Four Tips to Protect Your Pilot Logbook

Our logbooks are the record of our flying lives. For some, they are journals of aerial exploits. Others, a portfolio of on-the-job experience. But for all of us, it is our legal evidence of currency and proficiency. Your training, career, and memories all encapsulated to a single book. With so much riding on your logbook, its important to safeguard it from such disasters as fires, tornadoes, or whatever misfortune hopefully will not befall you. So how can you keep your logbook safe and sound?

Tip #1: Leave it home!

A Pocket Sized Logbook

A Pocket Sized Logbook

Carrying your logbook back and forth from your house to the airport only increases the chances that it will get lost. Maybe some good Samaritan will find it and send it back to you. Then again, maybe not. I recommend breaking your logbook up into two separate books. Keep your “master logbook” at the house and record your day-to-day trips in something much less valuable.

A lot of professional pilots carry pocket-sized logbooks to keep track of day-to-day operations, then transfer their flight time to a real logbook once they get home.

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About the author
Pat Flannigan is a professional pilot and aviation blogger. He has been flying for fifteen years and is currently working as an airline pilot in the United States.

One Reply to Four Tips to Protect Your Pilot Logbook

  1. As an added thought: I was just listening to a great podcast: MacBreak Weekly ( go to ) and they were discussing backing up important data. Sound familiar?

    Heres the point the host made: If it isn’t in three locations, it isn’t real. Keep your backups in three different locations. So if you go digital make some copies and spread them around!

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