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July 30, 2012

The Weather Channel Soars Ahead with “Plane Xtreme”

The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) announced today that it has greenlit “Plane Xtreme,” the latest original series in the network’s growing primetime lineup. This docu-series follows the real-life adventures of an elite group of adrenaline-seeking pilots who risk their lives flying small planes, in ways for which they were never designed, through all types of weather conditions to deliver small, general aviation aircraft from their Florida base to destinations around the world. Produced by Spectrum Productions (“Swamp Men”), “Plane Xtreme” features 4x 30-minute episodes and will premiere Monday, Oct. 15, at 9 p.m. ET, repeating at 11 p.m. ET.

“Plane Xtreme” follows the aces of Wings of Eagles Aircraft Delivery in Tampa, FL as they push the physical limits of both man and plane to the extreme in order to deliver everything from small Piper Cubs to vintage aircraft. With no de-icing equipment, no oxygen masks, hostile weather conditions and one engine, the crews risk their lives each time they leave on another trip to remote locations in The Far East, Africa, Europe or South America. 

These fearless fliers are willing to risk it all for the freedom and rush that this unique aviation service provides. They write their own rules for flight as they bravely take on situations most pilots spend their lives avoiding. Currently there are less than 50 ferry aviators in the United States who are willing to make transatlantic aircraft delivery their full-time job, and most have other careers – one is a pilot for a Saudi prince, another owns a large microbrewery, and another races cars. 

“‘Plane Xtreme’ shows the real dangers of working for this unusual aircraft delivery business, from unpredictable weather conditions to the perils of landing in obscure destinations,” said Michael Dingley, senior vice president of content and development, The Weather Channel Companies. “Our viewers will experience the fears and thrills of flying undersized airplanes over huge stretches of ocean, where the weather or mechanical issues can quickly become a life or death situation.”

“Plane Xtreme” joins the growing slate of original series for The Weather Channel, including “Coast Guard Alaska,” “Iron Men,” “Lifeguard!,” “Ice Pilots,” “Hurricane Hunters,” “Hawaii Air Rescue” (Sept. 5), and “Coast Guard Florida” (Oct. 10), as well as the “Braving the Elements” docu-series anthology, which includes “Turbine Cowboys,” “Pyros,” “Iceberg Hunters” (Sept. 18), and “Reefmakers” (Oct. 9). 



About The Weather Channel Companies

The Weather Channel companies (TWCC) are made up of The Weather Channel® television network, The Weather Channel digital properties, WSI, and Weather Underground. The Weather Channel is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 100 million U.S. households. TWCC also operates Weatherscan®, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. The most popular source of weather news and information, TWCC properties reach 60 million monthly Web consumers (weather.com and Desktop) and 30 million monthly mobile users (mobile Web and applications) and offers the second most popular mobile app on all smartphones. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. Online weather service Weather Underground is based in Ann Arbor, MI, and San Francisco, and has developed the world’s largest network of personal weather stations. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.