Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2424 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.
ZBBbird From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 58 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2395 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
Okie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2714 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2385 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.
LimaFoxTango From Antigua and Barbuda, joined Jun 2004, 745 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2366 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!!
You are said to be a good pilot when your take-off's equal your landings.
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3117 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2360 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