Digital flight logging is on the rise and for many commercial pilots it’s the answer to keeping on track of your admin, especially with apps that can now connect and integrate directly with your roster.
Flight logging remains a legal requirement for pilots and with all of your flight log often stored on the cloud, we look at the importance of printing those digital hours too.
Why should I print my digital flight log?
Software no longer supported
Most flight log apps have very reliable software - our partners are the best on the market. However it’s always a risk that app software stops being supported. For example, if it doesn’t keep up with ios/android/window updates it might stop working permanently.
If you are simply updating a the new version of an app, your flight logs should be safe in the cloud. However, if company stops supporting the programme altogether or goes bust, it could take your flight log with it - leaving you high and dry as you fly!
Having a printed paper version ensures you’re covered should this happen.
Data loss is a real risk
Another way that your flight logs could be lost is with a hard drive crash. This mainly affects those using apps that require you to save on your own computer or use excel. Think about printing your logbook as an insurance policy.
You never really know when you may have your next pilot interview, it may be planned or it may happen as a result of unexpected circumstances - airlines are actively recruiting and going bust in equal measure in today’s industry! We have had great feedback from pilots who have taken their Aileron Personalised Pilot Logbook into interviews. A smart leather finish draws attention for the right reason, a few sheets of A4 might not!
This is one we’ve been guilty of ourselves. Approaching licence renewal, we’ve witnessed and experience the scramble to make sure a pilot logbook is up to date and validated correctly. Usually the authorities expect you to present a valid logbook detailing your hours, so get organised and print your hours in advance to avoid any last minute rush or error.
How do I print?
We have partnerships with three popular and reliable digital logbooks that allow you to print, bind and personalise your flight log with Aileron from virtually any file format. So no matter how you’re keeping your flight log, we can help.
PilotLog – available to all, not just app users!
PilotLog are our newest partner and they are able to convert CSV, TXT or XLS file formats into their system. So if you’re not a PilotLog customer yet, simply sign up for free and send your document to email@example.com to have it converted.
LogTen Pro - app only
Log10 make it simple for their customers to get their logbook printed with Aileron - just check out their tutorial video to show you how it’s done! You can print both flight hours and sim hours from LogTen Pro, just visit the link below to find out more.
mccPilotLog/CrewLounge - app only
mccPilotLog are now Crewlounge! Aileron continues to support printing from the Windows 3.6 version of mccPilotLog and soon we will be sharing details on how to print through the new and improved CrewLounge app.
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