Flying With Buffalo Joe: an Australian aviation expert gets hands-on experience in the northern skies.
Steven travels all the way from Brisbane, and finds himself closer to the Ice Pilots than he’d ever imagined possible.
From Aurora hunting to dogsledding to driving the Ice Road: hear more of Steven’s non-stop Northwest Territories adventures.
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Chief engineer at a major global aeronautics firm and president of the Australian Aerobatic Club’s Queensland Chapter, Steven Hudson shares some “happy snaps” from his recent dream trip to the Northwest Territories.
After landing in Yellowknife, “Spectacular Steve” finds his arrival has already been anticipated.
A chance encounter with some friendly Yellowknifers while out Aurora hunting led to an invitation for Steven to visit the Buffalo Airways hanger and “climb around” on their vintage birds.
One of Buffalo Airway’s WWII vintage aircraft, still in regular use. “The Ice Pilots program has made Buffalo Airways and Yellowknife pretty well known in Australia.”'
“Driving on the Ice Road was another surreal experience. I actually drove a car—on a lake! I pulled up, brushed off a little bit of snow and was there looking through eight feet of ice. With huge cracks in it.“
“Every night we were going out to places, to eat at interesting restaurants around town like Bullock’s Bistro—that’s something that you don’t get in a lot of towns: lovely fresh fish fresh out of the lake, served up to you hours after it’s been caught and cooked beautifully.”
Steven and his wife were introduced to dogsledding: “Once again, an experience we’ve only seen on television, or in books. The concept of a team of dogs pulling a sled is like something out of a Christmas story.”