Tight Floats and Tailwinds (by W.T. (Tim) Cole)
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Follow Tim Cole through the adventures of his flying career and how he returned to his aviation roots. Working as a bush pilot in Northern Quebec and Labrador he quickly rose through the ranks to become chief pilot for Laurentian Air Services, the renowned Canadian bush airline. As a Twin Otter pilot, he flew for Airtransit, the Canadian Government’s STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) demonstration service, between Ottawa and Montreal. He moved to the West Coast and flew Twin Otter floatplanes for AirWest Airlines. Tim joined Transport Canada and became the “The Queen's Bush Pilot in BC.” During his thirty-one-year rise to management levels, as a Civil Aviation Inspector, he experienced the perils of both the wilderness and the boardroom.
Take a peek into the inner workings of Transport Canada in its heyday, when it was not only a regulator but also when it operated the air navigation system, air traffic control, and many of the airports in Canada. An active pilot in retirement, Tim flew extensively throughout Canada as he continued to serve the aviation community in BC as a director for the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and the BC Aviation Council.