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Instructor logging FTD time

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What should instructors log in their logbooks when giving instruction in FTD?


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  1. Wes Beard on May 16, 2011

    You can log it as dual given but that is it.  If you keep track of your total pilot time you can also log it in that column.  Note… this is different than total flight time which most pilots log as defined in §1.1.
    I never logged the FTD / SIM time in my logbook but did keep a separate excel spreadsheet with those times.  It was quite important when I was calculating my times to meet the 141 assistant chief instructor criteria.

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  2. Matthew Waugh on May 18, 2011

    I’m with Wes on what you can log it as.
    As a practical example, I’m all over the shop on what I actually did. I didn’t do a lot of FTD instruction, and I’m betting if we went back and checked we’d probably find I logged each of them in a different way. If I had my time again I think I’d just create a separate column for “dual given in an FTD” – then if I wanted to count it on any specific application/form in my overall dual given I could just add it, and if I didn’t then that’s easy too.
    I would disagree with Wes on one point – I would always advocate putting it in your logbook, which I consider to be a record of your aviation activity. Even if you didn’t fill out any of the time columns and just noted the time in the remarks, at least you’d have a record of your instruction activity in one set of books. If, heaven help us, the FAA ever comes a knocking, I’ve got a contempary record of what was going on at that time in my aviation activity. I’m not saying Wes is wrong, I’m saying I’d do it differently.

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