How do I log flights in simulators? Theres no simulator field in the New Flight popup box!
You are supposed to log the flight just like any other flight in an actual airplane. As long as the plane that the flight is logged in is either "Unknown", "Airplane Simulator", "Airplane FTD", "Helicopter Simulator", or "Helicopter FTD", anything you enter in the "Total Time" field will not be counted as proper total time. The time will show up in your logbook with parenthesis, and will not be included in the "Logbook Totals", or "Page Totals" sections. Additionally, everywhere else on the site where "Total Time" is refrenced, it only includes flights in actual airplanes (Simulators/FTDs excluded).
How do I log the route for my flights?
You are supposed to put the identifier of each you flew to. All places in the route where a landing did not take plaxce, a "@" should prefix the identifier. So if your flight was from La Guardia in New York to Boston via the Bradley VORTAC, you would log the flight as "LGA-@BDL-BOS". When the "@" is present, it first tries to match the identifier with a navaid. If it does not find a navaid, it will try to match it with an airport.
How do I enter fuel burn?
You enter the number, followed by the unit. If your fuel burn was 650 pounds of jet fuel per hour, you'd enter "650pphj". If your burn was 87 gallons per hour, you'd enter "87gph". The following units are accepted:
- gph - gallons per hour
- lph - liters per hour
- g - gallons
- l - liters
- pph - pounds per hour (assumes jet fuel)
- pphj - pounds per hour of jet fuel
- pphll - pounds per hour of 100LL
- p - pounds of fuel (asumes jet fuel)
- pj - pounds of jet fuel
- pll - pounds of 100LL
The units are not case-sensitive. FlightLogg.in' will internally convert all units to gallons and gallons per hour, so you should enter them in the format that is easiest for you.
How do I share my logbook with others?
Just direct them to http://flightlogg.in/[your username]. Make sure you have at least "Share basic Logbook" checked in the preferences section. If you do not wish to let other see your logbook, uncheck those boxes and anybody who tries to access your logbook who is not you, will get redirected away.
What do the colors mean in the route?
Purple is for airports, green is for navaids, dark blue is for custom locations, and gray is for identifiers that the site can't figure out it's coordinates. Identifiers that are underlines means a landing took place there. No underline means it was just flown over.
How do I handle custom locations?
If you landed some place which isn't an airport with as assigned identifier, you first must create a custom location. Go to the "Locations" section of the site and enter the coordinates of the place you flew to and then make up an identifier. When you want to log a flight to that location, use the identifier. If the identifier you want to use also happens to be an identifier some other airport uses, just prefix the identifier with an exclamation point when logging the flight. For instance if you had a custom identifier that you want to call "DEN", then you must log all flights using that custom location as "!DEN". The exclamation point tell the system "Use my custom definition for this one".
How do I get time to show up in the Complex and High Performance columns? I don't see any Complex or High Performance fields in the new flight popup window...
You need to make sure the plane you logged the flight in is tagged as "Complex" and "High Performance". Since it's impossible to log Complex time in a plane that is not complex, and any time logged in a complex plane is complex time, it makes sense to control complex time based on the plane the flight is logged in. This is also how the site keeps track of Seaplane, Multi-Engine, Jet, Turbine and the rest of the columns you see that don't have a corresponding entry field in the new flight window. Make sure you surround all two word tags with quotation marks (""), or else it will treat both words as separate tags.
What other plane tags do special things?
The following are special tags: "Complex", "High Performance" (or just "HP"), "Turbine", "Jet", "Type Rating" (or just "TR"), and "Currency". The last two control which types are kept track of in the currency section. If you want to keep track of your Boeing 757 landings (as per the FAA regs), just tag one of your Boeing 757's as "Type Rating". Now all 757's (even the ones no specifically tagged) will be used to determine your 90 day landing currency for the Boeing 757. If you want to keep track of your C-172 landings, you can either tag a C-172 as "Type Rating" (which doesn't really make sense), or you can log it as "currency", which has the same effect. Also, none of the special tags are case sensitive.
How is Point to Point time calculated?
It analyzes the route to determines if it depicts a flight that lands at a point other than the origin airport. If it does, it takes the time in the total column, and uses it in the P2P column. All Navaids are ignored, and all custom identifiers are assumed to be depicting a landing. If you logged a flight as "KLGA-@BDL-KLGA" it will determine this flight to be a local flight, and therefore not eligible as P2P time. On the other hand, "KLGA-BDL-KLGA" will be considered a P2P flight, because it assumes a landing at BDL.
What does "filter out spikes" and "include rate" do in the line graphs?
"Include rate" will add a red line that represents the total hours of flight time in the past 30 days for any given date. The "filter out spikes" option will exclude any flights where the amount of time logged exceeds 24 hours. Such flights are most likely "adjustment entries" that represent carried over totals from previous logbooks. Filtering out spikes will give a more accurate the shape of the graph at the cost of some of the values being less than they actually are.
Can I have an avatar show up on my logbook?
Yes, with a gravatar! Go to Gravatar's website
and watch their video to learn all about them. Make sure the email address associated with your account here matches the one on your account at Gravatar.
There is a typo or other incorrect information in some of the airport names and locations, how can I fix this?
Currently, FlightLogg.in' gets all it's airport and navaid data from WikiPLANEia
. If you want to fix something, find the page for that airport, and make the change. Eventually the change will make it's way back to FlightLogg.in.
What do 'Hidden' and 'Retired' mean in the Plane sections?
If you check the 'Hidden' box, all flights you log in that plane will not show up in the tailnumber profile page. This is useful if you own an airplane and would like for your flights in that plane to not be included in those pages. Take note that if someone else logs a flight with an airplane of the same tailnumber, those flights will still show up in the tailnumber profile page.
The 'Retired' box denotes that the plane will no longer be used for logging flights. Any plane marked as retired will not show up in the new flight dialog. This is useful if you want to make more multiple profiles for the same tailnumber. For instance, if you fly a plane that gets a G1000 installed, you can create a new profile for that tailnumber (adding the G1000 tag), while keeping the old profile unmodified. If you were to just edit the old profile, it would count all time in that tailnumber as being with a G1000, which is not accurate.
I just signed up and I have multiple logbooks containing decades of flying. What are some tips for getting all these flights digitalized?
There are a few things you can do. First, go to preferences and set the per page setting to match the your paper logbook. Now go to the mass entry section. You'll be presented with one page worth of entry fields. Budget yourself to one or two pages every night. It may take a few months to get all flights digitalized, but it will pay off in the end.
Another tip is to check the "Use text field for entering tailnumber" box in the preferences. This will allow you to type in the plane's tailnumber instead of having to create a new profile individually for each plane you fly. This saves a lot of time if your flying occurs in many different unique tailnumbers.