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Pilots record their flying time in a logbook for personal, professional and certification reasons. Logbooks are also kept for aircraft and engines.

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FAA: May I log as cross-country a flight with two or more short legs?

Consider a hypothetical flight plan from Redstone to Cullman to Gadsden and back to Redstone. This flight would have legs in order of 26, 42, and 52 nautical miles. 14 CFR 61.1 provides Cross-...
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Can a non-instrument rated safety pilot log PIC during an IFR flight?

The Scenario: An instrument-rated private pilot files and flies IFR while accompanied by a non-instrument-rated private pilot who is otherwise fully certified and endorsed to act as PIC in that ...
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Can I log PIC time when training for a tailwheel or high performance endorsement?

If I hire a CFI to train me for the tailwheel endorsement (this question also applies to the high performance endorsement), can I log PIC time when flying the tailwheel aircraft, or do I have to log ...
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What are the requirements to take the private pilot check ride?

In the US, what are the requirements that a student pilot must demonstrate to their examiner before they can take a checkride for their private pilot airplane certificate?
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What happens when the logbook of an aircraft is lost?

If the logbook for an aircraft is lost, how does one replace it? Is the airplane still airworthy?
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How does a pilot replace their logbook if it has been lost?

I got my private pilot license when I was 17 but was unable to continue flying. I am moving into a position to get back in the air, but I no longer have my log book as it was lost between moves. What ...
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How should I log total hours flown in different countries?

Let's say you have an EASA-style logbook with European flight time, and then, you start flying in the USA, so you buy an FAA-style logbook and begin logging hours for your flights in the USA. I don'...
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Must I log aircraft checkout flights as dual received?

14 CFR 61.51 says: (h) Logging training time. (1) A person may log training time when that person receives training from an authorized instructor in an aircraft, flight simulator, or flight ...
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If “flight time is compensation”, how can a PPL holder legally fly at all?

I have seen a strange phrase "flight time is compensation" in a few questions and answers here, mostly related to what PPL can do for free and what is not allowed. This looks so confusing that I ask ...
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How should time as safety pilot be logged?

Let's take a classic example. An instrument rated pilot is flying a C-172 and wants to maintain instrument currency. The pilot goes flying and performs some approaches, holding and intercept/tracking ...
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What are the requirements for logging SIC time?

I am going from KPRC to KVGT with a friend in his C-182. I don't have a high-performance endorsement, but can I -- as a private pilot -- log as SIC at any time during our flight? If so, what rules ...
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What are the rules for logging PIC time on an IFR flight plan in mostly VFR conditions with a safety pilot?

I act as safety pilot for a student who is building hours towards his instrument rating. I have my IR but am not a CFI. We typically fly VFR with him under the hood as the "sole manipulator of ...
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What is the best way to keep logbook entries backed up?

What is the best way to keep logbook entries backed up? Should a photocopied or scanned image on a computer suffice? Can an Excel spreadsheet or other software/apps be used? In case a logbook is lost ...
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How should simulator time be logged in a pilot logbook?

In a full motion Level C or D simulator like those used by the airlines and for jet type ratings: How should a pilot log the simulator time in their logbook? I.e. Can you log: Total Time ...
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At what age may a student log time and use that time to obtain a rating?

A few years back the FAA was upset about young pilots attempting to set records and crashing in the process. Were there any rules instituted regarding logging of time with a CFI / instructor? May a ...
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May time be logged for an aborted flight?

Consider the case where the engine is started, aircraft taxies to the run-up area to do check, then it turns out that a magneto is bad, or there's a radio problem. The pilot wisely decides to abort ...
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Does taxiing time gets considered in a pilot's flying hours?

Basically the title. This could be referenced to US or European rules.
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May an uncertificated pilot log non-PIC flight time for future certification?

Let’s suppose I as a PIC take a friend up flying with me and this friend does not have a pilots license. Now let’s suppose I teach him how to control the airplane and let him fly for a while. I even ...
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Is it allowed to log actual instrument under IFR in VMC when VFR would be prohibited?

Flying with an IFR clearance near IMC but with visual references where VFR would be prohibited I have the following questions: Are you technically even in VMC if you are that close to a cloud? ...
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Can a US PPL holder log ASES time in Canada while flying with a local FI?

I am an FAA PPL, and I'll be visiting Canada. I'd like to log some seaplane time while I'm there. Can I log ASES dual-received time with any Canadian instructor, or do they need to hold an FAA CFI ...
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Are there any best practices for transitioning from paper logbooks to electronic logbooks?

I've started flying again, and some of the things/places I fly are more interested in time in type than my old paper log shows. I'm considering going to some form of electronic logging (currently for ...
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May a VFR-only pilot without high-performance or complex endorsements be the safety pilot for an IFR currency flight?

For an IFR currency flight in a high-performance and/or complex airplane where the pilot flying has all the appropriate ratings and endorsements to be PIC, does another pilot with strictly a private ...
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How should night time be determined and logged in a fast westbound plane?

You take off from KFLL (Ft Lauderdale, FL) an hour before sunset in a B737. You're heading to KSEA (Seattle, WA). 4:35PM EST plus 6 hours 34 minutes is 11:09PM EST, or 8:09PM PST. Seattle sunset was ...
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Does simulator time count as time in type?

Can full motion simulator training time (FSI) be counted towards the required 100 hours that a part 135 captain is a High Minimum Captain?
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What can be logged as Total Time?

The FAA regulates logging time in FAR 61.51. There are plenty of questions about logging PIC time, as well as SIC time. Another type remains: what can be logged as total time? It's only mentioned once:...
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Can I maintain my IR currency from the right seat in a non “N” registered aircraft?

I completed my IFR checkride on the 15th of May this year, the next day I moved to Spain to study my EASA ATPL (airline transport pilot license). A friend of mine here in Spain is doing his time ...
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What information on a specific flight can be retrieved?

I would like to know where and what to search in order to have information on a specific flight (i.e. scheduled departure time, real departure time, technical failures reported, etc.) I'm guessing ...
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Can I log PIC time while flying solo in an R22 toward a helicopter addon?

I hold a PPL/SEL and I'm training for a helicopter addon. I'm training in a Robison R22 which is subject to SFAR 73. Can I log my solo training hours as PIC time? FOr student pilots, with solo ...