"Ice Pilots" -- National Geographic Channel

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jsmeeker, May 20, 2011.

  1. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000


    @MarkofT: Yeah, Canadian Pickers. The Canuck version of American Pickers. Which to be honest, seems like a redneck-ified version of American Pickers.

    Interestingly, Wikipedia shows that you guys missed out on Season 1. It lists season two (titled "Ice Pilots" without the NWT) airing in May 2011 which would explain half the confusion since none of the background of season 1 was included. At least that's in the UK. It doesn't list a US release. Without the background it's hard to follow since it's basically a year of Buffalo Airways compressed into 13 episodes.
  2. rahnbo

    rahnbo Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Greenville, SC
    The IMDB listing seems consistent with them being shown in proper original order here in the US:


    The titles don't match up with what tivo.com or the guide has, but it appears we're on Season 1, Episode 5 Original Air Date—16 December 2009.
  3. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    The opening of each episode seems to give you all the background you need. They fly old planes in way up there Canada. :) And they jsut show the winter operations. I guess summer operations are too boring.
  4. Swirl_Junkie

    Swirl_Junkie New Member

    Mar 11, 2001
    Philly, PA
    I find it really odd that these shows travel in pairs. There have been so many shows in the last few years to have a near clone, and come out almost the same time. Maybe this one didnt come out simultaneously, but still...its weird.
    I think auction hunters, and it's clone premiered a day apart.
    It's like someone shopped the original show to the network, they thought it was too expensive, so they made their own.
  5. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV


    I'd like to see a show about those C-130's with the skis that they use to fly supplies/people to Antarctica. I grew up a few miles from the Air National Guard base in upstate NY where those planes are based, and I always thought it would be interesting to see what goes into one of those flights...
  6. generaltso

    generaltso Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    And Flashpoint.
  7. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    No, it's just that summer operations are... more of the same. Except now you have melting snow and ice.
  8. MarkofT

    MarkofT ****

    Jul 27, 2001
    Where Texas...
    Looks like we will get to see them at least most of the way to Turkey.

    And they may call it Ice Pilots, but it sure seems more like Ice Aircraft Mechanics. 'tho I guess that's a bit too long of a title.
  9. IJustLikeTivo

    IJustLikeTivo Active Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    There are two years so far. Episode 11 is in Turkey, I think the latest is Ep 9. I can't find a US location to stream them.
  10. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Huh. If you're seeing them deliver the waterbombers to Turkey, that's first season episodes.

    Strange. Some places are starting from season 2, others are starting from season 1.
  11. JMikeD

    JMikeD Member

    Jun 10, 2002
    Austin, TX
    As a bit of trivia, there is a book available titled "Buffalo Airways" written by Darrell Knight. Knight was a pilot for Buffalo Airways at one time (and still may be, I haven't read the book yet).
  12. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    Thread bump.

    Finally caught 3 episodes (up the one where they leave Red Deer for Turkey to deliver the aircraft).

    I actually liked this better than Flying Wild Alaska. Not as pilot-centric as FWA, but that's one reason I like it better. You can't have aircraft flying without the support staff behind it, and aside from the family members of the owner, that's where I felt FWA fell short.

    Still a lot of pilot-seat action though, especially when they limp that C-46 back home after the #2 engine started having problems, and another flight where they had some horrible wind shear and a co-pilot whose head wasn't quite "in the game."

    I thought it was interesting to see the owner of Buffalo make his pilots earn their way into the cockpit by doing lesser jobs. And the fact that he regularly takes passengers on his own route, but it seems he lives in Hay River and commutes to HQ in Yellowknife everyday, which would explain why he flies a scheduled route twice a day.
  13. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    FYI - Season 3 is out. In Canada at least.

    You can see if you can watch the episode online at www.history.ca (click Video, then select Ice Pilots NWT).
  14. ADent

    ADent Active Member

    Jan 7, 2000
    Denver, CO
    Arnie Schreder (head pilot S1 & S2) passed away last week.


    In the US the Weather Channel is showing Season 2. One new episode a week then a bunch of re-runs during the week.

    These are 30 minutes long and they are cut down from 1 hour. The show descriptions sometimes list things (B-plot) that don't appear in the 30 min show.

    Did S2 ever air in the US on another channel?
  15. generaltso

    generaltso Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    No, NatGeo dropped it after Season 1. I've been watching S2 on TWC, but it's a bummer that it's edited down. It seems like they keep most of what happens in the planes, but chop out a lot of the stuff that happens in the office or the warehouse.

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