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Twenty years before Ice Pilots became a realty show hit, aviation videographer Henry Tenby was video documenting the vibrant Yellowknife aviation scene in the mid 1990s while employed by local airline NWT Air.
At the time, Henry knew the place was unique in the world of aviation, so he endeavoured to film as much as he could between the years 1993 and 1996, using a Hi-8 video camera that he acquired in 1991. Living in Yellowknife and working at the airport, provided easy and frequent access to all the comings and goings on in all seasons, and this video captures all the flavours of operators that made Yellowknife the famous place that it has become in the ranks of worldwide aviation fans.
All the operators of the day are included in the DVD, namely Air Tindi, Ptarmigan Airways, First Air, NWT Air, Canadian North, Conair, and Buffalo Airways. You’ll see winter, Spring, summer and fall operations, including everything from Beavers to Boeing, wheels to floats to skis, airport to float base to water bombers.
Plenty of footage filmed on the main Yellowknife apron features Canadian North and NWT Air Boeing 737-200s and Bradley/First Air HS748s. You’ll witness passengers boarding, cargo handling, engine starts, taxi and runway action with superior noise qualities. In Old Town Yellowknife there’s extensive footage of Air Tindi Twin Otters, Turbine Otters and Beavers on wheels, skis and floats.
Hard core propliner fans will be pleased to see an extensive filming report on the Conair water bomber base with DC-6, CL-215 and Tracker action. There’s no talking here .. just non-stop engines, taxi and take-off sequences. Buffalo Airways took the GNWT fire fighting contract away from BC-based Conair in the mid 1990s, so this twenty year old footage is a very special memory from an era in the distant past. Air Tindi’s Caribou and the Ptarmigan stretch G-1 make very welcomed cameo appearances along with the occasional Buffalo DC-3 and DC-4 and the the Plummer’s Lodge Douglas DC-3 (captured in taxi, take-off and air-to-air!)
All in all, this DVD has something for everyone, except the “Ice Pilots NWT” drama. We’re serving up 76 minutes of non-stop aviation footage, and invite you to sit back, relax, and strap in to enjoy the ride.
SPECIAL NOTE TO CUSTOMERS:
This DVD was produced using compact low environmental impact packaging.
Chapter 2) 737-275C N331XV air-to-air
Chapter 3) Winter lake ops
Chapter 4) YZF Boeing 737-200 action
Chapter 5) Wheels and skiis
Chapter 6) NWT Air dispatch office
Chapter 7) YZF main ramp
Chapter 8) Old Town float base
Chapter 9) Conair DC-6, Trackers, CL-215s
Chapter 10) Float base action
Chapter 11) Classic props YZF
Chapter 12) 737-200 action
Chapter 13) More HS748
Chapter 14) Boeing 737-200s
Chapter 15) Summer float base
Chapter 16) DVD previews
Total running time: 76 minutes
This DVD is available in NTSC region-free format which will work on all current European DVD players.