcasing these incredible personalities driven to follow their dreams in pursuit of one of the most dangerous part-time professions on the planet.
Produced for Discovery by Great Pacific TV – the makers of the highly successful HIGHWAY THRU HELL franchise which is coming off a landmark season as the network’s most-watched of any series in the past four years – AIRSHOW reveals a world where crews know the harder they push, either on the ground and in the air, the more likely they are to succeed. But push too hard and they’ll crash. Money is always tight, and there are never enough bookings to pay the bills, as a steady stream of newbies are constantly trying to undercut the veterans. AIRSHOW follows the lives of pilots, performers, producers, and technicians through an airshow season, as they face breakdowns, bad weather, and each other’s egos, leaving viewers sure to ask themselves how this can be a job people are dying to do.
The exhilarating AIRSHOW experience continues at Discovery.ca with exclusive video, photo galleries, and episode information – updated throughout the run of the series. Viewers can extend their experience on mobile via the Discovery App, and join the AIRSHOW conversation on show-specific social platforms Facebook and Twitter.
Pilot Marcus Paine will be one of the featured fliers in the new Airshow series beginning January 26 on Discovery Channel. Below, Super Dave on the tarmac.
Watch a preview clip here. Highlights from the first two episodes:
“Cleared for Take Off”
Monday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
In the series premiere, a new AIRSHOW season begins with tragedy striking early. Former bush pilot and airline owner ‘Super Dave’ Mathieson has cashed in everything to chase his high-flying dreams. Piloting a half-million-dollar aerobatic plane, Mathieson is willing to risk it all to become an AIRSHOW star. Meanwhile, tornados threaten to destroy wing walker Carol Pilon’s vintage biplane before her season even gets off the ground.
“Light the Fires”
Monday, Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
The Patriots Jet Team, the only private, all-volunteer jet team in North America, fires up for its most ambitious AIRSHOW season ever! Owner Randy Howell hasn’t flown for the team in two years but is forced to climb back into the cockpit of one of the team’s jets just days before their first show. Meanwhile, superstar Sean D. Tucker struggles with thin air and deadly flying conditions on the edge of the Rocky Mountains.
AIRSHOW is produced by Great Pacific TV in association with Discovery Canada. Executive Producer is Mark Miller (HIGHWAY THRU HELL). The series producer is Neil Thomas (PYROS). Bruce Glawson is Production Executive, Discovery Networks. Edwina Follows is Director of Commissioning, Discovery Networks. Ken MacDonald is Vice-President, Programming, Discovery Networks.
Social Media Links
Discovery Canada on Facebook: facebook.com/discoverycanada
Discovery Canada on Twitter: twitter.com/DiscoveryCanada
AIRSHOW on Twitter:https://twitter.com/airshowtv
AIRSHOW on Facebook: here: https://www.facebook.com/AirshowTV
Scratch behind the controls of his plane in Airshow.
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