Against the Wind: Hope Sees The Invisible

Against the Wind: Hope Sees The Invisible

by Tony F. Powell
Against the Wind: Hope Sees The Invisible

Against the Wind: Hope Sees The Invisible

by Tony F. Powell


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Tony Powell was born on March 16, 1955 in Charlottetown, Labrador, NL, on the Northeast Coast of Canada, son of the late Benjamin and Effie Powell. Together they had nine children - seven boys and two girls. Six boys become bush pilots. Tony is married to Ida Powell, and they have one child, Ramsey, who is a medical doctor.

Tony will take you on his life's journey. His stories are captivating, inspiring, and heart-wrenching. He never faltered in achieving his dreams and aspirations.

Tony has a great love for family and history. His greatest qualities are his positive attitude and calm nature, never allowing negative thinking to weaken his strengths and defeat his goals.

Tony's early years took him to the rich fishing ground off the shores of Labrador. At the tender age of seven he would accompany his dad and the crew to haul the cod traps in an ol' 10-metre motorboat. At age fourteen he was fishing as a share-man on his dad's longliner in the furry seas of Northern Labrador.

At age seventeen Tony was guiding sports fishermen from all over the world, fishing for trout and Atlantic salmon in our rich Labrador rivers and streams. Their excitement became his enjoyment.

Tony begin his career as a commercial pilot at the age of twenty. His love of flight included seven years with Labrador Airways, coupled with three years flying the mission plane out of North West River, Labrador.

Tony's dream was to have his own flying service. Pursuing his dream, he became owner/Chief Pilot of Labrador Travel Air, an aircraft charter company. With the newly constructed Trans Labrador Highway along our shores, Labrador Travel Air became history.

He has 45 years of flying experience and 27,000 hours of flight time on over 30 different types of single-and multi-engine aircraft on wheels, skis and floats, including a commercial helicopter licence, often logging 1500 hours in a single year. In Tony's years of flight thus far he is very proud to have a proven record of never having any injuries to his passengers or himself.

Tony continues to fly seasonally on a legendary Beaver seaplane for Portland Creek Aviation, and has his own PA-18 Super Cub C-GTFP.

I invite you to come experience first hand Captain Tony Powell behind the controls of the legendary de Havilland pistonpowered Beaver during the seventies without heaters in -50ºC temperatures. Watch him perform many lifesaving mercy flights while battling some of nature's most severe weather conditions anywhere on the planet. His described flights will surely capture the attention of the most avid flyer as we witness him survive engine failures and even a crash landing amongst the huge trees in Labrador.

Come live out in real time his heroic shipwreck. Sit on his modified Mach Z Ski-Doo and feel the adrenaline flow through your veins as you race for dear life up the big mountain in the Race on the Rock at Marble Mountain, NL.

At age forty-eight, Tony was diagnosed with fourth and final stage cancer. Learn of his prognosis, and his courageous determination to survive. Experience his fight to beat the odds.

Throughout Tony's recollections you will travel by air, water and land, experiencing historic events and fatal airplane crash scenes in Labrador, including the story of his Grandfather Powell sailing onboard the Dorothy Duff while delivering a load of salt cod fish to the Mediterranean Sea during WWI. It will surely chill you to your core.

Tony will welcome you to his childhood family home where you will find pure love overcoming many of life's obstacles. Find out the true meaning of perseverance, courage and strength.

Tony has shown us what life's struggles are all about and how he survived them.

This book is a true reflection of living our lives one day at a time. Each day we all journey Against the Wind and survive the storms of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780228836834
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication date: 12/10/2020
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Tony Powell was born and raised at Charlottetown, Labrador, Newfoundland Labrador, a proud member of NunatuKavut, Southern Inuit of Labrador. He is mixed blood Inuit and European decent, the son of the late Author Benjamin W. Powell of Charlottetown, Labrador, NL. His mom was the late Effie Mary Campbell Powell, born at George's Cove, ten miles south of Square Islands on the southeast coast of Labrador. Married to Ida Powell of Conche, on the great Northern Peninsula of NL, they have a son, Ramsey Powell, who is a medical Doctor. When Tony was a boy the main mode of transportation along the Labrador Coast was by a Team of husky dogs or snowshoes. A travelling doctor and nurse visited our community once during the winter by dog team, and once during the summer by boat. The first scheduled Aircraft passenger service was Labrador Airways by single engine Otter in 1970 winter time only.

Table of Contents

Dedication vii

About the Author ix

Forward xi

A Note from a Friend of the Author xv

Chapter 1 Early Days 1

Chapter 2 We Lose Everything in a House Fire 7

Chapter 3 Moving to Square Islands 14

Chapter 4 My First Hunting Trip 17

Chapter 5 Sad News Arrives 21

Chapter 6 Tony Gets His First Boat and Motor 26

Chapter 7 Tall Ships Enter Square Island Harbour 32

Chapter 8 First Trip to the Snowmobile Races in 1969 35

Chapter 9 First Flight 38

Chapter 10 The Easter Snowmobile Races 42

Chapter 11 First Hydro Engineer Arrives in Charlottetown 47

Chapter 12 Grandfather Herbert W. Powell 50

Chapter 13 Port Hope Simpson Sports Day 1974 58

Chapter 14 Sailing North on the MV Boavista 64

Chapter 15 Fishing at Ironbound Islands, Northern Labrador 74

Chapter 16 Iron Bound islands Shipwreck, 1975 80

Chapter 17 Tony Goes to Flying School 99

Chapter 18 Float Endorsement 107

Chapter 19 My First Landing Home in the Pilot's Seat 112

Chapter 20 Commercial Pilot Training 116

Chapter 21 Hired by Labrador Airways 121

Chapter 22 The Fun Has Begun 124

Chapter 23 Windbound at Nain 130

Chapter 24 Search and Rescue North of Nain 136

Chapter 25 Blowin' in the Wind 142

Chapter 26 Last of the Ole-Time Bush Pilots 146

Chapter 27 Engine Failure in the Piston Otter 154

Chapter 28 End of Float Season 159

Chapter 29 Mercy Flight in the Mission Plane 161

Chapter 30 Historic Aircraft Tragedy 1939 164

Chapter 31 Rescue Flight in the Red Wine Mountains 169

Chapter 32 The Ocean Ranger Tragedy 173

Chapter 33 Tony Goes IFR, Spring of 1982 176

Chapter 34 Checked Out on the DHC-6 Twin Otter Floatplane 183

Chapter 35 Overnight Caribou Hunting Adventure 186

Chapter 36 Aircraft Seized, Pilot and Hunters Jailed 190

Chapter 37 Fun Flying in My Citabria 193

Chapter 38 Low-Level Mercy Flight on New Year's Day 195

Chapter 39 Close Call Flying Between Sept-Iles, QC, and Goose Bay 198

Chapter 40 My Cessna 185 Adventures 204

Chapter 41 My Worst Aircraft Accident 210

Chapter 42 Search for Missing Boy on the Gilbert River 215

Chapter 43 Flying Sport Fisherman 219

Chapter 44 1987 Argo ATV Trip to St. Lewis Falls 222

Chapter 45 New State-of-the-Art Robertson Steel Aircraft Hangar 227

Chapter 46 Flying Home My First Twin-Engine Aircraft 229

Chapter 47 Cool November Bath 231

Chapter 48 My Longest and Toughest Ferry Flight 235

Chapter 49 Fatal Day 249

Chapter 50 Meeting the Love of My Life 259

Chapter 51 Snowmobile vs Airplane 265

Chapter 52 Search for Missing Boat Over the North Atlantic Ocean 267

Chapter 53 Quick Flight to Halifax with a Broken Engine 270

Chapter 54 Rescue Mission on a Cool Winter Night 272

Chapter 55 Training To Be a Helicopter Pilot 274

Chapter 56 Charlottetown's Worst Accident 281

Chapter 57 Hoisted Out of the Trees After Prospecting for Gold! 285

Chapter 58 Tony Rides His Snowmobile Five Hundred Kilometres for the Drag Races 288

Chapter 59 Tony Diagnosed with Fourth and Final Stage Cancer 295

Chapter 60 Tony Crowned King of the Hill 312

Chapter 61 Cain's Quest: World's Toughest Snowmobile Endurance Race 318

Chapter 62 Tony's Narrow Escape on the Hawke River 330

Chapter 63 Another Aircraft Missing in Labrador 335

Chapter 64 Summary of Memories 342

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