Apps take over paper logbook functions

July 28, 2014

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman and Flight Training Editor Ian Twombly debated paper versus digital logbooks in a "Dogfight" in the July issue of AOPA Pilot. For those of you still weighing your options, here's a look at four digital logbook apps. These are not endorsements of any apps.

USA Pilot Logbook ($3.99 in iTunes)—This iPhone/iPad app allows users to add their flight history from a previous logbook and create columns for their specific needs. The app will remember the specifications entered and will use them whenever a flight is logged.

Pilot Logbook Transfer To Computer ($0.99 in iTunes)—This app, optimized for the iPhone 5, makes it easy for users to keep track of flight times and upload them to a favorite logbook or spreadsheet program. It also allows users to transfer data from a paper logbook to an electronic version with autofill options to save time.

Flight Vault Pilot Logbook (free in iTunes, but premium features cost $0.99 and $2.99)—Users of this app can log flights by FAA category and type of aircraft as well as night flying, dual, simulator, pilot in command, and more, for more than one pilot.

DG RC Pilot Logbook (free in iTunes)—This app, optimized for the iPhone 5, allows users to keep track of settings, techniques, and observations from their remote-control aircraft flights. They may also manage aircraft and flying locations, take notes on special procedures for aircraft, and keep a maintenance log using the app.

This week this column didn’t have any Google Play or Windows apps. AOPA depends on readers to submit them, so please send your favorites here. Click here for a complete list of apps that have already been reviewed.

Benét Wilson

Benét J. Wilson | AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor

AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.