Against the Wind: Hope Sees The Invisible

Today it is my pleasure to welcome author Tony F. Powell and his biography/autobiography Against the Wind: Hope Sees The Invisible

Author’s description

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 -50°C 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.

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.

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Enjoy an Excerpt

Historic Aircraft Tragedy 1939 continued…

He said he made it outside then fainted for the only time in his life. After he came around he ran back to tell his father something very bad happened in the old house: there were three dead men inside. His father and brother Rupert went inside and had a good look around, finding papers and writings. They left and came upon the downed airplane about two miles away. They had to go and report their findings. The nearest wireless telegraph office was at Hopedale. After spending the night in their tent, they left early in the morning and they met up with old William Able and his son Joey, who lived with their families in the next bay. Joey got ready right away and went with his father to Hopedale so they could report the sad findings. Leonard and Rupert would go south to find the Newfoundland ranger but because they were tired they decided it would be best to go back home to Island Harbour for the night. Early the next morning they left for Makkovik. They were told the ranger was gone south as far as Cape Harrison. The next day Bill Andersen took Leonard south to meet Ranger Bragg at Seal Cove, at Uncle Charley Broomfield’s place. It was the ranger and Billy Winter’s dog team driver that would head back. The ranger was a little upset when they told him his father had gone to Hopedale to report the findings, saying, “You shouldn’t’ have done that, my report should have gone out first.”

The bodies were taken to Hopedale. The ranger put Harold, Stephen and Leonard McNeil up to the lake to watch over the airplane for the next fifteen days until an airplane, CF-ABX, arrived with fuel and another pilot and mechanic. He told me the aircraft was from Dominion Skyways in Quebec.

The floats were removed from CF-BND and skis installed. Fueled, it started up perfect first try. Then the pilot offered him a ride to Hopedale, in either of the airplanes. Even though his dad told him not to go up in any airplane he couldn’t turn down this opportunity; he was nervous but anxious to go. He chose CF-ABX, thinking the other plane had been there for a long time and it could have trouble. Sitting next to the pilot, shortly after going airborne the pilot asked him if he knew the land. Young Leonard told him yes, he did, and pointed towards Hopedale, straight ahead. They landed fifteen minutes later with the other airplane landing behind them. His father and Bob Stevenson came out to meet the plane, and his dad was surprised to see him getting out, saying, “You took a chance to come in an airplane! I told you not to do that!”

He replied, “I’m here now, Dad.”

Sometime later both aircrafts loaded up and left to fly back to where they came from somewhere In Quebec with a fuel stop in Northwest River, Labrador. The floats were shipped back on the coastal steamer in the summer. Mr. McNeil told me he really enjoyed that first airplane ride, even though the circumstances were sad.

As I think back to that terrible tragedy, I am grateful that those three men were flown back to their loving families and now have a final resting place

Thank you!

Tony F. Powell — we appreciate your sharing your book Against the Wind: Hope Sees The Invisible with us! Best of luck with sales, and with all of your future writing.

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