A message from our network

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Arnie Schreder. As Chief Pilot at Buffalo Air, Arnie was a star on Ice Pilots NWT for three great seasons. Arnie’s remarkable knowledge, kind demeanor and unwavering dedication to mentoring the next generation of Ice Pilots made him massively popular with Buffalo colleagues and Ice Pilots NWT fans alike. His huge heart, generosity and wry wit will truly be missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this time.

A message from our producers

We were very saddened to hear of the passing on May 4th of Buffalo Airways' former chief pilot Arnie Schreder. Arnie was a key subject in our documentary series, Ice Pilots NWT and one of our viewers' favourite pilots over three seasons of the show.

"Before we started shooting the series, Arnie was the first to warmly welcome us", says series producer David Gullason. "He showed us around and invited me on a check-out ride for a new pilot on the C46. He was always warm, friendly and generous with everyone."

Arnie trained hundreds of pilots at Buffalo over the years and took each one under his wing. He understood how scared they were going from flying small, single engine aircraft to giant warplanes. It was under his calm guidance that Buffalo turned out some of the best pilots in the business; many now fly for major airlines around the world.

Arnie retired in 2010 from Buffalo but returned to fly one last job, stunt flying a DC4 for a two-hour documentary that recreated World War Two's daring dambusters raid. To no one's surprise, Arnie was able to expertly bomb a specially built dam just as RAF aces did over 60 years ago.

We extend our deep condolences to Arnie's spouse Janet, daughters Yvette and Kaitlyn and the rest of his family.