Ice Pilots NWT

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Ice Pilots NWT
Ice Pilots Logo.gif
Genre Reality
Created by David Gullason
Written by Todd Serotiuk
Mark Fuller
Directed by Lionel Goddard
Brad Quenville
John Driftmier
Starring Chuck Adams
Jeff Schroeder
Sean Barry
Scott Blue
Devan Brooks
Gord Cooling
Corey Dodd
Jynelle Glenn
Duane Hicks
Joe McBryan
Mikey McBryan
Justin Simle
Arnie Schreder
Kelly Jurasevich
AJ Decoste
Jeremy Dow
Audrey Marchand
Wilf Darr
Ray Weber
Narrated by Michael Daingerfield
Opening theme

"Fly Away" - Lenny Kravitz

European Theme = "Airplanes" - David Usher
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Gabriela Schonbach
Michael Chechik
David Gullason
Producer(s) David Gullason
Editor(s) Diana Bodnar
Larry Raskin
Peter Steel
Deane Bennet
Al Flett
Location(s) Yellowknife, NWT
Hay River, NWT
Running time Approximately 45 minutes
Production company(s) Omni Film Productions
Distributor Canwest Broadcasting
Broadcast
Original channel History Television
Original run November 18, 2009 – present
Chronology
Related shows Ice Road Truckers
External links
Website
Production website
Mike McBryan of Buffalo Air
Filming FIQM for Ice Pilots at Cambridge Bay Airport. Temperature −33.3 °C (−27.9 °F)
Buffalo DC-3

Ice Pilots NWT (known in the UK and the US as Ice Pilots[1]) 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[1] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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; it premiered on October 29, 2014.

Cast[edit]

The cast/crew of Ice Pilots consists of the following people:[8]

Person Role Seasons Notes
Adams, ChuckChuck Adams Mechanic/in-flight engineer 1 – 6 Resigns from Buffalo early in season 3 but returns in season 4
Barry, SeanSean Barry Co-pilot 1 – 4 Resigns from Buffalo in season 4 to work for First Air, Electra and DC-4 Co-Pilot
Blue, ScottScott Blue Co-pilot 1 – 5 C-46 and CL215 Co Pilot, Electra Flight Engineer
Bottomley, IanIan Bottomley Captain 1, 4, 6 DC-3 Captain, C-46 Co Pilot
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, C-46 Captain
Cooling, GordGord Cooling Captain 1 – 3 Resigns from Buffalo and joins First Air, DC-3 and C-46 Captain.
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 Succeeds Justin Simle as Chief Pilot in season 6. DC-3, C-46, DC-4 and Electra Captain.
Dodd, CoreyCorey Dodd CL-215 lead engineer 1 – 6 Training to become an Electra flight engineer in season 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 C-46 Co Pilot
Dwojak, JamesJames Dwojak Aircraft engineer AME 1 – 6
Dyson, CliffCliff Dyson Mechanic/in-flight engineer 2 – 6
Essery, JimJim Essery Mechanic 1 – 3 Featured in season 3 episode 11. Died on September 1, 2012 in a drowning accident[9]
Ferguson, GraemeGraeme Ferguson Ramp hand and co-pilot 2 – 6 DC-3, DC-4 and Electra Co Pilot
Glenn, JynelleJynelle Glenn Courier manager 1 – 3, 5 Married to Devan Brooks (have a child in season 4), resigns early in season 3; makes an appearance in season 5 visiting Yellowknife with their son
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/ Accountable Executive 1 – 6 Oldest child of Joe McBryan; becomes Buffalo's accountable executive (in charge of ensuring the airline adheres to all Transport Canada regulations), taking over from his father
McBryan, KathyKathy McBryan Hay River manager 2 – 6 Middle child of Joe McBryan
Povey, ChristineChristine Povey Co-pilot and Ramp hand 4 - 5 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[10]
Simle, JustinJustin Simle Former Chief pilot 1 – 5 Became Chief Pilot in season 3 after Arnie Schreder's retirement; left Buffalo after season 5 to start his own airline. DC-3, DC-4 and CL215 Captain.
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 Died in season 6
Srivastava, RamanRaman Srivastava Ramp hand 1 Resigns during season 1 to return home
Wagner, AlexAlex Wagner Co-pilot, bird dog pilot 1, 3 DC-4 and Beech Baron Co-pilot.
Weber, RayRay Weber Captain 1 – 4 Retires in season 4. Electra Captain.
Weich, AndrewAndrew Weich Ramp hand and co-pilot 1 – 4 Leaves in season 4 to fly for Cathay Pacific

Aircraft featured[edit]

Airplane Seasons
Curtiss C-46 Commando 1 – present
Douglas DC-3 1 – present
Douglas DC-4 1 – 5
Lockheed L-188 Electra 1 – present
Canadair CL-215 1 – present
Beechcraft Baron 1 – present
Beechcraft Travel Air 2 – present
Beechcraft King Air 6 – present
Consolidated PBY Catalina 3
Cessna 150 4
Douglas DC-6 5

Episode listing[edit]

Season Episodes Channel Airdate
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 8 History Television October 29, 2014 – tbc

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