It's true, Jim Kasparek landed his plane, accidentally, on the ranch of the President of the United States! This and other true accounts from the logbooks of an aviation enthusiast are sure to entertain and captivate readers of all ages. Humorous and informative with bits of wisdom and philosophy, all pilots, from beginner to pro or even those who just wish they could fly, will enjoy the stories and wit contained in these pages. Jim shares his experiences from his first lessons at age 15 in the 1950s through earning a commercial certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings, and flying approximately twenty-five different makes and models of airplanes. Fly along as the author relates the learning process and accompany him on flights to deliver brand-new small airplanes across the U.S. Join the excitement of flying one's personal plane from Colorado to both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. All pilots can learn dos and don'ts from the experiences of other pilots. Learn to fly safely and to marvel at the wonderful world of flight in small airplanes. Appreciate the fantastic beauty and size of our country as seen from the pilot's seat. Treat yourself to The First Thousand Hours and give it as a gift to fellow aviation buffs.