View from the Tower *Revised Edition* (by Grant B Evans)
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It is 1960 and a newly minted air traffic controller arrives with his young wife and daughter at the remote Port Hardy airport for his first posting. The evening before their arrival, a Pacific Western Airlines C-46 ran off the end of the runway while making a forced landing. The wreckage was being cleared away as their flight landed. It was not an auspicious beginning. Even so, Evans quickly grows to love the area with the fishing it offers and the eccentric characters he meets, and he embraces the territory with its wild storms and raw energy. With passion and humour, Evans takes the reader through one adventure after another while tracing the past of northern Vancouver Island and its people.
In this revised edition, we learn more about Evans as he continues to seek new challenges. When a transfer and upgrade is offered, he jumps at it and works at both Victoria and Abbotsford towers, but soon misses the north coast of Vancouver Island. He returns to Port Hardy as chief of the tower, but things are not the same. Old friends have moved on and soon Grant does too when, a few years later, he takes us to his final challenge…a promotion to Vancouver Area Control Centre, where he eventually becomes an instructor. All along he regales us with stories, some laugh-out-loud funny, others full of pathos.
View from The Tower is a combination of humour, history, geography and memoir; an ode to airplanes and flight and a respectful tribute to a special time in British Columbia’s history. The reader is transported to a place and time that no longer exists.