Ice Pilots NWT takes final flight


From a media release:

The McBryan family and their crew at Buffalo Airways have welcomed viewers into their lives for five high-flying seasons of Ice Pilots NWT on HISTORY, and when season six premieres this fall it marks the final flight for this fan-favourite series. The award-winning show follows the crew at Buffalo Airways as they take vintage planes on near impossible missions, transporting people, food, fuel and vital supplies in a fleet of museum-piece aircraft to some of the most remote places on earth. In the upcoming season, the airline faces the toughest ice storm it has ever experienced as the McBryans fight to keep Buffalo flying in the 21st century. Ice Pilots NWT season six premieres Wednesday, October 29 at 10pm ET/PT on HISTORY.

“Ice Pilots NWT has been a wonderful Canadian success story.The combination of big personalities, extreme conditions and vintage planes has made for five entertaining seasons, and this sixth and final season is no exception,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. “We’ve had terrific partners in Omnifilm Entertainment, Buffalo Airways and, specifically, Joe and Mikey McBryan. We’d like to thank them, and everyone else involved in making this show a success, including the tremendous fans who have followed the series from the beginning.”

“I would like to thank the fans for tuning in each week and supporting us from day one! The last six years working with the film crews and my friends and family at Buffalo Airways have been the best time of my life. We have gotten to do some amazing things and share them with the world. As a Northerner, I’m happy to have shown people everywhere our crazy way of life. I would do it all over again in a split second. Fly safe,” said Mikey McBryan, General Manager, Buffalo Airways.

“Making Ice Pilots NWT has been a rewarding experience for our company, and we thank HISTORY for the opportunity to bring this series to Canadian and international audiences,” said Gabriela Schonbach, Omnifilm Entertainment partner and Executive Producer. “The series’ success is a testament not only to the indelible planes, people and places of the North, but also to our team of outstanding shooters, directors, writers, editors and in particular, to David Gullason, series creator and producer.”

Season six takes viewers through the harshest ice storm Buffalo has ever faced. As the coldest winter in decades grips the Northwest Territories, every rampie and rookie pilot in the company face huge challenges. Plus, there are two 70th anniversary celebrations – Joe’s birthday and a D‐Day tribute parachute jump with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. In the season opener, Buffalo rolls out the vintage C‐46, TXW, to fly freight up the Mackenzie Valley, but when one of the engines catches fire, Buffalo scrambles to find a backup plane in time for Christmas deliveries. Back in Yellowknife, Buffalo’s newest rampie is a determined young pilot from India who has set his sights on flying Joe’s prize planes. But first he has to adjust to life in the ice cold North and purchasing proper winter gear is the first thing on his list.