Status: Description: 83-IP NWT: S01E02 Pre-Christmas Rush: C46, DC3-C47, L-188
S01E02: (102) "Pre-Christmas Rush" (Air date: 25 November 2009)
(Aircraft: C46, DC3-C47, L-188. Landings max – 400fpm, No AP/GPS)
It's the Christmas season and the northern communities depend on Buffalo more than ever to fly in food and supplies. But the engine in the C-46 seizes up in the tiny town of Norman Wells, stranding Scott and AJ and causing a chain reaction that pushes the whole company to the breaking point. Crusty mechanic Chuck Adams faces the challenge of replacing the entire engine—bare-handed in the ?30 °C (?22 °F) deep freeze—on the remote tarmac. Back at the Yellowknife hangar, tempers flare as cargo manager Kelly Jurasevich is pushed to the breaking point to re-route the Christmas food and goods. But when the landing gear on the backup C-46 gets stuck, captain Devan Brooks must turn back. Yet Joe presses Mikey in no uncertain terms; they've got to get the goods out somehow.
After landing on leg 3, one of the engines on the C46A seizes. What to do? The Buffalo Air cargo deliveries are already backed up. At -50F not much is running!! We get back to Yellowknife: the other C46 has gear problems so we’ll have to try our last resort: and try to put the Lockheed Electra L-188 into service to do the cargo deliveries: It’s the only aircraft that is still running in these cold temps and it is the only aircraft that has the haulage capacity to deliver the backlog of cargo!
This is our version of “Ice Pilots – NWT” - S01E02 “Pre-Christmas Rush”:
7 Legs: Flights: AKAIP0047-4N through AKAIP0053-4N.