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Can I sell a 1975 Piper Cherokee Archer II with no Logs?

It's definitely worth getting the records figured out, it will make a huge difference to the price and bring many more buyers. Fortunately all is not lost. Maintenance organizations keep records of ...
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Does taxiing time gets considered in a pilot's flying hours?

In the US, taxi time can be logged. 14 CFR 61.51 says the pilot must log (emphasis mine): Total flight time or lesson time. And 14 CFR 1.1 says (emphasis mine): Flight time means: (1) ...
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May an uncertificated pilot log non-PIC flight time for future certification?

Your friend can't log any time because he isn't licensed and qualified to fly the aircraft and assuming that you aren't a CFI then he isn't receiving training either. He's just a passenger, although ...
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If "flight time is compensation", how can a PPL holder legally fly at all?

Flight time is only considered compensation when the pilot is not paying all the costs associated with the flight. If the costs are to be shared the following advice is recommended. A private pilot ...
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How should night time be determined and logged in a fast westbound plane?

I don't think many airline crew actually bother to log the day/night breakdown. At my airline we have different pay rates for day and night flying, so we do care, but the company "Electronic Logbook" ...
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Does a long time to solo hurt your chances of becoming an airline pilot?

It depends on the final product presented to the airline. If an airline had two candidates, one of whom soloed in 10 hours and did well in a Sim Eval but was self absorbed, didn't like to follow ...
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How do investigators always know the logged flight time of the pilots?

The methods that Dan referred to in his answer are valid, and might be used by investigators—the NTSB for example. However, generally speaking the NTSB will not spend a great deal of effort ...
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How can I easily keep track of my landing count during pattern work?

The trick my CFI taught me is to use your Course Deviation Indicator or ADF to keep track of landings. After your first landing, bug a course of 010. After your second landing, bug 020. You can reach ...
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How do investigators always know the logged flight time of the pilots?

Pilots don't generally fly with their logbooks - partially for this exact reason, but also because they don't have to and it's additional clutter. So, in my case (and many Private Pilots), if I'm ...
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Does a long time to solo hurt your chances of becoming an airline pilot?

The honest answer: nobody cares or would even ask you that question during a professional pilot interview. Aside from a military pilot job where they can wash you out during pre-solo training, it ...
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How can I easily keep track of my landing count during pattern work?

The other answers have provided some easy ways to increment your count without too much distraction, but if you are really "prone to forget [...] when things get busy" as you say, this might ...
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Who logs the flight hours for airline pilots?

At my outfit, both. Pilots log their own hours in the logbooks and keep a rough mental track of hours flown to ensure compliance with Flight Time Limitation rules. The airline will also log pilot ...
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Does taxiing time gets considered in a pilot's flying hours?

Yes, taxi time is considered as pilot hours because even though the airplane is not flying actions by the pilot are required. Basically, the US rule is in FAR 61.51 (e) Logging pilot-in-command ...
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How can I easily keep track of my landing count during pattern work?

Get a Tally Counter, and push the button once per landing. No batteries, nothing to fail, easy to use. Not much more you could ask for. https://tallycounterstore.com/finger-tally-counter-quantity-...
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How should night time be determined and logged in a fast westbound plane?

Let me point out that for the purposes of logging flight time, night is defined under 14 CFR 1.1 as follows: Night means the time between the end of evening civil twilight and the beginning of ...
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Is it allowed to log actual instrument under IFR in VMC when VFR would be prohibited?

14 CFR 61.51(g) says (my emphasis): (g) Logging instrument time. (1) A person may log instrument time only for that flight time when the person operates the aircraft solely by reference to ...
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Can I log simulated instrument time in a complex plane without having a complex endorsement?

Yes. You can, as long as you have the appropriate rating and are the sole manipulator of controls. From a FAA response to a similar question: ... a private pilot may log pilot-in-command time, in a ...
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Can a safety pilot acting as PIC also log cross country time?

The safety pilot cannot log cross-country time. The FAA has issued a Legal Interpretation (Gebhart) that clarifies the FAR. Section 61.65(d) contemplates that only the pilot conducting the ...
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Who logs Pilot-in-Command time with all automation, autopilot, auto throttle, FMS, Autoland doing the flying?

In the US, there are two types of "PIC" that can be logged & may be interesting to report -- such as for an interview, perhaps. Most common when starting out is "sole manipulator of the controls" ...
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Can a non-instrument rated safety pilot log PIC during an IFR flight?

No The way that both pilots can log PIC is that the pilot using a view limiting device is logging PIC as sole manipulator and the safety pilot is logging PIC because he is acting PIC and a required ...
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May an uncertificated pilot log non-PIC flight time for future certification?

I assume you are not an instructor, so no. §61.51 Pilot logbooks. (h) Logging training time.     (1) A person may log training time when that person receives training from an authorized instructor ...
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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?

First, can you log PIC time in the tailwheel? Yes, you can log PIC tailwheel time but only where you were the sole manipulator of the controls. As discussed in this question, the only requirement is ...
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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?

In the USA, as far as your logbook is concerned, FAR 61.51(b)(1)(iii) only requires "Location where the aircraft departed and arrived," not the 4-letter ICAO identifier of your airports. When you ...
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Should operations such as landings or approaches be logged when acting as pilot monitoring?

The Pilot Monitoring (PM) or Second In Command(SIC) cannot log the approach. FAA has answered this in a 1999 letter: You then ask if, for the purposes of maintaining instrument currency, an ...
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How should I log total hours flown in different countries?

Is it mandatory to bring your flying hours from the European logbook to the "AMOUNT FORWARD" section in the American logbook? No, it is not mandatory to bring your flying hours from the European ...
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May a VFR-only pilot without high-performance or complex endorsements be the safety pilot for an IFR currency flight?

First, can a pilot without an HP endorsement act as safety pilot in an HP aircraft? Since 14 CFR 91.109 only requires a safety pilot to have category and class ratings, there's no need to have any ...
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