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User currently offlineKetko2 From Japan, joined Sep 2006, 134 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 25465 times:

Hi all!

I have one question for regspotters: What software do you use to log your sightings on PC?
If you create your custom DB in access, ... could you please post some screenshots?

I am trying to find the right solution for myself.

Thanks for reply.

Best regards, Keishi Nukina

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User currently offlineEIDAA From Ireland, joined Oct 2006, 841 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 24988 times:

I would also like to know what other software people use.

I currently just use MS Excel, tracking the operator, type, registration, MSN, date, location and "comments". Unfortunately with around 4,000 entries at this point, auto-filters tend to drop certain data from searches, so I would be interested to know what others use.


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User currently offlineKetko2 From Japan, joined Sep 2006, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 24980 times:


I started using Access recently. I have created a set of tables, one for airframes which includes ID, which is the CN with a prefix, so I can set it as a unique value (for eg. A32S.2143), then it has the CN itself, LN, Manufacturer, Type and Subtype. It also includes frame type (jet, prop,...) and the registration it was wearing when last seen.

The second table is called Sightings and it includes data about each sightings of a particular airframe - ID to relate it to the previous table, Registration, Operator, Location, Date, Remark and a * if it is first time seen.

Last main table is table Photos, which is unrelated to the other two, however I have an auto-fill on my form, so it automatically fills remaining data after entering registration of the plane on the photos. It also contains location of the photo on the disc, so it can display it.

Beside that, I have a couple of forms and reports, which help me organizing/browsing the data.

Firstly there is the main form, which just has buttons to go to the others.

Then there is the 'logging tool', which I use to input data about the sightings. The upper part contains detail about the frame selected in the bottom part. The default data for the new sightings can be set on the main page for the ease of inputting frames from one trip.

Finally, there are two forms for managing/browsing the photos table.
First is a form for adding them. And the second is for browsing. The browsing form isnt great, but Im working on making it better.

I also have created some report, for the ease of browsing.

That's it. Firstly I wanted to buy ADU or some other commercial product, but then, I found iout, that I dont need tens of thousands of airframes already in, so I decided to craete my own one and Im happy with that decision to say.

Now I only have to input three years worth of frames/sightings/photos.

Best regards, Keishi

User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined exactly 12 years ago today! , 4904 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 24963 times:

The word "used" to describe the condition of my copy is an absolute understatement. Page after page of my markings on the reg numbers-sightings, aircraft I flew on, additions, retirements. It's WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL used!!!

Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineMidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 659 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 24584 times:

I use Notebook v1.0. It was going well, but then I decided to get the pencil / eraser addon, so I could fix mistakes more easily Big grin

User currently offlineMidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 659 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 23753 times:

Quoting Ketko2 (Reply 2):
I started using Access recently

So...how do you get it to look like what you have? I would love to use that, but from what I've seen, it's completely different...

User currently offlineKetko2 From Japan, joined Sep 2006, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 23638 times:


What do you mean by "its completely different'?

Regards, Keishi

User currently offlineMidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 659 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 23620 times:

Quoting Ketko2 (Reply 6):
"its completely different'

I mean, it does not look like that. Unless I saw a different version... I would love to use the program that he posted pictures of. What is it, and how do I make it like that?

User currently offlinebrumgav From UK - England, joined Jul 2012, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 14092 times:


I know this thread is old now but I guess there are still some people looking for this. What about this website, http://spottedplanes.co.uk

Really good website for logging planes you see and its free too. Filter and search on logged aircraft is really useful.

Check it out!

User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5362 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 13918 times:

There's also www.planelogger.com

They have their own database so you don't need to enter the information yourself - just enter the reg and it will look it up for you.

It's also a great site just for looking up registrations, they have one of the largest databases of regs on the net - pretty much every aircraft that's ever been built since the end of WWII. They've got everything from Comets to 787's. Even the Space Shuttle and Spruce Goose are in there!

That'll teach you
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