|Founded||13 May 1970|
|Secondary hubs||Hay River/Merlyn Carter Airport|
|Fleet size||55 + 3|
|Parent company||Buffalo Airways Limited|
|Headquarters||Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada|
|Key people||Joe McBryan (founder & president)|
Buffalo Airways is a family-run airline based in Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada established in 1970 by Joe McBryan, also known as "Buffalo Joe". It operates scheduled passenger, charter passenger, charter cargo, firefighting and fuel services. Its main base is at Yellowknife Airport (CYZF) with two other bases at Hay River/Merlyn Carter Airport (CYHY) and Red Deer Regional Airport (CYQF). The Red Deer base is the main storage and maintenance facility. The airline is also the subject of the History Television reality series Ice Pilots NWT.
Clothing company, television show and media 
In 2007, Buffalo Airways started to produce a clothing line that included t-shirts, hoodies and hats. With the introduction of the Canwest Global, now Shaw Media, television show Ice Pilots NWT, Buffalo has expanded their clothing company to feature over 30 products and launched a full service product website called BuffaloAirWear.com. The show which is produced by Omni Film Productions and shown on History Television features the day-to-day operations at Buffalo Airways.
In 2011, Buffalo Airways was involved in a recreation of the historic Dam Busters raids of WWII, being selected as the company to fly the mission, with their own plane and pilots. Buffalo would drop an inert reproduction of the 'Upkeep' bouncing bomb from their Douglas DC-4. The project was documented in the documentary television show Dambusters Fly Again in Canada, Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb in the UK, and Nova season 39 episode "Bombing Hitler's Dams" in the US. A behind the scenes look was also filmed in the Ice Pilots NWT season 3 episode 2 show "Dambusters".
On July 27, 2012, Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, flew up from Edmonton to Yellowknife with Buffalo Airways. On July 28, Dickinson, who holds an airline transport pilot's licence, flew a Douglas DC3 to Yellowknife and spent a day being filmed as a guest star for a season five episode.
Buffalo Air Express 
Buffalo also operates a courier service as Buffalo Air Express which started in 1982/83. They offer service throughout the Northwest Territories (NWT) and Northern Alberta. In association with Global Interline Network they can ship around the world from bases in Yellowknife, Edmonton and Hay River.
Buffalo owns several waterbombers which are available throughout the year for forest fires. These aircraft include a specially converted Canso and a C54/DC4. The C54/DC4 carries an external tank that can hold 20,000 lb (9,100 kg) of fire retardant and the Canso has two 800 imp gal (3,600 l; 960 US gal). As part of their wildfire suppression work they operate the Canadair CL-215 for the Government of the Northwest Territories. The CL-215 holds 12,000 pounds (5,400 kg) in two tanks which are filled in about ten seconds while skimming over a lake. The waterbombers are assisted by smaller aircraft, such as the Beech 95, known as "birddogs".
Buffalo School of Aviation 
Buffalo's aviation school offers an aircraft maintenance engineer program as well as several other courses. According to Transport Canada listings they have three aircraft, two single engine, an Aeronca Champion, a Fleet Canuck, and a helicopter, a Robinson R22. The Buffalo website also lists a Bell 206 helicopter and a Beech 90 King Air.
The airline operates scheduled passenger services between Hay River and Yellowknife. Scheduled cargo services provide supplies from Yellowknife to Deline, Fort Good Hope, Norman Wells, and Tulita. The service also includes an airport shuttle and a medical transfer bus. Buffalo also offers charters on their passenger aircraft across Canada and also offers cargo charters. 
Accidents and incidents 
- On 26 June 1994, Douglas C-47A C-FROD crashed on approach to Fort Simpson Airport, Northwest Territories due to fuel exhaustion. The aircraft was on a cargo flight from Trout Lake Airport. There were two crew on board at that time. There were no fatalities but the aircraft was written off.
See also 
- Canadian Civil Aircraft Register search, using "Buffalo Airways" or "Buffalo School of Aviation" as the search parameter under "Owner Name". Search conducted 29 April 2013.
- Airport gets shot of reality
- Ice Pilots NWT
- History Television, Dambusters Fly Again (accessed 2011 August)
- The Telegraph (London), "The day the Dam Busters returned... in Canada", Tom Chivers, 2 May 2011 (accessed 2011 August)
- EAA, "'Ice Pilots' Help Re-Create 'Dambusters'", Hal Bryan, 5 May 2011 (accessed 2011 August)
- Channel 4, "Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb" (accessed 2011 August)
- PBS, WGBH, Nova, "Bombing Hitler's Dams". Retrieved: 12 January 2012
- History Television, Ice Pilots NWT: Season 3, Episode 2: Dambusters (accessed 2011-11-11)
- A maiden voyage for rock star
- Buffalo Air Express
- Buffalo Air Express at Buffalo Airways
- Fire Suppression
- Douglas DC-4 Tankers
- Consonlidated Vultee PBY-5A Canso
- Canadair CL-215
- Buffalo School of Aviation
- Passenger Flights
- The Evoloution of Waterbombing
- "Aviation Safety Network listing for Buffalo Airways". Retrieved 10 April 2011.
- "C-FROD Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
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- Ice Pilots NWT History Television TV Series Website
- Buffalo Airways at Red Deer Airport 2006
- Buffalo Airways at Red Deer Airport 2007