Member Guide

AOPA member services that keep you flying

October 1, 2009

Answers for Pilots: Logbooks

Logbooks mean many things to pilots—sentimental diaries of cherished time in the sky; reminders of people from years past who shared the cockpit with us; fond memories of aircraft we flew and destinations we enjoyed; journals of lessons learned. Logbooks, of course, also have a practical use, which includes keeping a record of time and training toward currency, and to demonstrate eligibility for additional certificates and ratings. It is important that airmen are aware of and comply with regulations related to logbook records to avoid problems, fines, or even certificate suspension.

Logging time is usually straightforward. But occasionally, there are unique circumstances. This month’s “Answers for Pilots” considers a few unusual scenarios, including one the FAA addressed in a recent Letter of Interpretation regarding logging cross-country time. Read it online. Of course, as always, be sure to give the aviation experts in AOPA’s Pilot Information Center a call with your questions at 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672), Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Airportfest offers fun for the family at AOPA Aviation Summit

Come celebrate general aviation at Airportfest during AOPA’s Aviation Summit, November 5 through 7, at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa, Florida. AOPA has expanded the airport display to include exciting new activities and a wide range of GA aircraft. Hop on the water shuttle from the convention center to the airport and you’ll see everything from vintage airplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons, seaplanes, and light sport aircraft to Coast Guard rescue aircraft, law enforcement, and public-benefit aircraft. Speakers will give presentations about vintage aircraft. Flight simulators will be on hand to offer you some “stick time,” and you also will be able to build and fly model aircraft. Entertainment is available for all ages and includes remote-control aircraft demonstrations by national champions, hot air balloon launches, an evening balloon glow, and even parachuting. Live music will keep your toes tapping as you take in all there is to see and do at Airportfest. Sign up for AOPA Aviation Summit today; discounted packages are available through October 14. Visit the Web site for more information.

Double your rewards for aviation spending

Whether you are buying groceries, paying utility bills, or renting an airplane, you’ll be rewarded for every dollar you spend with the AOPA WorldPoints credit card from Bank of America. When you use your AOPA WorldPoints credit card, you automatically receive double points at more than 4,600 participating FBOs as well as select aviation retailers, including Sporty’s Pilot Shop, Aircraft Spruce and Specialty, Gulf Coast Avionics, Pacific Coast Avionics, and King Schools. You’ll also earn double points for supporting AOPA when you use your credit card to pay for membership, AOPA Summit registration, AOPA’s Legal Services Plan, and more. Every time you make a purchase with your AOPA WorldPoints credit card, you support GA by sending a percentage of your spending back to AOPA. That’s revenue AOPA uses to keep dues low and fight for GA on issues ranging from user fees to airspace access. To learn more about how you can earn rewards with the AOPA WorldPoints credit card, or to apply for one, visit AOPA Online or call 800-932-2775.

Kathy Dondzila

Kathy Dondzila | Manager, Technical Communications, Pilot Information Center

Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.