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User currently offlineInbound From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Sep 2001, 851 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2841 times:

Does anyone know of a good computer based logbook I can either buy or download?

I would like to back up my daily entries on my pc just for the sake of well...fun :p




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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2766 times:

If you have Excel you can make one up in probably 5 minutes

User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1042 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2741 times:

I'll second Excel, if you already have it and don't want to shell out money.

I've set mine up so that as I enter the flight info, it updates all the times so that on another sheet, it lists all the flight time by N-number, category and class, and month and year.

But one that I hear others recommend a lot is Logbook Pro, it's about $70.



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User currently offlineVneplus5 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

I think you should use Excel just for the sheer flexibility.

With commercial logbook software you are limited to the functionality which the programmers give you. With Excel it is unlimited, you can manipulate the data in any way imaginable.

On that subject, I would never trust a computer-based logbook as the primary way of recording flights. Everything goes in the good ol' fashioned paper logbook and then is entered on the spreadsheet.

Cheers.


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2729 times:

I used to use excel...good program for a logbook. Though, in a couple of hours, I taught myself Microsoft Access and it is now what I use. The custom searches are great as well as the ability to tie in databases. For example, I have a logbook database, a student database, an aircraft database, and so on. When I type an N# into my logbook, through the aircraft database, it automatically knows if its a single, twin, glider, etc...if its high performance, complex, ...

I don't know much at all about dedicated logbook programs.


User currently offlineDColeMAN From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 274 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2711 times:

I use Microsoft Works Database. Seems to be just as good as any other digital logbook  Smile

Dale



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User currently offlineZBBbird From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2700 times:

Hey, I agree with the above. Excel or a similar program is the way to go. I would never rely on it as a primary way to track hours, but it is a great backup. I went all out and have it setup so that I fill in the first page as a normal logbook, then on other pages it gives me a breakdown of total hours and totals of each category, as well as by plane, instructor and pax. As well, I added a nice little pie chart of hours by category  Smile  Smile

User currently offlineOkie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3044 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2690 times:

One of the problems that I have run into in other industries (non aviation) is that Excel and similar type programs are not always recognized as legal document since data can be changed at anytime.
I do not want to go into specifics here, but there are other alternatives on the market in which the data cannot be altered (Honeywell offers a system)
This legal issue came up involving a product that was recalled several years ago where the possibility (existed) that data could or may had been changed.
No names about the product here but they were black and round and rolled on the ground.

I suspect somewhere down the line FAA may make some new rule.

Okie


User currently offlineLimaFoxTango From Antigua and Barbuda, joined Jun 2004, 789 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2671 times:

As everyone above has said which I totally agree, use Excel. For me, it goes into the logbook first, then into Excel as a back up. I'm sure someone here wouldnt mind sending you a blank copy of their spreadsheet so you can see what everyone is talking about. If you want, I can send you a blank copy of mine. Jus email me. Btw, hows there weather there? It's nice and sunny up here!!


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User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3150 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2665 times:

Excel here as well. If only I kept up with it...

It's not my primary but it's a great way to separate all the info. This comes in real handy when you need to fill out an 8710 form or get total time in type for a job. Mine's about a year behind though. One of these days I'll get around to updating it  Smile



DMI
User currently offlineInbound From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Sep 2001, 851 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

thanks for all the suggestions  Smile

V2-LFT, lots of rain down here, sick and tired of it.

glad to hear you have sunshine up there in ANU. these islands deserve it after such a rough hurricane season.

I wouldn't mind the blank page as a sample....just click on my name and send the info there.

thanks in advance
and thanks again for all the replies.



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User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2615 times:

Flyf15,

Is it pretty easy to set up the aircraft database and link it to a logbook database in Access?

pilottim747



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