Log Book Rituals: keeping it up to date
A Pilot Log Book is an essential part of your flight equipment, so what are the rules and regulations around how often to log hours?
The short answer is … there aren’t any. This means that logging varies wildly from those who fill it in after each flight, to those who take the ‘roster-buster’ retrospective approach. The only non-negotiable it that it gets done!
Of course it helps to have a durable and compact style Log Book, so you can comfortably keep it with you, wherever and whenever you fly.
EASA regulations stipulate that Pilots are required to “maintain” their Log Books, but luckily for those who’d rather put it off, regularity isn’t specified.
Keeping a Log Book during training
First flights are unforgettable and inaugural hours logging is a pilot’s rite of passage. Your first few flights are ones you will simply never forget; each one brings a further achievement.
With a Log Book, you get to preserve each one - remember that amazing feeling when you went solo? We love a bit of nostalgia as much as the next Pilot...
Your Log Book isn’t just a record; it’s a celebration of each and every accomplishment.
Keeping a Log Book on the line
Line flying – as epic as it is aspirational. Your transition onto the line marks the start of an incredible professional pilot career. Once again, your Log Book provides a brilliant opportunity to document those raw feelings of a once-in-a-lifetime achievement – one that very few will ever experience. It’s the start of your career journey right here on paper.
Let’s face it, for seasoned professionals updating your Log Book can become less exciting. On the other hand, flicking back through it – destinations, crews, the unexpected and the overcome - never gets old.
What do professional Pilots say?
We spoke to a handful of line flying First Officers this week and results were varying – really varying. Some of the most diligent pilots take incredible pride in logging hours after each flight – it’s a ritual in their working day.
Others say that they keep rough notes of actual flight time, and then dedicate a ‘life admin’ day to writing it out with precision – this can be anything from once a week to every few months. Essentially, like a Log Book itself, it’s totally personal.
What advice do Aileron customers have for keeping a Log Book up to date?
My old Log Book was actually a nuisance, totally the wrong size and with all my other flight bag equipment I actually didn't carry it with me, I would use my block of days off to fill out my hours.
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