Season 7, Episode 6 The Safety Factor

First Aired: March 11, 1980

Airline safety is explored with a pilot's view of a London-to-Los Angeles DC-10 flight to observe critical moments during takeoff and landing, and instruments the crew uses to monitor the plane. Also: a computerized flight simulator that prepares pilots for emergencies; an experimental system that facilitates landings; and the work of air-traffic controllers.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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