From a media release:
Yellowknife and Beyond! Season Four of Omnifilm Entertainmentâ€™s hit series Ice Pilots NWT premieres Wednesday, November 7 at 10pm ET/PT on HISTORY
HISTORYâ€™s fan-favourite series Ice Pilots NWT is back and better than ever. The hugely popular docu-series returns this November for an action packed fourth season, following the adventures of maverick arctic airline Buffalo Airways.
Season four takes Buffalo â€“ and viewers â€“ to places theyâ€™ve never gone before. The airline sends water bombers to South Korea, battles it out with Transport Canada and struggles to keep the business going in whatever manner they can. As the drama unfolds, everyone from rock stars to the Prime Minister drops by Buffalo for a visit. The action gets underway Wednesday, November 7 at 10:00PT/ET on HISTORY.
â€œAlthough Buffalo has become a famous airline worldwide and attracts everyone from tourists to VIPâ€™s, the work to keep the planes flying all winter goes on,â€ says Executive and Series Producer David Gullason. â€œKeeping the planes flying â€“ no matter what â€“ is job number one for Joe and Mikey.â€
Gabriela Schonbach, Executive Producer and Partner at Omnifilm Entertainment says, â€œWith Ice Pilots NWT, the world is getting a taste of Canadaâ€™s North; its culture, landscape and people. This series has become a part of Canadian history and heritage. Each season just gets better!â€
In one of the most compelling episodes to date, the turboâ€prop Lockheed Electra gets in serious trouble when the bitter cold wreaks havoc on the planeâ€™s landing gear. Captain Ray Weber has to put down this beast of a cargo plane without a right wheel as the crew at Buffalo stands helplessly watching the plane get ripped up on landing.
While touring the Canadian North, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stops in to admire Joeâ€™s vintage planes and plays co-pilot to Joe. Later in the season, Joe lends a hand to his old friend â€œIce Road Truckerâ€ Alex Debogorski. And rock legend Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, an avid pilot, gets more than he bargained for when he shows up to fly the big DC-4 and bonds with the Buffalo boys.
Sadly, this season the crew says goodbye to beloved Buffalo chief pilot Arnie Schreder, who succumbed to cancer. The local airlines give their friend and colleague a proper send off as a fleet of planes does a fly-by in Schrederâ€™s honour.