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ArmyFW
05-30-2018, 09:10 AM
Does anyone have a preference for a specific digital logbook? Iíve been using an app called PilotLog which is free and seems good enough for now but I know there are probably better ones out there. Iíve read some of the other threads that talk about logbooks already but couldnít find anything concrete.


bizzlepilot
05-30-2018, 09:20 AM
I don't think you'll ever find anything concrete. You'll get a lot of differing opinions from each of us. I personally use Log Ten Pro and been very happy with it, so I don't plan on changing. Others may disagree, but it gives me everything I need. Good luck on the search!

rickair7777
05-30-2018, 10:06 AM
Logbook Pro generates a report that exactly matches the AirlineApps flight time format. That's very helpful for monthly updates, which is what the legacies like to see.


BeatNavy
05-30-2018, 10:07 AM
Excel, backed up in the cloud. Free. Customizable. I would never pay for a logbook, especially one with a subscription. Kept all my army and civilian stuff just fine over the last 12 years.

ArmyFW
05-30-2018, 03:14 PM
When you go to interview for an airline and they ask for a logbook do you just pull up the app on your iPad and show them what it says? Or is there a specific format used.

BeatNavy
05-30-2018, 03:39 PM
When you go to interview for an airline and they ask for a logbook do you just pull up the app on your iPad and show them what it says? Or is there a specific format used.

You print out whatever you have if you have a digital logbook. For army time, your 759 is sufficient...no logbook needed. If you have it in a logbook with civilian stuff, thatís fine too. Digital logbook programs have various printout options for various things (pilot credentials, airline apps, interviews, etc.). My excel sheet prints out a report showing total time by aircraft in a summary sheet, as well as leg by leg entries. It doesnít really matter so long as itís accurate and looks professional. At JetBlue I saw nice printed out and bound logbooks, a whole bunch of little pocket logbooks clumped together, and everything in between. Just make it look nice and organized and youíll be fine.

bizzlepilot
05-31-2018, 11:19 AM
Just make it look nice and organized and youíll be fine.

That is the best advice. Whichever option you choose just make it look good. For my interviews I printed my entire logbook (mil and civ time) on nice paper and put it in a leather logbook binder I picked up online. You could easily do the same with an excel document if you go that route.

I also brought in my military flight time folder as an original source document just in case, but they never asked for it at any of my interviews.

rickair7777
05-31-2018, 12:54 PM
Excel is an option if you're frugal. You'll need to customize reports to match various airline app formats, as well something to generate a nice printout when the time comes.

BeatNavy
05-31-2018, 01:14 PM
Excel is an option if you're frugal, or a nerd, or copied a nerd's excel logbook. You'll need to customize reports to match various airline app formats, as well something to generate a nice printout when the time comes.

Fixed it for you. Sometimes I had nothing else to do on my regional overnights, so I nerded out.

And with the online app formats, so long as you have a breakdown of time by type (easily done with excel), it was fairly easy. The formulas were pretty easy to make various totals to assist with pilotcredentials and airlineapps, and one off weird totals like JetBlue's "EFIS" time.

Simple_Jack
06-01-2018, 05:32 PM
Ask 100 pilots youíll get 110 answers on which logbook is the best. Main options are to either: A) Pay a monthly fee for a premium program like Log Ten Pro, Logbook Pro, ForeFlight, etc; B) One time fee for a program like mccPilotLog; C) Excel (or paper)... free and can be customized to infinity and beyond depending on your level of nerdilization.

I started paper, then excel then finally paid the $70ish one time fee for mccPilotLog and it works great for me. Pretty much all the electronic ones have a way to print out nice logbook pages for an interview. Thereís plenty of comparisons out there on the interwebbing so Iíd recommend doing a little research. Good luck!

SikorskyDriver
06-02-2018, 02:58 AM
If your looking in the free realm Myflightbook app is fantastic. Its 1 guy who has developed it over years, will sync with many platforms and has a ton of features. My favorite is the flight tracking, will automatically start flight time at 70' and 70 knots and tracks all landings even in a helicopter. If your still in there are options to track everything including 95-1 minimums and ATP requirements.

One time I couldn't get it to update for two days on a flight and received an email from him stating that their had been a malfunction on the server and to check 3 of my flights just in case the server didn't capture them correctly. Blew my mind.

It will also generate reports for employers in all of the normal formats and for me its super useful as its constantly being updated with stuff like Sling Loads and Bambi bucket drops or formation flight for example.

Delta Echo
06-25-2018, 12:50 AM
But what do you mean concrete?
I use flygo log - Pilot Logbook International app for iphone, iPad - FlyGo-Aviation Ltd. (http://www.flygo-aviation.com/f/pilot-logbook-international/) , but I dont know what specific kind of logbook you need? (as you posted this in military topic :D)
I also tried Pilotlog, and many others, I found some of them not enough simple... but some people like more difficult ones anyway, when filling takes thirty minutes.... depends on.
:D


Does anyone have a preference for a specific digital logbook? Iíve been using an app called PilotLog which is free and seems good enough for now but I know there are probably better ones out there. Iíve read some of the other threads that talk about logbooks already but couldnít find anything concrete.

AFSOCFlyr
06-25-2018, 06:09 AM
Ask 100 pilots youíll get 110 answers on which logbook is the best. Main options are to either: A) Pay a monthly fee for a premium program like Log Ten Pro, Logbook Pro, ForeFlight, etc; B) One time fee for a program like mccPilotLog; C) Excel (or paper)... free and can be customized to infinity and beyond depending on your level of nerdilization.

I started paper, then excel then finally paid the $70ish one time fee for mccPilotLog and it works great for me. Pretty much all the electronic ones have a way to print out nice logbook pages for an interview. Thereís plenty of comparisons out there on the interwebbing so Iíd recommend doing a little research. Good luck!

I've given a few logbook apps (off the App Store) a half-hearted attempt, but I finally settled on Logbook Pro for organizing my hours for the purposes of applying to the airlines.

Up Side: The ability to run a "report" based on multiple criteria (date range, airframe, etc) to get key data as required by different airline applications makes life a lot easier. You can also import and export
data via Excel documents. Great support via email with a very quick turnaround (I usually get a reply in 1-3 hrs). They also have thorough how-to videos on their website. Oh yeah, there's also a cloud based backup of your data and you can enter new sortie data via their phone app which then syncs to your actual computer-based file.

Down Side: It's a very powerful program, but it takes a little while to learn all of the in's and out's (I'm sure I'm still only utilizing 20% of its capabilites). No telephone-based support. It's also not cheap. I don't remember what I paid for the annual subscription, and I'd probably rather keep it that way. Supposedly it's a PC only program, no Macs.



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