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08-02-2012, 08:01 AM
I have found some information on this through the search option, but want to get some newer information. I'm a military only pilot with a standard military logbook and have not done anything electronically. I am preparing to begin applying for various airline jobs and am looking for some advice on how to prepare my logbook and track my flying hours.
Is it mandatory to put it into electronic form or is that just a better way of organizing it?
What are some of the more popular logbook software programs that people are using?
Any additional info would be appreciated.
08-02-2012, 08:16 AM
It is not (as far as I know) mandatory to be in electronic form. I did mine about 3 1/2 - 4 years ago and now it is a breeze to update and looks much more professional. Also found tons of mistakes...addition errors etc..
I used the free one off of the APC website. With a couple of mods for my personal likes, it is great. And did I mention free? I also downloaded an app for my iphone called Flogger. Works great for $9.99 and it can be programed to backup data your laptop / desktop.
Hope this helps.
08-02-2012, 08:31 AM
I would def recommend spending the time to "electronify" your logbooks. It will make all the application process easier and more accurate.
If you're an apple guy, LogTen Pro is the way to go. It works on iPhone, iPad and Mac (either one, or all the above with syncing between all platforms)
08-02-2012, 08:44 AM
It's definitely not a requirement to have an electronic logbook.
I know many people just create their own excel spreadsheet and that works great. Like was already mentioned, there is a free one on APC which is pretty good. Another one is LogbookPro...it's expensive, but I bought it a long time ago before I started military flying. It's a great program that has tons of feature that are "nice to have." But the one on APC would probably serve your purpose well.
The reason e-books are nice to have are for the airline applications. The way they want you to break down your time is ridiculous. If you've only flow a few planes in the military, then it's not a big issue, especially if you've only flow single-seat fighters. But if you have multiple aircraft, been a CFI, or SIC...it's gets to be a real headache.
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