We’ve searched for the best digital pilot log books on the market - so you don’t have to.
If you record your flight time digitally, with so many apps on the market it's hard to know which log book app works for you, your training or your roster.
Aileron works closely with a number of digital logging apps for pilots to record and print their hours in the simplest and most effective way and so we’ve rounded up our favourites, looking at flight logging experience, practicality and of course, the ones that allow you to record your flight time as securely as possible.
Digital vs Traditional
Digital logging is getting more accessible and popular, but it's important to remember that flight logging remains a legal requirement for pilots and with all of your flight time often stored on the cloud, its important to print your hours too to ensure they are protected from apps that become no longer supported or fail to keep your data safe.
The best digital logging apps should enable you to convert your recorded flight time into a printed and bound Log Book on demand, not only as a memento, but most importantly for if you should need to present it to the authorities upon request for licence validation or even for your first (or next) pilot job interview.
Read more about the importance of printing your digital flight log.
Platforms: Web, Android, IOS
Trial Period: 3 Months Free
A well established logging software, PilotLog is not the prettiest of apps but by far makes up for this in its ease of use and effective functionality. For commercial pilots, it supports many airlines worldwide. For non-commercial pilots, it is both easy to use and low-cost.
The team is responsive and easy to contact, so should you want any additional features, just send them a message!
PilotLog does not ‘grab’ data from an airline’s server, but you can easily import CSV,TXT or PDF files to upload a large amount of flying data quickly and easily.
PilotLog is our number one recommendation simply as it is the most straighforward solution to logging and printing your flight records.
Your PilotLog entries can easily be printed into your very own Aileron Personalised Log Book. Don’t have enough entries for a full book? Don’t worry, PilotLog automatically populates the book with empty flight time entry pages, allowing you to continue your Logbook by hand.
If you don’t have Pilotlog but wish to print your Log Book or even get one printed as a gift, then simply send us a CSV,TXT or PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
#2 LogTen Pro
Platforms: IOS (Mac, Iphone, Ipad)
Pricing: $0 (Student) - $129.99 per year.
LogTen Pro is a well known provider of electronic log books and claims to be the leading provider of electronic log books for IOS devices. If you’re a flight student, LogTen Pro offers a free plan up to 250 hours total time, allowing you to test out if it works for you.
We think this is the best platform aesthetically, it has a very modern feel and will be very easy to use for anyone used to using a smartphone.
There are a large number of features on the app, but if you do get lost they provide many step-by-step guides including some videos on their YouTube channel.
LogTen Pro also provides a very simple way to have your book printed, bound and personalised by Aileron. For instructions on how to print a log book from LogTen Pro, simply follow this link.
#3 MCC/CrewLounge AERO
Platform: Windows, Mac, Android, IOS
Pricing: €0 - €3.50 per month
MCC has been a robust provider of electronic Logbooks for over 10 years, some of you reading this may be a subscriber to MCC. However, they recently released their new product, CrewLounge AERO. CrewLounge has many of the features that MCC delivered so well and like LogTen Pro, Crewlounge can communicate with some airline systems to import your completed rosters - but always make sure to check the data for accuracy before saving.
CrewLounge gives the MCC product an improved modern feel, making it much more user friendly than the original MCC app. Features include a large aircraft and airfield database, a tracker of your proficiencies and a tracker of your flight time limitations.
CrewLounge is another app that recognises the importance of the ability to print your book, and the Aileron format is available on all platforms of CrewLounge and the Windows 3.6 version of MCC.
So, there you have it the best digital pilot logbooks available on the market for pilots.
How do I print?
We have partnerships with these three popular and reliable digital Log Books 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.
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