After 1,000 flights on a DC-3 to and from Yellowknife over the past four years, Buffalo Airways’ Peter Magill is trading in his flying commute for more time in Hay River.
“It’s been an emotional day,” said Magill, shortly after getting off the plane in Hay River on Sept. 27. “It’s been a wonderful four years and the commute has been pretty unique; no road rage, I don’t have to drive, and it’s much better than a bus.”
Magill and his wife moved to Hay River four years ago for the former’s job at Buffalo Airways as the manager of promotions and retail, and they plan to stay even now that Magill is leaving the company.
“It was a great opportunity to practise what I went to school for,” he said. “The Buffalo team accepted me as part of the family and allowed me to help grow a business. It was great.”
Buffalo Airways’ Kathy McBryan said the commitment to Hay River is admirable as evidenced by the Magills staying in town, and also Peter Magill’s commute to and from Yellowknife every workday for the last four years.
“Other than Joe himself, Peter is probably the only person who has flown over 1,000 flights in a DC-3,” she said, referring to Buffalo Airways president Joe McBryan. “It’s nice to see people come to Hay River to stay. It takes a lot of commitment to stay here and not move to Yellowknife for the job.”
McBryan thanked Magill for the four years of hard work he devoted to the company, adding she is pleased to have been a part of bringing new people into the community.
“He’s going to spread his wings a bit,” she said. “Buffalo wishes him the best.”
As for what’s next for Magill, he said he is entertaining a few job offers, but plans to take some time to take it easy before making any decisions.
“I have some opportunities I’m going to consider,” he said. “But for right now I just want to relax a bit and enjoy Hay River.”
— Sarah Ladik