How To Log Your Pilot Time

Traveling by airplane is really fun and fascinating. While traveling, you can enjoy the feeling of being elevated and rising to a considerably high altitude. Riding in an airplane is made more fun by the relaxing atmosphere that will welcome you when you are already inside the plane. While waiting to reach your destination you can enjoy the entertainment provided by the plane’s servicemen and the sporadic talks made by the stewardess.

The case is slightly different for pilots and pilot assistants, though. If you happen to be one, then cheers for you! While you enjoy the feeling of being up there in the sky viewing the clouds, you are also practicing your profession. Working for the airlines, you must be clear and knowledgeable in logging your pilot time. Follow these tips as a guide in logging your pilot time:

  1. Know the regulation number that covers the necessary logging time. If you are a pilot student or an instrument pilot, your regulation number is CFR Part 61.51.
  2. Know the type of engine plane you are currently riding in. The kinds of engine planes which you may be riding on can be single engine, multi-engine, or in a simulator flight. For these types of engine flights, you should key in single engine time, multi-engine time and flight time simultaneously.
  3. Pick your logbook. Your logbook has a place where you can check the accuracy of your entries. Some logbook will compel you to show that you meet the recent requirements or meet the aerial experiences to obtain a new rating and certificate. If you can assure the accuracy of your entries, you can log any time. You can also fill entries in your logbook regarding your experiences during the flight. This means that it can serve as your journal as well.
  4. Know the type of log you should enter. If you are only a student pilot, you must log only either dual received or PIC time. Remember that you cannot log both at the same time. If you are the only occupant of the aircraft, you must log into the PIC time. This is because you cannot carry other passengers and another occupant shall serve as your instructor. If you are an instrument pilot, you can log PIC time whenever you need to log. This is the case when you are the only manipulator of the controls whatever are your medical and flight conditions. As a manipulator, you must receive dual instruction from the PIC.
  5. Have an aeronautical experience. Lastly, if you are a private pilot and you feel like having a commercial certificate, then you should be armed with an aeronautical experience which is a requirement for a commercial pilot. Being such, you will also need to log additional types of time that are not normally found in the typical logbooks. Being a private pilot, you can also log as SIC. To get SIC, you only need a current medical certificate and Chief Counsel’s recommendation.

By following the logging tips above, you can be rest assured that as you practice your profession in the air, you are also learning about the delicate and technical matters about it. Whether you are a student pilot or a private pilot, you can find the logging procedures that apply to you in this article.


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