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Old 08-13-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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Log Book?

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Do you keep track of your flights?

Two years ago I was chatting with a member of my club and he mentioned that he kept a Log Book on all of his aircraft, nothing too serious just a few notes as to how the plane flew, how the engine worked and so on. As he is a retired Pilot (Full Scale) he was in the habit of doing such things.

I have been flying RC for some 17 years and I have never bothered with such documentation – but last year I started to have some problems with a very reliable engine. I went through all of the usual fixes – to no avail… then a buddy asked me what fuel I was using. “I just ran out of my old stock and I bought some 10% Cool Power – Why?” – “Don’t you remember we found out that engine only works with 15%!”

Hmmm... a poor memory on my part has cost me some good flying time and I almost lost a plane.

So I started to take notes in a book, Trim settings, Fuel types, Props and performance issues. Suddenly I am seeing patterns to some of my ongoing issues, fixes are possible when discussing it with your chums and you KNOW what you had and what you have changed…

Also – I throw in interesting comments about fields visited, how rough the ground is – don’t take a delicate plane, High winds off the lake – take a stable plane, the field faces South – take a good pair of sunglasses. Good people and good times – a real diary of your flying experiences (good and bad).

This can also be of assistance if you are tracking the break-in of an engine, fuel blends (gassers) time on a new air frame etc.

Some people laugh – but it seems to work for me.

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Old 08-13-2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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Re: Log Book?

Hi Rob ..... have a look

here --- >> http://www.lammers.ca/FlightLog/


here --- >> http://www.rc.kvernberg.net/

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Old 08-13-2013, 01:46 PM   #3
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and some of the guys were laughing at ME for being too serious...
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:48 PM   #4
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Re: Log Book?

I use an Iphone app called "Flightlog". its pretty cool also, and no its not being too serious, its a great idea.
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:08 PM   #5
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Re: Log Book?

I USED TO keep a log book for each of my planes, but with the number I have now, it would be onorus to say the least. I kind of let it slip by the wayside a couple of years ago.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:19 PM   #6
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Re: Log Book?

I see quite a few people do that. I never have but reading some of your thoughts on breaking in a new engine I think it may be valuable when I get my first gasser in the air. Nothing much remarkable happens with electric except it could be useful to identify batteries by number and comment about their performance.
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Re: Log Book?

Not sure if it is at hand, but I've got an old original MAAC logbook. Probably suitable for the basis of a logbook. But then, the on-line ones or a simple spreadsheet or similar app will do just the same.

If it's ugly and works and is easy to enter/use, you'll stick with it more than having a fancy-dancy FAA/DOT compliant one.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:45 PM   #8
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Re: Log Book?

Keeping a logbook but just flight time etc. Separate notes of what works for a particular aircraft.
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Re: Log Book?

I have too many aircraft and fly way too often to have the time to keep a "log book". That would be too much work for me. I do however keep notes at home on my aircraft, trouble list, past problems and preferred props/fuel/batteries, channel functions and what channels are used (especially the programmable 72mhz rx's I have in some of my models. This is necessary when you have many models. Its too hard to keep all that kind of information in your memory. So; "log book" no, "aircraft notes" yes
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Re: Log Book?

Ive been keeping a log book from day 1 I can tell you every plane and how many flights that have been put on each one as well as the weather conditions and sometimes who I was flying with, I know its a bit ---- but its cool to look back for reference. Even the fun flys i have attended.
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