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This reality series presents the day-to-day operations of a commercial airline company operating in the northern reaches of Canada. Buffalo Airways hauls cargo and passengers year-round all over the Arctic, even when temperatures are 30 degrees below zero and their airplanes' engines are in danger of freezing solid. The series aired from 2009 to 2014 on the History cable network.

Friday 10:00 PM et/pt on National Geographic
4 Seasons, 48 Episodes
April 22, 2011
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Ice Pilots Full Episode Guide

  • Mikey's much-planned D-Day tribute parachute jump with 20 paratroopers hits a wall when Joe refuses to fly his DC-3 to the drop zone.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rookie pilot Jeff nearly runs off the runway. Prefkar learns to play hockey but drops the ball at Buffalo and Joe goes on a date with a real dog.

  • Joe leaves to undergo medical tests at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. Jeff and Sam stress over their DC-3 checkflights and Joe celebrates turning 70-his way.

  • Engine trouble plagues Buffalo's newest Electra, ZFE, and a standoff between Joe and Transport Canada threatens to close the airline. At the same time, Joe faces a tough decision about his old dog Sophie.

  • Buffalo's Electra aircraft is hammered by rough winds up the Mackenzie Valley. In Hay River, a rookie crew faces the worst ice storm in years and one rampie has a tough go trying to fit in at Buffalo.

  • An engine fire and series of mechanical gremlins has Buffalo scrambling to make its Christmas deliveries. Newest rampie Prefkar Mony struggles with life in the North.

  • Ice Pilots NWT celebrates a milestone with a look back at the last five years, a peek behind the camera and reflections from the Buffalo crew.

  • Joe flies with the Snowbirds during the Hamilton air show and later teaches Mikey to fly. A surprise departure shakes up Buffalo.

  • 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.

  • Co-pilot Graeme's fumbles his Electra training landings. Chris stresses over his C-46 check ride. Adam rescues a stranded C-46.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Electra returns from repairs and the crew takes it right back to the ice strip that it set off from before the crash landing last year. Tyler works up the courage to confront Joe about a big decision. A hotshot Australian pilot tries to earn a job.

  • A cold snap triggers massive challenges. Devan runs into gear problems while he ferries a mothballed DC-3 across the country. And Justin has to make a snap decision with his newborn son aboard his plane.

  • Joe races a quirky antique snowmobile - with an airplane engine and no brakes. The water bomber crew struggles to get two planes out of Turkey. Cocky rampie Chris Staples tries to prove himself in the C-46.

  • Rookie co-pilot David faces a remote Arctic airstrip with sketchy landing gear. Mikey drafts a Buffalo hockey team to face off against an NHL squad in a charity shootout. Chuck gets a chance to shine on the ice.

  • Mikey links up with Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station. Problems mount while trying to get a frozen DC-4 airborne. A landing gear collapse on the runway sends the entire crew scrambling.

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Ice Pilots Video Clips & Extras

Ice Pilots - Brand New Co-Pilot Clip (02:57) Ice Pilots - Rookie Landing Clip (02:24) Ice Pilots - Offshore Survival Clip (02:46) Ice Pilots - Racing the Storm Clip (02:55) Ice Pilots - Move to the Middle of Nowhere Clip (01:58) Ice Pilots - The First Landing Clip (02:36)