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Ice Pilots NWT
Ice Pilots Logo.gif
GenreReality
Created byDavid Gullason
Written byTodd Serotiuk
Mark Fuller
Directed byLionel Goddard
Brad Quenville
John Driftmier
StarringChuck 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 byMichael Daingerfield
Opening theme

"Fly Away" - Lenny Kravitz

European Theme = "Airplanes" - David Usher
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes65 (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 timeApproximately 45 minutes
Production company(s)Omni Film Productions
DistributorCanwest Broadcasting
Broadcast
Original channelHistory Television
Original runNovember 18, 2009 – December 17, 2014
Chronology
Related showsIce Road Truckers
External links
Website
Production website
 
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Ice Pilots NWT
Ice Pilots Logo.gif
GenreReality
Created byDavid Gullason
Written byTodd Serotiuk
Mark Fuller
Directed byLionel Goddard
Brad Quenville
John Driftmier
StarringChuck 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 byMichael Daingerfield
Opening theme

"Fly Away" - Lenny Kravitz

European Theme = "Airplanes" - David Usher
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes65 (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 timeApproximately 45 minutes
Production company(s)Omni Film Productions
DistributorCanwest Broadcasting
Broadcast
Original channelHistory Television
Original runNovember 18, 2009 – December 17, 2014
Chronology
Related showsIce 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]) was 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. The show ran from November 18, 2009 to December 17, 2014, comprising 6 seasons.

History[edit]

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.[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.[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 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.[8]

Cast[edit]

The cast/crew of Ice Pilots consists of the following people:[9]

PersonRoleSeasonsNotes
Adams, ChuckChuck AdamsMechanic/in-flight engineer1 – 6Resigns from Buffalo early in season 3 but returns in season 4
Alexandre, DavidDavid AlexandreCo-Pilot3 – 6DC-3, C-46 and Electra Co-Pilot
Barry, SeanSean BarryCo-pilot1 – 4Resigns from Buffalo in season 4 to work for First Air. Electra and DC-4 Co-Pilot
Blue, ScottScott BlueCo-pilot1 – 5C-46 and CL215 Co Pilot, Electra Flight Engineer
Bottomley, IanIan BottomleyCaptain1, 4, 6DC-3 Captain, C-46 Co Pilot
Brooks, DevanDevan BrooksCaptain1 – 6Resigns 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 CoolingCaptain1 – 3Resigns from Buffalo and joins First Air. DC-3 and C-46 Captain.
Darr, WilfWilf DarrRamp hand1Rampie who becomes a flight attendant in season 1 then leaves before season 2 begins taping
Decoste, AJAJ DecosteChief Pilot1 – 6Succeeds Justin Simle as Chief Pilot in season 6. DC-3, C-46, DC-4 and Electra Captain.
Dodd, CoreyCorey DoddCL-215 lead engineer1 – 6Training to become an Electra flight engineer in season 6
Dow, JeremyJeremy DowRamp hand1Laid off after season 1 taping
Dsouza, JulesJules D’SouzaRamp hand3Resigns late in season 3 and joins Wabusk Air
Dussault, LaurentLaurent DussaultRamp hand and co-pilot3C-46 Co Pilot
Dwojak, JamesJames DwojakAircraft engineer AME1 – 6
Dyson, CliffCliff DysonMechanic/in-flight engineer2 – 6
Essery, JimJim EsseryMechanic1 – 3Featured in season 3 episode 11. Died on September 1, 2012 in a drowning accident[10]
Ferguson, GraemeGraeme FergusonRamp hand and co-pilot2 – 6DC-3, DC-4 and Electra Co Pilot
Glenn, JynelleJynelle GlennCourier manager1 – 3, 5Married 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 HarrisonCaptain1 – 6Electra Captain
Hicks, DuaneDuane HicksSenior manager3 – 4Finished at Buffalo late in season 3, assists Mike McBryan in season 4 during an auction
Jurasevich, KellyKelly JurasevichCargo manager1 – 4Resigns from Buffalo in season 4
Marchand, AudreyAudrey MarchandRamp hand and co-pilot1 – 3, 5Resigns 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 McBryanPresident of Buffalo Airways and captain1 – 6
McBryan, MikeMike McBryanGeneral manager1 – 6Youngest child of Joe McBryan
McBryan, RodRod McBryanDirector of maintenance/ Accountable Executive1 – 6Oldest 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 McBryanHay River manager2 – 6Middle child of Joe McBryan
Povey, ChristineChristine PoveyCo-pilot and Ramp hand4 – 5Trialed 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 SchrederFormer chief pilot1 – 4Retired late in season 2, but returned in seasons 3 and 4. Died on May 5, 2012 of small-cell lung cancer[11]
Simle, JustinJustin SimleFormer Chief pilot1 – 5Became 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 SiposRamp hand3 – 5Resigned from Buffalo in season 5 to fly for Air Georgian
Smith, AdamAdam SmithMechanic/in-flight engineer1 – 6
Sophie the DogSophie the DogMascot and co-pilot1 – 6Died in season 6
Srivastava, RamanRaman SrivastavaRamp hand1Resigns during season 1 to return home
Wagner, AlexAlex WagnerCo-pilot, bird dog pilot1, 3DC-4 and Beech Baron Co-pilot
Weber, RayRay WeberCaptain1 – 4Retires in season 4. Electra Captain.
Weich, AndrewAndrew WeichRamp hand and co-pilot1 – 4Leaves in season 4 to fly for Cathay Pacific

Aircraft featured[edit]

AirplaneSeasons
Curtiss C-46 Commando1 – 6
Douglas DC-31 – 6
Douglas DC-41 – 5
Lockheed L-188 Electra1 – 6
Canadair CL-2151 – 5
Beechcraft Baron1 – 6
Beechcraft Travel Air2 – 5
Beechcraft King Air6
Consolidated PBY Catalina3
Cessna 1504
Douglas DC-65

Episode listing[edit]

Seasons 1 to 5 each have 13 episodes. Season 6 only has 8 episodes. The show's Faceook page explained that season 6 has less episodes than other seasons because the filming decision for season 6 was made later than others, leading to less footage and materials available.[12]

SeasonEpisodesChannelAirdate
113History TelevisionNovember 18, 2009 – February 13, 2010
213History TelevisionJanuary 12, 2011 – April 6, 2011
313History TelevisionOctober 12, 2011 – January 19, 2012
413History TelevisionNovember 7, 2012 – February 6, 2013
513History TelevisionOctober 23, 2013 – January 29, 2014
68History TelevisionOctober 29, 2014 – December 17, 2014

Accolades[edit]

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

List of Accolades
AwardCategoryEpisodeResult
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 SeriesN/AWon
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)[13]Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or SeriesN/ANominated
Best Original Music for a Lifestyle/Practical Information or SeriesN/AWon
Best Photography Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or SeriesN/AWon
Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series"Under Pressure"Nominated
Leo Awards (2012)Best Screenwriting in a Documentary Program or SeriesN/ANominated
Best Short Documentary ProgramN/AWon
Canadian Cinema Editors Awards (2013)Best Editing in Lifestyle/Reality"Crash Landing"Won
2nd Canadian Screen Awards (2014)Best Documentary SeriesN/ANominated
3rd Canadian Screen Awards (2015)[14]Best Factual Program or SeriesN/AWon

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