Digital Flightlog90

Category: Tools

As a private pilot keeping track of your flight times is crucial because no one else will do it for you! And take to the air without the required flight hours prescribed by law may lead into serious troubles with authorities. To make this unlikely to happen I have created a flightlog in Excel that is very easy to use and keeps you well aware on your status, especially when it comes to the 90 day rule - but step by step ...

Using the flightlog in combination with Excel is very easy - a short guide (including some screenshots for orientation):

  • there are three main sheets within Excel (see screenshots lower left cornet) called Totals, Aquila, DA20 and DA40
  • the Totals sheet is presenting the statistics acquired from the other two sheets - no user entries required here
  • in the Aquila, DA20 or DA40 sheet put your data into the green columns (date, flight time and landings)
  • start with entries of your earliest flights on top and continue filling down to the bottom
  • view the Totals sheet for the actual statistics
  • download FlighLog90.xlsx (for Excel 2007 and later)
  • download FlighLog90.xls (for Excel 2003 and previous)

In order to emphasise why it's important being aware of flight experience within the previous 90 days, see here. With 08.04.2012 EASA Part-FCL became effective! An excerpt of the document defining the recent experience is presented below.

FCL.050    Recording of flight time

The pilot shall keep a reliable record of the details of all flights flown in a form and manner established by the competent authority.

FCL.060    Recent experience

b) Aeroplanes, helicopters, powered-lift, airships and sailplanes. A pilot shall not operate an aircraft in commercial air transport or carrying passengers:

    (1) as PIC or co-pilot unless he/she has carried out, in the preceding 90 days, at least 3 take-offs, approaches and landings in an aircraft of the same type or class or an FFS representing     that type or class. The 3 take-offs and landings shall be performed in either multi-pilot or single-pilot operations, depending on the privileges held by the pilot; and

    (2) as PIC at night unless he/she:

    (i) has carried out in the preceding 90 days at least 1 take-off, approach and landing at night as a pilot flying in an aircraft of the same type or class or an FFS representing that type or class; or

    (ii) holds an IR;

    (4) When a pilot has the privilege to operate more than one type of aeroplane with similar handling and operation characteristics, the 3 take-offs, approaches and landings required in (1) may be performed as defined in the operational suitability data established in accordance with Part-21.

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