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Old 02-06-2013, 12:45 PM   #1  
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Looking for some advice as how to handle logging Level D Sim time I've acquired at my regional. I'm starting to apply and have an interview coming up and do not want to be asked any questions over something silly like logging SIM time in my logbook. A lot of places I have applied do not want SIM Time counted toward their Total Time requirement, so I have set my logbook Pro up to not count it towards TT, but I do have the entries in there. Is it required to but the FAA Sim registration number in the logbook, possibly the location (e.g. Flight Safety)?
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Sim time is logged in one column: "simulator". It's never flight time; you never left the ground. You do not count it as total flight time, since you were not flying.
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Sim time is logged in one column: "simulator". It's never flight time; you never left the ground. You do not count it as total flight time, since you were not flying.
Otto, thanks for your post. I understand what you mean by flight time, but the question then could be asked, what does Total Time mean, only flight time? And do you know if when entering SIM time, if the SIM FAA number is required?
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Otto, thanks for your post. I understand what you mean by flight time, but the question then could be asked, what does Total Time mean, only flight time? And do you know if when entering SIM time, if the SIM FAA number is required?
I've never entered the FAA number, but then I don't care anymore. After 7 airline type ratings and annual sim flying, it doesn't matter to me. I've put every "loggable" sim in the sim column. I doubt anyone would want the FAA number or level. If its at an airline, they can verify you flew it in training.

Total time is total flight time, so I never put it there. Simulator is logged as simulated flight time.
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Airlines are concerned with Flight Time in aircraft and Total Time is generally meant as Total Flight Time. Some pilot logbooks are set up for pilots in training to log sim time because it can be counted towards a rating. However, in an airline interview I wouldn't bother emphasizing sim time. If you do have a "sim" column in your logbook that you're adding into the "Total" column, just make sure Total-Sim=Flight Time.
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Is there any need to even log sim time?
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Otto and HSLD, thank you both for your contributions and guidance on this topic
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Is there any need to even log sim time?
For currency.
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Agree with what others have posted. SIM time is not part of your total time.
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I always logged the type of sim (ex ATC920) and the location. Tribal knowledge was that this was an FAA requirement, and it does make sense so there's some accountability if anyone (the FAA) ever needs to go back and verify your history.

As others have said, sim time is not "flight time", which has an FAR definition requiring an aircraft that actually flies.

"Total Time" is defined by the FAA, it can be whatever you want it to be.

But be very careful mixing flight time with anything else. When employers (especially 121) ask about flight time or total time they mean actual aircraft. If you give them a number including sim time or any other non-flight time without calling that out they'll probably assume you're trying to pad your time. Buh-Bye!
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