March 31, 2011
By Alyssa J. Miller
A new electronic logbook, Pilot eLog, seeks to give pilots information they need to know to stay current and comply with FAA regulations with just a few clicks. The logbook application, downloadable for PC and Macs, reminds pilots of their medical certification expiration, day and night currency, and instrument currency. Each reminder has links to the applicable federal aviation regulations as well.
In addition to the snapshot of currency, the logbook also compiles historical data that can be sorted by date (previous six months, this year, previous 12 months, previous 24 months) and aircraft. The logbook, which comes standard with the same information columns as paper logbooks, can be customized to add ratings and endorsements, and log multiengine time, second-in-command time, or time in helicopters, gyroplanes, gliders, airships, and lighter-than-air aircraft, to name a few.
The logbook also features built-in backup and restore capability and can be exported to Microsoft Excel. All entries are automatically tallied, and reports can be generated with just a few clicks.
Pilots can download a free trial version to test up to 20 entries; the full version can be purchased for $34.95.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
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