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Ice Pilots NWT

This documentary series follows the pilots of the Yellowknife-based Buffalo Airways, which still flies Second World War airplanes to transport people around Northern Canada.

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Season 2 - Ice Pilots NWT
"As Joe fights a Transport Canada claim against the airline, star pilot Justin is tasked with shipping an 8,000lb generator to a remote town. But a controversial decision results in the DC-4 becoming stranded and frozen solid on a High Arctic airstrip. Now Justin must find a way to thaw the plane and complete the mission - or face the wrath of an already stressed out boss."
"When a deadly fire destroys a northern outpost a week before Christmas, Buffalo puts everything aside to come to the rescue. Cargo Manager Kelly receives a shocking diagnosis that renews her fight to quit smoking. And new father AJ balances a captain's life with new responsibilities."
"The curse of -40 hits Buffalo pilots Devan and Scott on a food mail flight up the Mackenzie Valley when a mysterious rise in oil pressure threatens to destroy one of the C-46's engines. Rookie pilots Andrew and Graeme face the test they've been working toward for years - getting \"checked out\" as DC-3 co-pilots. And when Jynelle gets pulled back into running Buffalo's cargo operations during her school exams, it's a recipe for a meltdown."
"Mikey goes on a treasure hunt to Venezuela for a rare CL-215 waterbomber. Cargo Manager Kelly's stress levels hit a new high when she returns from her Mexican vacation in even worse health than when she left. And new pilots Andrew and Graeme face the toughest test of their young careers - flying with irascible Buffalo boss Joe McBryan."
"A vital ferry link is down, so Buffalo mounts an all-out campaign to airlift 100,000lbs of essential goods across the Mackenzie River. As Devan and Scott shuttle goods nonstop, things really pile up for Jynelle in cargo. Meanwhile, Justin helps an RCMP corporal move to a new community, and expectant parents Rod and Sasha McBryan get the first glimpse of their baby via 3D ultrasound."
"Crusty mechanic Chuck leads the scramble to ready the Electra for a disaster relief mission in Haiti, but fate's curve-ball sends them to the High Arctic instead. As Buffalo's current crop of rampies struggles to get ahead, former flight attendant Audrey returns to shake up the roster."
"A multi-stop mission to the Far North has Devan, Scott and Adam facing a series of white-knuckle obstacles. From an oil-spewing engine on one plane to a gas-guzzling engine on another, it's an ongoing battle to maintain fluid levels as they circuit their destinations. Add Joe's wrath to the mix and it's a mettle-testing journey they won't soon forget. Meanwhile, Audrey's northern adventure escorting a team of dog mushers to the 2010 Arctic Winter Games puts her in the driver's seat in a way she didn't expect."
"Young pilots AJ and Andrew get the chance of a lifetime to fly the magnificent DC-3 specially equipped with skis to land on frozen strips. It's up to chief pilot Arnie to guide them in the lost art of taking off and landing on skis as they fly to a remote lake and land on the thinning ice. Meanwhile, tension mounts as Buffalo's contract for the Mackenzie Valley food mail service is up for renewal, and Rod balances tricky personnel issues with preparing for the arrival of his first child."
"Buffalo scores the charter of a lifetime when they're asked to transport the Stanley Cup on a tour of the North. Cup fever spreads quickly around Buffalo, and for Mikey, what begins as an innocent love for this hockey icon soon becomes an obsession. Meanwhile, a Transport Canada violation forces Joe to give up his license for 10 days. He reluctantly looks for a captain to replace him on the passenger run he's flown for almost 30 years."
"Chief pilot Arnie lands the DC-3 on a homemade sand strip at a remote lodge. Electra expert Chuck goes one-on-one with a stubborn power unit, and Rod's wife Sasha goes into labour with the newest member of the McBryan family."
"When thunderstorms and a shaking engine threaten a DC-3 charter to Whitehorse, Joe pulls out all the stops to get the passengers to their destination. Patient C-46 co-pilot Scott Blue finally gets his crack at the DC-4, and the newest member of the McBryan dynasty, baby Emma Rae, makes her first visit to the Buffalo hangar."
"Joe and Mikey head off to Coventry, England to navigate the potential purchase of an Electra turboprop to add to Buffalo's fleet of fire-fighting tanker planes. The father-son duo makes a great team; hard-nosed Joe deals with the business end, while Mikey bonds with the clients during a raucous visit to the local pub. Meanwhile, new dad Rod leads a mission to Manitoba and misses his newborn daughter while away on the job."
Season 3 - Ice Pilots NWT
"Joe hires outsider Duane Hicks to help Buffalo navigate the future and coach Mikey. Gord and Sean's DC-3 delivery mission to the High Arctic goes awry when blizzard conditions and a broken oil cooler force an emergency landing."
"Buffalo gets into the stunt flying business when veteran pilot Arnie flies the DC-4 for the reenactment scene of a famous WWII bombing raid. A routine C-46 flight becomes dangerous when a hole in the plane's aging exhaust system sets off the fire alarm, and Devan has to decide whether or not to shut down an engine mid-flight."
"Frustrated with the constant drama at Buffalo, Chuck quits. Joe clashes with the maintenance department when a series of delays puts the important sale of a Canso aircraft in jeopardy. Mikey goes on an ATV hunting trip."
"Frustrated with her lack of flying, Audrey decides her time at Buffalo is over. Normally calm under pressure, Devan is put to the test by a scary series of midair C-46 hydraulic problems."
"A gasoline shortage prompts Duane to beg Chuck to return and prepare the Electra for a fuel haul. Cory goes on a rescue mission to nurse an abandoned C-46 back to life and Mikey goes on a birthday joyride in a fighter jet."
"Duane lands a big Electra contract and puts Adam in charge for the first time. Kelly plans her wedding, but Jynelle's resignation leaves her in the lurch. A power outage sends Joe into crisis mode."
"The Electra flies to the northernmost outpost on Earth, where Adam and new manager Duane are forced to work things out. Rampie Tyler is put on the co-pilot fast track, but first must prove to Justin that he can handle the DC-4."
"Sparks fly when Joe discovers Gord has taken a job with a rival airline. Larry, a rookie rampie, makes a near fatal error while training on the C-46."
"Duane clashes with Joe and the pilots as he pushes to get two ambitious contracts done on time. Rookie DC-3 co-pilot Tyler discovers that landing the big plane takes practice."
"Delays on a big Electra contract could cost Duane his job. Young co-pilot Graeme lands in Joe's doghouse."
"Mechanic Jimmy is sent to a northern mining camp to create an ice landing strip on a remote lake. New co-pilot Tyler faces the ultimate test - flying the sked with Joe."
"Engine troubles on the C-46 during the valley run force Devan to shut down an engine. Scott trains on a CL-215 waterbomber then joins the waterbombing crews when Buffalo is called in to fight a massive fire in Alberta."
"Rookie waterbomber pilot Scott gets his first taste of action when Buffalo responds to an emergency callout to fight fires in Alberta."
Season 4 - Ice Pilots NWT
"Tyler stunt flies for a visiting film crew, and Andrew breaks the news to Joe that he's leaving for a bigger airline."
"Cory deals with a landing gear emergency on a water bomber."
"Tempers flare in South Korea when Cory and Justin hoist the CL-215 off an ocean freighter, and Mikey competes in a snowshoe marathon."
"Justin and Cory must land at one of the world's most dangerous airstrips in Greenland on their way to Turkey, and Mikey goes to Denmark for the opening of Legoland's Buffalo-themed attraction."
"Joe and Mikey salvage a rare tailpiece from a lost plane wreck, and Cory and Justin fight to stay aloft during severe icing over the North Atlantic."
"Justin and Cory complete their epic mission to Turkey, Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson flies Buffalo's planes, and Mikey goes for a ride in and CF-18 fighter jet."
Season 5 - Ice Pilots NWT
"Facing Joe's wrath, Rod and Cory head to the UK to make urgent water bomber repairs. David tries to prove himself to Devan in the C-46 but ends up infuriating Devan. Will makes an ultimatum in Hay River."
"Mikey trains for High Arctic survival with the Canadian Rangers. The Air Force invades Chuck's hangar. Joe faces tough competition at a California plane auction."
"AJ and James battle a DC-4 engine fire. It's Joe's 69th birthday - and he's never flown a helicopter before, so Mikey plans a special gift of chopper flight lessons."
"Cory, Chuck and Brian watch as a 5,000-pound power unit smash to the ground, denting the Electra and putting it out of commission. Mikey scrambles to manage the crisis while Joe races to England to try and purchase a backup Electra."
"Joe and Mikey head to England to bring home a new plane. Devan does target-practice in the DC-4.James builds a Buffalo-style soapbox racer."
"Joe flies with the Snowbirds during the Hamilton air show and later teaches Mikey to fly. A surprise departure shakes up Buffalo."
"A look back at the last five years, a peek behind the camera, and reflections from the Buffalo crew."
Season 6 - Ice Pilots NWT
"It's Buffalo's busiest winter yet, and they roll out the C-46, TXW, to fly all the freight up the Mackenzie Valley. But when one of TXW's engines catches fire, Buffalo scrambles to find a backup plane in time for Christmas deliveries. They look to their newly purchased Electra, XFC, to fill the void, but Adam, Chuck, Brian and Mikey discover it has a cracked windshield and cannot be flown safely. Joe, Brian and Cory fly to meet Rod in Red Deer to grab a replacement windshield. When they arrive, Joe first reveals his other plans-he wants the second Electra ZFE dug out ..."
"Chief Pilot AJ Decoste is flying up the Mackenzie Valley with Buffalo's newest Electra, XFC, for the first time. Mechanic Cory Dodd is along for the ride to do some training as a Flight Engineer. They try to make their deliveries before a storm rolls in but when they land in Norman Wells, they are faced with gale force winds. When their takeoff is delayed by two incoming planes, AJ is forced to shut down and wait out the storm in Norman Wells. Later, on their approach to Tulita, they face even stronger winds gusting over 40 knots. Over in Hay River, things go from bad..."
"When Buffalo's newest Electra, ZFE, lands in Yellowknife with only three functioning engines, mechanic Chuck Adams comes to the rescue to replace a brand-new $29,000 regulator on engine number three. It's been slow for the airline and delivering a load of building supplies to the RCMP up in Ulukhaktok, NWT, might help keep Buffalo in the air. Spurred by a recent crash landing and two engine fires, an audit team from Transport Canada descends on Buffalo Airways. With their long and tumultuous history with Joe, they demand that Buffalo appoint a new \"Accountable ..."
"Buffalo Joe has been a captain on the daily sked for 34 years and his 70th birthday is next week. Joe might have to stop flying if he doesn't pass his medical and that could spell the end of Buffalo. Before Joe leaves to undergo five days of medical tests at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, he calls two rampies, Sam Storm and Jeff Tapper, into his office to greenlight their DC-3 check flights. Both Jeff and Sam have slogged away for eight months waiting for this chance. But on flight day, Sam is sick to his stomach from eating bad eggs the night before. Sam is not..."
"Newly minted copilot Jeff Tapper is excited for his first revenue DC-3, but his inexperience shows when he botches the approach and bounces the landing three times, nearly running off the runway. Meanwhile, for new rampie Prefkar Mony to realize his dream of becoming a DC-3 pilot, he needs to first pass the written IATRA test. He's been studying for months, but on his first attempt, he fails. With the help of pilot\/mechanic Chris Staples, Prefkar retakes the test and passes, but his victory celebration is short-lived when he's blamed for leaving an expensive shipment ..."
"Mikey decides to get Buffalo involved in a D-Day paratrooper jump to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Prefkar escapes Hay River courier duty. Cory finds an original bracket for the DC3 static line for Mikey's D-Day jump."
"Buffalo's top guns, rookies and vets, go to California for aerial dogfights in real fighter planes. Cory and Mikey race to get ready for the D-Day jump."
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