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Electronic Logbook – endorsements?

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I recently went to logging my time in a custom excel spreadsheet, compliant with all FAA regs (from what I can tell). How do I have my electronic logbook signed when I recieve dual and my BiAnnual flight review?

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  1. Ben on Sep 15, 2010

    I do this exact same thing in an ever increasingly complex spreadsheet. When it comes to checkrides, bi-annuals or anything requiring a signature from somebody else I have a blank entry sheet on hand for them to sign. It is then referenced in the spreadsheet and I place it on the page after in the log when I print it out.
    So long as you reflect the relevant data (aircarft ident., date, route, time etc) you can log it however you like. For me this method works, it just means planning ahead and having the blank sheet ready whenever you need someone signing it. Perfectly legal as far as I am aware.
    Just remember to keep the log logical and tidy and resist the temptation to print 50,0000,0000 entries on one sheet. I keep the format of the big brown Jeppessen logbooks and then ad columns for anything else I need. I print it at regular intervals and store it in a binder.
    A printed spreadsheet is just the same as any ‘official’ log book – so long as the entries add up and it’s all honest. However you want to sort/order the sheets to reflect endorsements and signatures is up to you – but keep it easy to access for the sake of people auditing your logbook.

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  2. Matthew Waugh on Sep 18, 2010

    Do keep in mind that many times the FAA wants a “logbook endorsement”, so random endorsements written on pieces of paper probably aren’t good enough (although I am not an NTSB lawyer and have never played on on TV).
    If you have to show an endorsement you’re going to want to argue that what you show it in is a logbook – although I imagine the definition of logbook is pretty broad. Clearly endorsements on random pieces of paper organised into a logbook is sufficient (otherwise all those endorsements I filled out on sticky labels and had pilots stick in their own logbooks are problematic).

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  3. Ray Dean on Oct 12, 2010

    Ben on Sep 15, 2010  
    I do this exact same thing in an ever increasingly complex spreadsheet. When it comes to checkrides, bi-annuals or anything requiring a signature from somebody else I have a blank entry sheet on hand for them to sign. It is then referenced in the spreadsheet and I place it on the page after in the log when I print it out.
    Ben…there is no such thing as a bi-annual (twice a year) (or a biennial, every other year).  It has been ‘FLIGHT REVIEW’ for some time at which time the requirements were changed to mandatory one hour ground instruction and one hour of flight instruction.  If the flight review is logged as a biannual or beinnial, the endorsement is not in compliance with FAR’s.
    Ray
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  4. Lynn on Jul 03, 2012

    Semi-Annual is twice a year or every 6 months….Bi-annual is every two years.

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  5. Karl Joles on Aug 20, 2012

    Biannual is “happening twice a year”. Biennial is “happening every two years”.

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