Arctic Air

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Arctic Air
Title card for Arctic Air.jpg
Genre Drama
Created by Ian Weir
Theme music composer Tim McCauley[1]
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 35
Executive producer(s)
  • Michael Chechik
  • Gabriela Schonbach
  • Ian Weir
  • Gary Harvey
Production company(s) Omnifilm Entertainment
Distributor Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Original channel CBC Television
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original run January 10, 2012 (2012-01-10) – April 8, 2014 (2014-04-08)
External links

Arctic Air is a Canadian drama television series that began airing on CBC Television on January 10, 2012. The series was canceled on March 17, 2014, due to government budgetary cuts.[2]


Arctic Air is about a Yellowknife-based maverick airline and the unconventional family who runs it. The owners are Mel Ivarson, an old school bush pilot; Krista Ivarson, Mel's daughter; and Bobby Martin, the son of Ivarson's deceased partner. Episodes focus on interpersonal conflicts between the characters as well as dramatic flying missions with their aging fleet of Douglas DC-3s, de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otters and other aircraft. Each episode has one or more flying missions.[3]


In some episodes, the production crew used Buffalo Airways' hangar in Yellowknife as backdrop.



Season 1 (2012)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 1 "Out of a Clear Blue Sky" Paul Shapiro Ian Weir 1.055[4][5] January 10, 2012 (2012-01-10)
Bobby returns to Yellowknife; a dangerous storm forces Mel to ditch his plane.
2 2 "All In" James Dunnison James Phillips 0.885[6] January 17, 2012 (2012-01-17)
Bobby gambles Mel's plane in a poker game; a DC-3 runs out of fuel at 5000 feet.
3 3 "Hijacked" Mike Rohl Bob Carney 1.074[7] January 24, 2012 (2012-01-24)
An Arctic Air flight is hijacked while flying rig workers to Yellowknife.
4 4 "All the Vital Things"[8] Robert Lieberman Sarah Dodd 0.891[9] January 31, 2012 (2012-01-31)
Bobby lies to gain the trust of an elder.
5 5 "Northern Lights"[8] Anthony Atkins Jordan Wheeler 0.718 February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)
Arctic Air may be involved in a drug overdose in a remote community.
6 6 "C-TVAK"[8] Mike Rohl Penny Gummerson 0.734 February 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)
Bobby puts Cece's life at risk to find out how his father died.
7 7 "Vancouver is Such a Screwed-Up City"[8] Stacey Stewart Curtis Susin Nielsen 0.784[10] February 21, 2012 (2012-02-21)
Bobby travels south with Mel and Krista to buy a new plane and his old life in Vancouver comes back to haunt him.
8 8 "The Professional" Kevin Fair Ian Weir 0.723[11] February 28, 2012 (2012-02-28)
Lives are at a risk when a hitman comes to Yellowknife.
9 9 "New North" James Dunnison Ian Weir 0.658[12] March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06)
Arctic Air gets more than it bargained for when Bobby convinces his high-rolling college roommate to invest in the company.
10 10 "Drop in for Lunch" Gary Harvey Sarah Dodd 0.963[13] March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13)
A routine flight from Watson Lake to Yellowknife turns deadly.

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
11 1 "Wildfire" Anthony Atkins R.B. Carney 0.842[14] January 9, 2013 (2013-01-09)
Bobby and Krista attempt to rescue a group of stranded tourists from a raging forest fire, but they need help from the rest of the Arctic Air crew if they're going to make it out alive.
12 2 "Bombs Away" Anthony Atkins Jordan Wheeler January 16, 2013 (2013-01-16)
Bobby's sister Deanna is arrested for eco-terrorist bombings, but as Bobby works to clear her name, he learns that there's one more bomb and it's been planted on an Arctic Air plane -- with Krista aboard.
13 3 "Open Season" Gary Harvey Penny E. Gummerson January 23, 2013 (2013-01-23)
Bobby and Caitlin fly to the northern hunting grounds, where they discover Nelson has been shot by the hunters he was sent there to guide.
14 4 "Stormy Weather" Anne Wheeler Sara Snow January 30, 2013 (2013-01-30)
Inclement weather traps Bobby, Krista, and Blake inside an abandoned radar station, where a hidden threat lurks.
15 5 "Old Wounds" Gary Harvey Ian Weir February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)
Bobby makes a final bid to save his diamond claim by sponsoring Jim McAllister in a boxing match.
16 6 "Dangerous Cargo" Anne Wheeler Sarah Dodd February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13)
A biologist resorts to terrorism out of desperation, holding Krista and Bobby at gunpoint in the Arctic Air headquarters.
17 7 "There's Gold in Them Thar Hills" Mike Rohl R.B. Carney & Penny Gummerson February 27, 2013 (2013-02-27)
Arctic Air goes up against Bruce Ward and the Comstock Brothers when a dying trapper tells Dev and Cece the location of a gold claim.
18 8 "Secrets & Lies" Neill Fearnley Sarah Dodd 0.693[15] March 6, 2013 (2013-03-06)
Petra suspects her ex-husband is behind Connor's disappearance, leading her to team with Bobby in search of them.
19 9 "Hell Hath No Fury" Mike Rohl Ian Weir March 20, 2013 (2013-03-20)
Bobby is tasked with reining in a troubled rock star during the northern leg of her comeback tour.
20 10 "Skeletons in the Closet" Neill Fearnley Larry Bambrick March 27, 2013 (2013-03-27)
Bobby and Mel are left stranded in an isolated community when their DC-3 is shot up on the airstrip.
21 11 "Blood Is Thicker Than Water" Kevin Fair Susan Nielsen 0.605[16] April 3, 2013 (2013-04-03)
Krista's mother comes to town and turns her daughter's life upside down.
22 12 "Fool Me Once" Amanda Tapping Derek Thompson & Ian Weir April 10, 2013 (2013-04-10)
Blake's sister crashes a couples weekend in Calgary; where Krista learns Bobby and Petra kissed.
23 13 "Ts'inada" Kevin Fair R.B. Carney, Sara Snow
& Jordan Wheeler
April 17, 2013 (2013-04-17)
Kidnappers capture Caitlin, but instead of a ransom they demand a trade for Nelson.

Season 3 (2014)[edit]

On April 2, 2013, CBC renewed Arctic Air for a third season that began airing in January 2014.[17]

No. in
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
24 1 "The River" Gary Harvey Ian Weir January 7, 2014 (2014-01-07)
Arctic Air launches a search and rescue operation for Dev and Astrid.
25 2 "High Water" Gary Harvey Jon Cooksey January 14, 2014 (2014-01-14)
Bobby fights against time and politics to evacuate a community before an upstream dam bursts.
26 3 "The Fling" Kevin Fair Sarah Dodd January 21, 2014 (2014-01-21)
Krista and Tag’s relationship is tested when an emergency landing leaves them stranded.
27 4 "The Finish Line" Kevin Fair Jon Cooksey & Derek Thompson January 28, 2014 (2014-01-28)
A high-stakes plane race raises ghosts from Mel’s past, forcing Krista and Tag to confront a crisis in their relationship.
28 5 "The Devils You Know" Martin Wood Susin Nielsen February 4, 2014 (2014-02-04)
Bobby fights to save Petra’s life savings when Bruce Ward’s involvement in a business deal causes violence and destruction.
29 6 "On the Edge" Martin Wood Penny E. Gummerson February 25, 2014 (2014-02-25)
Krista faces a grisly choice when her team attempts a life and death rescue.
30 7 "Flying Solo" Anthony Atkins Jordan Wheeler March 4, 2014 (2014-03-04)
Bobby and Loreen race to save Caitlin when her first solo flight goes dangerously wrong.
31 8 "The Fugitive" Anthony Atkins Sarah Dodd & Derek Thompson March 11, 2014 (2014-03-11)
A prisoner transport becomes a life and death struggle for Blake and Lindsay, as Krista and Tag reach an impasse in their relationship.
32 9 "Rites of Passage" Amanda Tapping Penny E. Gummerson & Ian Weir March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18)
Bobby and Connor’s weekend on the land becomes a fight for survival, while a high altitude flight puts Mel and Krista in peril.
33 10 "Last Drop" Amanda Tapping Sarah Dodd March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25)
Bobby blames Bruce Ward for his foster sister’s death in a dry community, as Blake and Lindsay pursue a murder suspect.
34 11 "The Fall - Part 1" Gary Harvey Jon Cooksey & Jordan Wheeler April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01)
Krista’s SAR crew is pushed to the limit during a high-altitude rescue, while Bobby is the target of an attack in YK.
35 12 "The Fall - Part 2 (Season Finale)" Gary Harvey Jon Cooksey April 8, 2014 (2014-04-08)
When disaster strikes, Krista’s SAR team is trapped, and Tag clings to life on the mountain; Bobby and Mel race to save them.

DVD releases[edit]

Entertainment One released the complete first season on DVD in Canada on November 20, 2012.[18] Season 2 was released on January 7, 2014.[19] The third and final season will be released on October 14, 2014.[20]


According to CBC, the total audience for the first episode was just over 1 million viewers.[4]

Season Timeslot (ET) No. Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1 Tuesday 9:00pm 10
January 10, 2012
March 13, 2012
0.963[13] 2012 0.965[21]
2 Wednesday 9:00pm 13
January 9, 2013
April 17, 2013
N/A 2013 N/A

Man of the North[edit]

CBC Television released 5 mini-episodes online, titled Man of the North as a supporting material to the series. These webisodes are 2–3 minutes each.[22]

Online games[edit]

In support for the show, there has also been online games on the official website. The game is titled Arctic Air Adventure.[23]


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  19. ^ Arctic Air: Season 2
  20. ^ Arctic Air - Season 3
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  22. ^ "Arctic Air ; Webisodes - Man of the North". January 11, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Arctic Air Adventure - Arctic Air - Watch online". May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 

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