For The Love of Flying

For The Love of FlyingFor the Love of Flying tells the story of Laurentian Air Services and its subsidiaries, Air Schefferville, Delay River Outfitters and more.

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Drawing on extensive research and interviews with Laurentian’s owners, pilots and ground crew, author Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail explores this innovative company’s colourful 60-year history from its founding in 1936 with biplanes through the 1990s when it operated twin-engine turboprops.

This book is filled with lively flying anecdotes from the cockpits of the world’s most recognizable bushplanes, including the Beaver, Otter, Douglas DC-3 and Grumman Goose. From daring rescues and close calls, to the filming of Hollywood’s Captains of the Clouds, to the perils of flying Canada’s most eccentric millionaire, Laurentian’s pilots did it all. Interlaced with these fascinating accounts are the stories of back-country air tourism, the mineral and hydro-power boom in Quebec and Newfoundland-Labrador, and commercial aviation in North America.

With an exciting collection of photographs – many of which have never been published before – For the Love of Flying is a long-overdue book that will appeal to all who enjoy the romance of flying on the frontier.

Smithsonian’s Air&Space Magazine Lauds For The Love of Flying:

“For those curious about the nuts and bolts of bush flying, I’d recommend Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail’s For the Love of Flying, a chronicle of the origin, people, and places of a charter air operation in eastern Canada…. Begun as a family-history project, the book developed into a beautifully illustrated account of a well-known aviation business. Brochures, advertisements, articles, and sidebars about flying in the wet wilderness are scattered among contemporary and historic photographs, and all of it gives FLOF the ability to transport readers on journeys to the outer reaches of the civilized world.”

Glowing COPA Review!

Bob Merrick, the “Fireside Aviator” for the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) monthly newspaper says in the July 2009 issue:

For the Love of Flying is a fast-paced, enjoyable look back at aviation’s early days, and it is entertaining reading for the casual aviator, to help fill those days when the weather conspires to keep people on the ground. It’s also a gold mine for the serious historians who wish do to their own book describing Canada’s aviation history.”

Quebec‘s Plein Vol Magazine calls For The Love of Flying “un livre captivant”!

Reviewer Jean-Claude Marcoux says the following: “FLOF est un livre captivant, bien écrit et truffé de photos. Metcalfe-Chenail démontre un souci du détail, son sens d’humour et une facilité  à raconter. Voici un très beau livre, qui fera le bonheur de tous ceux qui s’intéressent  à l’extraordinaire saga de l’aviation canadienne et québécoise. Il reste à souhaiter une traduction dans la langue de Molière…”

© 2011 Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail. All Rights Reserved.