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February 2, 2012

The Weather Channel Takes Flight With Ice Pilots

The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) announced today it will add "Ice Pilots" to its new primetime lineup. This docu-series follows what happens when a cargo and transport airline pairs adventurous pilots with aging warplanes in the harsh conditions of Canada's Northwest Territories. Produced by Omni Film, the series is comprised of 6x 30-minute episodes and will premiere Monday, March 5, at 9 p.m. ET, repeating at 12 a.m. ET.

"Ice Pilots" follows the last of the true Arctic aviators as they fly vintage war planes to haul people, fuel, and supplies to far flung outposts in the Canadian North, chronicling the struggles and triumphs of the pilots and their planes in harsh, and often perilous, conditions. Based in Yellowknife, NT, Canada, the series showcases the pilots and would-be pilots of Buffalo Airways, an extraordinary northern airline with the world's most unusual fleet - big, piston-powered propeller planes that were first flown in World War II. The crew members share sky-high dreams, an appetite for adventure and nerves of steel, but prove to be as diverse as the North itself, from fresh-faced ramp hands vying for flying time, to seasoned pilots making the flight of a lifetime or hard-edged engineers making repairs in minus 40-degree weather. The crew discovers what makes each member tick as they battle extreme weather conditions, the limits of World War II-era aircraft, and sometimes one another in order to keep Buffalo Airways and their flying dreams alive.

"‘Ice Pilots' will captivate viewers and give them a rare glimpse into this little-known world where weather plays a huge role," said Bob Walker, executive vice president and general manager of networks and content, The Weather Channel Companies. "This series introduces engaging characters and stories and allows viewers to experience the extreme work environment that makes these pilots' lives so unique."

"Ice Pilots" joins TWC's growing stable of long-form original content, which includes its most recent additions, "Coast Guard Alaska," and "Twist of Fate," as well as upcoming series "Lifeguard!" (premieres Feb. 23), anthology series "Braving the Elements" (April 17), and "Hurricane Hunters" (July 2012).


About The Weather Channel Companies
The Weather Channel companies (TWCC) are made up of The Weather Channel® television network, The Weather Channel digital properties, and WSI. The Weather Channel is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 100 million U.S. households. TWCC also operates Weatherscan®, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. The most popular source of weather news and information, TWCC properties reach 60 million monthly Web consumers (weather.com and Desktop) and 32 million monthly mobile users (mobile Web and applications) and offers the second most popular mobile app on all smartphones. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.