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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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Should I log flight time as a passenger?

If I only have a private pilot license, and am not the pilot in command, should I log my flight time? If so, what are the limits of this? i.e. is that as true in the backseat as it is in the front ...
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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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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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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 a long time to solo hurt your chances of becoming an airline pilot?

I've heard that on job applications for airline pilots that they ask the question: "How many hours to Solo?". If it took someone 30 hours to solo but they had more logged flight time than someone who ...
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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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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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How might one start a new logbook for an engine that had one lost?

About 6 months ago in a hangar at a local (KLWT), I saw a Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche and instantly wanted it. When I got home, I did a look up on the Registration (N) number and found out that the ...
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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 do investigators always know the logged flight time of the pilots?

Almost all incident investigation reports include the flight experience of the both pilots with hour accuracy. For instance, for MH370 just a few small fragments of the plane have ever been found, yet ...
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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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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 legal to use an online logbook?

I am a computer programmer and student pilot. I want to make a computer program I can use to store my logs. Can I legally do this? Can I legally store Logbook endorsements with this? Are there any ...
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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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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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Why are number of landings logged?

I have flight logs for a WW II B-24 navigator who flew with a combat crew in China Burma India. There is a column for number of landings. The entries range from 1 to 5 or 6, mostly 1 or 2. The time ...
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Is it possible to get access to flight logs of USAAC trainer planes from the 1930s?

After answering this question on History.SE, I started to wonder if it would be possible to find out even more detail about the plane now that its serial number is known. I have no idea what kind of ...
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Can I log simulated instrument time in a complex plane without having a complex endorsement?

My safety pilot is endorsed for complex, and will be PIC for the entire flight. I would also log PIC for the time I spend under the hood. I will eventually get my complex endorsement, but insurance ...
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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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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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What is the history of the aircraft logbook?

I need to know when the mandate to maintain a logbook started. Was it a US requirement, or was it from another regulator in the world? Did the aircraft logbook start at the same time as the pilot ...
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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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Do the captain and first officer log the same hours for a flight?

On planes that have a captain and a first officer, how are flight hours logged and split between the two? Are the hours split between the Capt and First Officer based on who is physically piloting ...
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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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Who logs the flight hours for airline pilots?

Airline pilots' flight hours vary a lot depending on the airline, type of operation etc. Who actually does the job of logging their flight hours? Do the pilots do that themselves after each flight or ...
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How will a damaged logbook affect pursuing a career as a professional pilot?

I recently damaged my log book by putting it in the washer machine. I have picked through all the pieces and saved what little legible logs are left. I have requested a copy of my 8710 from the FAA. ...
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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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Should I log flying lessons from the start?

I've recently started taking flying lessons and was wondering if I should begin logging my flying hours immediately? I'm aware there are minimum hours for each license certification, so I'm assuming ...
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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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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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Who logs Pilot-in-Command time with all automation, autopilot, auto throttle, FMS, Autoland doing the flying?

Who gets to log PIC, if the First Officer programs the FMS and turns on the autopilot at 1000FT AGL while the Captain calls the checklist?
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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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Are electronic copies of aircraft logbooks acceptable for reconstruction?

This question about a pilot losing the logbook for an aircraft got me thinking about acceptable means to reconstruct logbooks. Reconstructing the logbooks is not a trivial process (or a cheap one). ...
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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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Should time in turbojet aircraft be logged as complex?

I was having a discussion with a colleague about what aircraft qualify for logging complex time. We were discussing whether or not time flying transport-category turbojet aircraft qualified as complex ...
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What is the minimum possible number of hours required to carry passengers?

Not factoring learning curve, personal safety minimums, and pilot proficiency, what is the absolute minimum flight time that must be logged in order to carry a passenger in a piston engine aircraft in ...
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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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Can I log any PIC time if my medical certificate is out of date and I haven't flown in 20 years?

I haven't flown in 20 years. My medical certificate is not up to date. Can I log a fam flight with a local instructor?
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How can two private pilots flying together log time and split costs legally?

I'm a new private pilot and I've got a neighbor who would like to do some flying in his personal Cessna 172G. He is a private pilot as well and I am wondering how the regulations apply. If he sits ...
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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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How does PF or “pilot flying” and PNF or “pilot not flying” affect logging?

How does PF or "pilot flying" and PNF or "pilot not flying" affect logging for pilots operating in a two-pilot environment? Here are some granular examples... How should actual instrument be logged? ...
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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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Can an ASEL class-rated private pilot without a T/W endorsement count T/W hours towards FAA flight time requirements?

I am an ASEL rated private pilot without a tailwheel nor a complex aircraft endorsement. I have been flying with an aerobatics pilot in his Pitts and his Bonanza for ~10 hours over the last month. ...
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Should operations such as landings or approaches be logged when acting as pilot monitoring?

When operating aircraft that require two crew members, generally one pilot acts as PF (pilot flying) and the other as PM (pilot monitoring). How should operations such as landings and approaches be ...
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How should a flight review be logged?

14 CFR 61.56 (c) requires pilots to perform a Flight Review every 24 calendar months unless another applicable action has been taken in order to be eligible to act as pilot in command of an airplane. ...
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How should private airports or locations not regularly intended for landing be identified if you land at or take off from them?

How are runways on sectional charts that are listed as private identified? Lets say I fly from a public airport to a private strip; I would log the departure airport as BNA, but what would I list the ...
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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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Can a someone with just a PPL log PIC time on a non-transport commercial flight?

I have a job that requires me to travel on a small company plane with a company "commercial"pilot. I only have my PPL. If I am certified in the type of aircraft may the pilot allow me to fly "solely ...
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How much do '1,500 total hours with 500 multi crew hours' cost in Europe?

This company offer a 'fast-track' modular course which, in their words: Our speciality is the training of pilots with no flying experience to become Fastrack airline ready pilots by means of ...
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Can I log PIC instrument time in a sim without a current medical or flight review?

Just wondering if one is on land and in a simulator, if you need a current medical and flight review to train and log PIC time?