Ice Pilots NWT
|Ice Pilots NWT|
|Created by||David Gullason|
|Written by||Todd Serotiuk
|Directed by||Lionel Goddard
|Narrated by||Michael Daingerfield|
"Fly Away" - Lenny KravitzEuropean Theme = "Airplanes" - David Usher
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||65 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Gabriela Schonbach
Hay River, NWT
|Running time||Approximately 45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Omni Film Productions|
|Original channel||History Television|
|Original run||November 18, 2009 – present|
|Related shows||Ice Road Truckers|
Ice Pilots NWT (known in the UK and the US as Ice Pilots) is a reality television series broadcast on History Canada that portrays Buffalo Airways, an airline based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Buffalo mainly flies WWII-era propeller planes year-round in the Canadian North. It premiered on November 18, 2009. The show was renewed for a second season with filming completed on August 2, 2010. The season premiere was aired on History Television January 12, 2011. Season 3 was greenlit on August 18, 2010 and began airing on October 12, 2011. In the UK, series 2 was shown on Quest commencing May 2011. The episodes in season 4 have been shown on the Discovery Channel in the UK. Season 1 of Ice Pilots began airing on the National Geographic Channel in the US on April 22, 2011. Both Season 1 and 2 have aired in Australia on National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Channel HD and currently air on the digital channel 7 Mate.
On February 2, 2012 The Weather Channel announced that it was adding Ice Pilots to its primetime lineup. On March 5, 2012 the show started airing on The Weather Channel, starting with seasons 1 and 2.
The National Geographic Channel no longer airs the show regularly, though it does occasionally broadcast episodes.
Ice Pilots NWT has been recognized with two Gemini Awards in 2011 for Best Original Music for a Lifestyle/Practical Information or Reality Program or Series and Best Photography in an Information Program or Series.
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 license, flew a Douglas DC3 to Yellowknife and spent a day being filmed as a guest star for a season four episode.
On Sept. 24, 2013, the Ice Pilots NWT Facebook page aired the first season 5 trailer, as well as the season 5 premiere date of October 23, 2013.
On the 15th January 2014 the season 6 production was announced. Promos for season six state it will be the final season.
The cast/crew of Ice Pilots consists of the following people:
|Adams, ChuckChuck Adams||Mechanic/in-flight engineer||1 – 6||Resigns from Buffalo early in season 3 but returns in season 4|
|Barry, SeanSean Barry||Electra co-pilot||1 – 4||Resigns from Buffalo in season 4 to work for First Air|
|Blue, ScottScott Blue||Co-pilot||1 – 6|
|Bottomley, IanIan Bottomley||Co-pilot||1, 4|
|Brooks, DevanDevan Brooks||Captain||1 – 6||Resigns from Buffalo after season 4 for farm work in Ontario, but returns to Buffalo in season 5 for contracted operations|
|Cooling, GordGord Cooling||Captain||1 – 3||Resigns from Buffalo and joins First Air|
|Darr, WilfWilf Darr||Ramp hand||1||Rampie who becomes a flight attendant in season 1 then leaves before season 2 begins taping|
|Decoste, AJAJ Decoste||Chief Pilot||1 – 6|
|Dodd, CoreyCorey Dodd||CL-215 lead engineer||1 – 6|
|Dow, JeremyJeremy Dow||Ramp hand||1||Laid off after season 1 taping|
|Dsouza, JulesJules D’Souza||Ramp hand||3||Resigns late in season 3 and joins Wabusk Air|
|Dussault, LaurentLaurent Dussault||Ramp hand and co-pilot||3|
|Dwojak, JamesJames Dwojak||Aircraft engineer AME||1 – 6|
|Dyson, CliffCliff Dyson||Mechanic/in-flight engineer||2 – 3|
|Essery, JimJim Essery||Mechanic||1 – 3||Featured in season 3 episode 11. Died on September 1, 2012 in a drowning accident|
|Ferguson, GraemeGraeme Ferguson||Ramp hand and co-pilot||2 – 6|
|Glenn, JynelleJynelle Glenn||Courier manager||1 – 3||Married to Devan Brooks (have a child in season 4), resigns early in season 3|
|Harrison, BrianBrian Harrison||Captain||1 - 6||Electra Captain|
|Hicks, DuaneDuane Hicks||Senior manager||3 – 4||Finished at Buffalo late in season 3, assists Mike McBryan in season 4 during an auction|
|Jurasevich, KellyKelly Jurasevich||Cargo manager||1 – 4||Resigns from Buffalo in season 4|
|Marchand, AudreyAudrey Marchand||Ramp hand and co-pilot||1 – 3, 5||Resigns early in season 3 to work as a Westjet cabin crew member (eventually worked at Air Creebec); Co-pilots a DC-3 with Devan Brooks to Buffalo's maintenance facility in Red Deer, Alberta in season 5 after getting a few days off her job|
|McBryan, JoeJoe McBryan||President of Buffalo Airways and captain||1 – 6|
|McBryan, MikeMike McBryan||General manager||1 – 6||Youngest child of Joe McBryan|
|McBryan, RodRod McBryan||Director of maintenance||1 – 6||Oldest child of Joe McBryan|
|McBryan, KathyKathy McBryan||Hay River manager||2 – 6||Middle child of Joe McBryan|
|Povey, ChristineChristine Povey||Co-pilot and Ramp hand||4 - 6||Trialed at Buffalo in season 4 after quitting her job as a dental assistant back in Toronto; returns to Buffalo on a full-time basis in season 5|
|Schreder, ArnieArnie Schreder||Former chief pilot||1 – 4||Retired late in season 2, but returned in seasons 3 and 4. Died on May 5, 2012 of small-cell lung cancer|
|Simle, JustinJustin Simle||Chief pilot||1 – 5||Becomes Chief Pilot in season 3 after Arnie Schreder retired|
|Sipos, TylerTyler Sipos||Ramp hand||3 – 5||Resigned from Buffalo in season 5 to fly for Air Georgian|
|Smith, AdamAdam Smith||Mechanic/in-flight engineer||1 – 6|
|Sophie the DogSophie the Dog||Mascot and co-pilot||1 - 6|
|Srivastava, RamanRaman Srivastava||Ramp hand||1||Resigns during season 1 to return home|
|Wagner, AlexAlex Wagner||Co-pilot, bird dog pilot||1, 3|
|Weber, RayRay Weber||Captain||1 – 4||Retires in season 4|
|Weich, AndrewAndrew Weich||Ramp hand and co-pilot||1 – 4||Leaves in season 4 to fly for Cathay Pacific|
|Curtiss C-46 Commando||1 – present|
|Douglas DC-3||1 – present|
|Douglas DC-4||1 – present|
|Lockheed L-188 Electra||1 – present|
|Canadair CL-215||1 – present|
|Beechcraft Baron||1 – present|
|Beechcraft Travel Air||2 – present|
|Consolidated PBY Catalina||3|
|Douglas DC-6||5 – present|
|1||13||History Television||November 18, 2009 – February 13, 2010|
|2||13||History Television||January 12, 2011 – April 6, 2011|
|3||13||History Television||October 12, 2011 – January 19, 2012|
|4||13||History Television||November 7, 2012 – February 6, 2013|
|5||13||History Television||October 23, 2013 – January 29, 2014|
|6||13||History Television||October 29, 2014 – January 21, 2015|
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