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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Ibu Alvarado's 9,000 Hours and Counting: A Pilot's Log shares with readers the author's passion for flight and it is also an expression of his gratitude towards those who played a crucial role in making it possible for him to fulfill his passion for flying. The memoir is a compilation of the author's experiences as a pilot, a passenger, and a bystander in the aviation environment. His life as a pilot takes readers to different destinations, uncertain situations, interesting experiences, and his career in aviation. Starting with his simple beginnings in Panama, the memoir will take readers on an adventurous journey along with the author. His story is entertaining and engaging and might encourage many readers to take up flying.
The descriptions of the author's flying experiences will help readers get to know the author and his life better and take them right into Changuinola in the '60s where there were no flying schools or clubs. The author shares many pictures and his first solo flight tells readers how he felt; a sense of skill and mastery over space, time, and life itself. This book will appeal to all those who love flying and also to those who want to become a pilot, especially if they are from the Central or South American region. The author's experiences of going through no set itineraries, visiting exotic and unheard of places, encountering unique passengers and cargo, and his satisfaction before, during, and after a flight sum up the 9,000 hours of his flying.