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ATC Video From The 80's

Wed Jul 31, 2002 3:11 pm

I know you are all going to think this is a weird question, however it is driving me crazy and I just need to find this video.
I remember seeing a program on either Discovery of TLC back in the late 80's (1988) it was called something like, "Your Flight is cancelled" or something like that. It was filmed at ATL in the tower cab and in approach/departure control. It was a really good show and I would like to find it on video so that I can purchase, but NO ONE seems to know what I am talking about. I have checked with the Discovery Channel and they don't know what I am talking about and I can't get anyone in the ATL tower to help me. Does anyone out there have and ideas or remember seeing the show??? Please help.
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RE: ATC Video From The 80's

Wed Jul 31, 2002 5:13 pm

In the UK many such programmes have been made, usually under the BBC's "Horizon" banner. In the US these programmes, sometimes slightly modified (eg with an American narrator) have been shown on PBS channels in their "Nova" series. Being the late 80's I'd guess it was probably a "Nova" production rather than "Discovery/TLC". Why not try contacting WGBH Boston - who produce Nova for the PBS and see if they can help.

I know for a fact (as I still have it on tape) that Horizon did run an episode on ATC in 1989 called "Your Life in Their Hands". A large chunk of the programme concentrated on the UK scene - a flight from Birmingham to London by a Brymon Airways Twin Otter being featured. If this IS the programme you remember, maybe contacting the BBC in the UK might bring some results. Don't forget that any tapes obtained from the UK will be in the European PAL format and may not be viewable in the US because of their different TV format (NTSC)

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RE: ATC Video From The 80's

Wed Jul 31, 2002 10:03 pm

Hello MarkTpa,

Please e-mail at I have a copy of that program.

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RE: ATC Video From The 80's

Thu Aug 01, 2002 1:27 am

Hi mark.......

No, you are NOT crazy!!

The show WAS called as you said, "Your Flight is Cancelled". It was done
by NOVA in the US, and anchored by Judy Woodruff, (now at CNN). It was
about different scenarios that would cause US airtraffic delays, ie -thunderstorms
traffic backed up, etc. IT was as I recall, based on the lives of people who
run Atlanta's Hartsfield ATC ops, and how their daily decisions affected those
passengesrs who'se travel depended on them!!

One scenario showed numerous aircraft lined up for departure in a severe
thunderstorm, in which one flight was chosen to fly into a cell hole to see
if others could depart ATL the same way!! Good Program. I Still have it on

Take, care.......Steve
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RE: ATC Video From The 80's

Thu Aug 01, 2002 6:51 am

If anyone has a copy of this video, I would love to have a copy. I called PBS and since it is so old, they don't have it in their library any longer. Any help that you could give would be greatly appreciated.

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RE: ATC Video From The 80's

Thu Aug 01, 2002 7:04 am

Didn't that guy up top say he had one?
Hell after reading about this I want one as well.

Why Kate, You're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.
Tom in NO
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RE: ATC Video From The 80's

Thu Aug 01, 2002 7:47 am

I've got it on video as well. It's an excellent program. No, you're not crazy, and that "guinea pig" scene with the jet splitting the cells is the one I most remember, as well.

Tom in NO (at MSY)
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