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Some people find programs such a Ice Pilots, Deadliest Catch etc. to be worthless time fillers. What they don't seem to realize is that these are programs about real people. Over the course of several seasons we get to know them and see their successes and sometimes their failures. This is never more evident than when one of these people dies. The sentiments expressed here for Arnie and over at the Deadliest Catch forum two years ago for Phil Harris were genuine expressions of grief and sadness at the passing away of two people whom we never met in person but felt we knew quite well. These programs celebrate ordinary good people not the rich and famous. No better example of this can be found than Arnie Schreder. My belated sympathies to his family. I never knew him personally but thanks to Ice Pilots NWT I'll never forget him.
 

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So anyone watching Season 3? It's pretty good so far, and I'm glad they kept the name-dropping to minimal. Pretty much business as usual for Buffalo.
 

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Even with disclaimer at the beginning of each segment, I wish they wouldn't flavor the language so much. Seems the story lines are becoming repetitive with freight piling up, people quitting etc. But I get a kick out of the Electra taking off. Wonder how business is for them now that the bridge is open?
 

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The bridge opening won't effect them until spring when the ice bridge normally goes out for 4 or 5 weeks and the ferry can't run. In the winter the ferry keeps going until the ice bridge is at full capacity.


I don't know anyone here in Yellowknife that watches Ice Pilots anymore.
 

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Actually I find Ice Pilots to be the best of the reality working man series because each season has a slightly different focus. The first season for example concentrated on the "rampies". We barely hear of them now. At one time Mikey wasn't someone to be taken seriously. This year he's the general manager and showing himself very capable. Another season would be remembered for the saga of the water bombers sold to Turkey and the efforts it took to deliver the planes (at least 4 episodes). In the current season does anyone feel that Joe is being portryayed as a nastier person than before? Overall this series entertains me more than any other except the Deadliest Catch. The dangers of the sea and of the job plus the "in your face" personalities of the skippers and their crews make that series stand out.
 

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It was tough watching Arnie to come visit in the last episode. His passing must have been very difficult for the Buffalo family. I'm glad that he got to do the bomber recreation before retiring.

I'm not looking forward to the Electra coming in on bad gear. That's going to be messy. Surprised they have used that footage as a spoiler.

Speaking of the Electra, isn't it amazing how fast aviation tech advanced from the war to the 50s?

I think they make Joe out to be worse than he is. He seemed genuinely proud of his young pilot moving on and getting a good opportunity.

One last point. If you've never heard one of the old plane engines, get out to a show or a flyover. You will be amazed. Radials (like the DC3/C47), or inlines (think Lancaster/P51/Spitfire) will leave you speechless.
 

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Even with disclaimer at the beginning of each segment, I wish they wouldn't flavor the language so much. Seems the story lines are becoming repetitive with freight piling up, people quitting etc. But I get a kick out of the Electra taking off. Wonder how business is for them now that the bridge is open?


I actually worry more about what that will do with Ice Road Truckers, specifically those that do the Canadian routes like that Alex guy. They'll likely cut their stories out. I still think there's a need for airlines like Buffalo though, even in the midst of the bridge.

As for Joe, yeah, he does appear meaner and grumpier this season. I felt that he was over the line with Kelly in last week's episode. She was already much under pressure due to the Christmas rush, and she didn't need him yelling at her. I felt he was completely in the wrong and I hope he apologizes.

It does seem a bit repetitive, I guess. Mainly because we've seen most of what they do by now, but I'd still much rather watch this than Ice Road Truckers, which to me is far more repetitive.

Oh, and I guess I meant season 4 rather than 3 :)
 
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