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  • Bob
    Bob
    Aerophile
    • Jan 2000
    • 3593

    Discovery Channel - "Dangerous Flights"

    Starting on Discovery soon -
    DANGEROUS FLIGHTS is the real deal: a high testosterone action adventure series on the edge of aviations final frontier, starring the daring mavericks who risk their lives in the high-danger, no-holds-barred, high-stress business of aircraft delivery.
    http://www.dangerousflights.ca
    Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

    行雲流水

    Warbirdskies Blog
  • stangman
    Lost the plot
    • May 2006
    • 878

    #2
    Will Mr R.Weaver be on it i wonder.:diablo:
    "Everybody's doing it so why the hell should I ?" Black Sheep- Gin Wigmore

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    • Balloo
      Rank 4 Registered User
      • Apr 2011
      • 17

      #3
      As I'm now Canada based I got to see this last year.

      Unfortunately Mr W does not make a cameo appearance.

      If you can ignore the amateur dramatics, it can be quite interesting but they (presumably the production team) do try and make a mountain out of a molehill a lot.

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      • Bob
        Bob
        Aerophile
        • Jan 2000
        • 3593

        #4
        Bet it's not as much as the on-the-edge-of-your-seat stuff as Eddie Stobart's trucking series - will Tramper Steve make the 75 mile round trip to deliver his load in time? Will he overcome the traffic jams en route? Can he eat a bacon butty and drink a mug of tea?...

        Reality TV - what next, "Round the bend" - follow the rigours of being a toilet attendant? "Round the block" - see your postie at work....
        TV on the cheap - shove a dozen GoPro cameras around the workplace then make a series out of the resulting footage...
        Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

        行雲流水

        Warbirdskies Blog

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        • Balloo
          Rank 4 Registered User
          • Apr 2011
          • 17

          #5
          Bob

          You are not wrong on much of Dangerous Flights content, given your narrative on reality TV shows in general.

          As I said, some parts are interesting but quite a lot of it will make you want to pull your hair out. If you fully believe what you are being shown, there are also a few Weaveresque moments in there as well

          The owner of the ferry company is quite a "character" and his previous job as a used car salesman gives an understanding as to some of his priorities (not wanting to stereotype too much.....).

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          • stangman
            Lost the plot
            • May 2006
            • 878

            #6
            First episode pretty much as i expected. Overly dramatic ala Flying Wild Alaska and Ice Pilots. Every minor problem was escalated to the max, death is just around the corner!!
            Having said that the problems with the Cessna seemed quite worrying for a transatlantic flight.
            Still it fullfilled my desire to see more general aviation on the small screen some of the footage was gorgeous.
            "Everybody's doing it so why the hell should I ?" Black Sheep- Gin Wigmore

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            • Bob
              Bob
              Aerophile
              • Jan 2000
              • 3593

              #7
              The intro referring to ferry pilots as "cowboys" (of the new Wild West) probably hit the nail on the head with regards to one or two in the business!!!!

              I reckon by the time that Cessna gets to Poland there won't be an original part on it!!!!!
              Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

              行雲流水

              Warbirdskies Blog

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              • stangman
                Lost the plot
                • May 2006
                • 878

                #8
                Exactly i was wondering who pays for all the work that Cessna needed to get it to Poland, the customer,the ferry company!! or the person it was bought from.I think the lady from Poland should have got another pair of eyes on it before buying.
                Still it is flying and doing the job it was bought for.
                http://photos.skrzydla.org/2012-05-30/187701.jpg
                "Everybody's doing it so why the hell should I ?" Black Sheep- Gin Wigmore

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                • Balloo
                  Rank 4 Registered User
                  • Apr 2011
                  • 17

                  #9
                  It will be interesting to hear your comments after the Dornier 228 ferry from Canada to Ethiopia (I think).

                  That is if you manange to stick with the series that long.

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                  • John C
                    Man from the Ministry
                    • Jun 2004
                    • 743

                    #10
                    I think Ruprecht will have his own HBO mini series eventually.

                    Flying Wild Alaska had me shouting at my screen on more than one occasion...
                    Basic Flying Rules:
                    1. Try to stay in the middle of the air.
                    2. Do not go near the edges of it.
                    3. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.

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                    • ~Alan~
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Mar 2010
                      • 5010

                      #11
                      There does seem to be a glut of aviation related series on TV at the moment.
                      Dangerous flights possibly being the most cringe worthy.

                      I still prefer Ice Pilots
                      Engine Failure:.... A condition which occurs when all fuel tanks mysteriously become filled with air.

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                      • Bob
                        Bob
                        Aerophile
                        • Jan 2000
                        • 3593

                        #12
                        Well that South Sudan flight was interesting.

                        It needs some stolen borrowed satnavs, abandoned aircraft and unpaid hotel bills to bring it up to Ruprecht's standard. At the moment it is pretty lacklustre stuff - I wonder if Discovery read the Pprune thread on the ginger aviator and thought the world of ferry flying worthy of following?

                        It won't beat Ice Pilots that's for sure. Now that Ice Road Truckers have introduced a rather splendid Nu Yoik gal (did anyone see her bathe in hot springs at the end of last weeks episode?) it may get a few more viewers but even that makes me wonder just how far you caan stretch the suspense of driving over frozen lakes!!!
                        Under my gruff exterior lies an even gruffer interior...

                        行雲流水

                        Warbirdskies Blog

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                        • Balloo
                          Rank 4 Registered User
                          • Apr 2011
                          • 17

                          #13
                          It has been reported that the director of Dangerous Flights has been killed in Kenya whilst filming the latest series.

                          It appears it was pretty dangerous after all.......

                          http://www.calgaryherald.com/enterta...866/story.html

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                          • ~Alan~
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Mar 2010
                            • 5010

                            #14
                            What a great shame .
                            Engine Failure:.... A condition which occurs when all fuel tanks mysteriously become filled with air.

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                            • 27vet
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Nov 2009
                              • 2680

                              #15
                              I believe this was the accident (from ASN) :

                              RIP and condolences

                              Date: 24-FEB-2013
                              Time: 09:30 LT
                              Type:
                              Aeroprakt A-22 Foxbat
                              Operator: Laikipia Wildlife Forum
                              Registration: 5Y-LWF
                              C/n / msn: 239
                              Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
                              Other fatalities: 0
                              Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
                              Location: Near Lake Mickleson, Mount Kenya - Kenya
                              Phase: Initial climb
                              Nature: Survey
                              Departure airport: HKNL
                              Destination airport: HKNL
                              Narrative:
                              Crashed. Both occupants have been killed.
                              sigpicHindsight is what you see from the tailgunner's position...

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