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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)
Executive producer(s) Gabriela Schonbach
Michael Chechik
David Gullason
Producer(s) David Gullason
Location(s) Yellowknife, NWT
Hay River, NWT
Editor(s) Diana Bodnar
Larry Raskin
Peter Steel
Deane Bennet
Al Flett
Running time Approximately 45 minutes
Production company(s) Omni Film Productions
Distributor Canwest Broadcasting
Original network History Television
Original release November 18, 2009 – December 17, 2014
Related shows Ice Road Truckers
External links
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]) was a reality television series broadcast on History Canada that portrayed Buffalo Airways, an airline based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.[2] Buffalo mainly flies WWII-era propeller planes year-round in the Canadian North. The show ran from November 18, 2009 to December 17, 2014, comprising 6 seasons.


It premiered on November 18, 2009.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

The National Geographic Channel no longer airs the show regularly, though it does occasionally broadcast episodes.[when?]

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.[7]

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.[8]

On September 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 January 15, 2014 the season 6 production was announced. Promos for season six state it will be the final season; it premiered on October 29, 2014. The final episode aired on December 17, 2014. The final episode covered a parachute jump over D-Day remembrance period of June 2014.[9]


The cast/crew of Ice Pilots consists of the following people:[10]

Person Role Seasons Notes
Adams, ChuckChuck Adams Mechanic/in-flight engineer 1 – 6 Resigned from Buffalo early in season 3 but returned in season 4
Alexandre, DavidDavid Alexandre First Officer 3 – 6 DC-3, C-46 and Electra Co-Pilot
Barry, SeanSean Barry First Officer 1 – 4 Resigned from Buffalo in season 4 to work for First Air. Electra and DC-4 Co-Pilot
Blue, ScottScott Blue First Officer 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 Resigned from Buffalo after season 4 for farm work in Ontario, but returned to Buffalo in season 5 for contracted operations. C-46 Captain
Cooling, GordGord Cooling Captain 1 – 3 Resigned from Buffalo and joined First Air. DC-3 and C-46 Captain.
Chris Staples Cargo Manager / Apprenticing Mechanic / First Officer 4 - 6 C-46 First Officer. Appeared in several episodes.
Decoste, AJAJ Decoste Chief Pilot 1 – 6 Succeeded 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 Trained 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 Resigned late in season 3 and joined 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[11]
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), resigned early in season 3; made 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; assisted Mike McBryan in season 4 during an auction
Jurasevich, KellyKelly Jurasevich Cargo manager 1 – 4 Resigned from Buffalo in season 4. Died on the 10th January 2017.[12]
Marchand, AudreyAudrey Marchand Ramp hand and co-pilot 1 – 3, 5 Resigned early in season 3 to work as a Westjet cabin crew member (eventually worked at Air Creebec); Co-piloted 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; became 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; returned 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[13]
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 Resigned during season 1 to return home to India
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 Resigned in season 4 to fly for Cathay Pacific

Aircraft featured[edit]

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

Episode listing[edit]

Seasons 1 through 5 each have 13 episodes. Season 6 only has 8 episodes. It was explained that season 6 has less episodes than other seasons because the filming decision for a season 6 was made later than the others, leading to less footage and materials being available.[14]

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 – December 17, 2014


Ice Pilots NWT won several Leo Awards, Gemini Awards, and was nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards.

List of Accolades
Award Category Episode Result
Gemini Awards (2010) Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series "The Crash" Won
Leo Awards (2010) Best Cinematography in a Documentary Program or Series "Transatlantic Crossing" Nominated
Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series "Transatlantic Crossing" Nominated
Best Documentary Series N/A Won
Best Overall Sound in a Documentary Program or Series "Suspension" Nominated
Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series "The Crash" Nominated
Best Screenwriting in a Documentary Program or Series "Transatlantic Crossing" Won
Best Screenwriting in a Documentary Program or Series "Thin Ice" Nominated
Best Sound Editing in a Documentary Program or Series "Suspension" Won
Gemini Awards (2011)[15] Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series N/A Nominated
Best Original Music for a Lifestyle/Practical Information or Series N/A Won
Best Photography Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series N/A Won
Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series "Under Pressure" Nominated
Leo Awards (2012) Best Screenwriting in a Documentary Program or Series N/A Nominated
Best Short Documentary Program N/A Won
Canadian Cinema Editors Awards (2013) Best Editing in Lifestyle/Reality "Crash Landing" Won
2nd Canadian Screen Awards (2014) Best Documentary Series N/A Nominated
3rd Canadian Screen Awards (2015)[16] Best Factual Program or Series N/A Won
4th Canadian Screen Awards (2016)[17] Best Factual Program or Series N/A Nominated
Best Direction in a Documentary or Factual Series "D-Day" Won
Best Writing in a Factual Program or Series "D-Day" Won

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