Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada,
is a family owned and operated pilot truck business. Founded by Dave and Karen Felker. Having been in the construction business for years in the far north, the company is able to supply trucks on a 24/7 basis along with other needs for the transportation industry.
Having lived up in the north for years they have traveled most every road in the territories, including the winter roads which contain some of the worst northern weather imaginable. All of their trucks are fully equipped and ready to roll & handle what ever emergencies may come up. Their drivers have a vast amount of experience in the north country's transportation industry, as they all have spent their entire lives in the area.
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These oil rigs need to be serviced year round, whether exploratory, being moved, or in full production. Getting the convoys in and out safely is the job of the pilot car system, scouting out all the dangers of the chosen route, and guiding traffic around them safely.
This next group of photos show that even in the best of conditions, problems will arise.
A group of random photos from 2 different trips.
The fact that it snows after dark is no reason to hold up production. Transportation time in the north is critical. Warnings of oncoming traffic by the scouting pilot car gives his followers instructions to move over and wait in the single lane road, to give other oversize loads the chance to pass in safety.
Spring thaw, when all heavy transporting comes to a halt.
Cleaned up, rested up, now time to move out again. There are bridges to be built.
In all kinds of weather, roads or no roads, the pilot car is there to assist in the movement of oversize loads,
to guide them safely to their destination.
The photos (below) show how they barley crossed with the quads. You can see by these that there are washouts at the end of every bridge. After freeze up they just fill and pack them with snow. Their portable ramps are 6 ft long, so when they say 20 km going onto the bridge, you want to believe them, it's really hard on front axles.