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TopCat wrote:Paper here... though I wish I had an electronic version. As I'm about to start on my third book, that's a hell of a lot of transcribing to do...

Periodically I photograph the pages as a backup.

Same here. Does anyone know of any freely available OCR software which will scan logbook photos/scans and create some sort of CSV or spreadsheet file from it?
Paul_Sengupta wrote:Same here. Does anyone know of any freely available OCR software which will scan logbook photos/scans and create some sort of CSV or spreadsheet file from it?

I really hope I didn’t miss one in my google hunt!!!
Paul_Sengupta wrote:Just did a quick google search and saw this.


Makes CSV files from PDFs, assuming logbook scans can be PDFs. Haven't looked at it or tried it or anything.

Assumes a PDF containing text (perhaps one that's been generated by a Word Processor or similar), rather than an image (i.e. one that's been scanned).

Ah well.

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Actually I have seen bunch of students keeping logbook in school, in a closed wardrobe. I will not fly at other place during my training, and i will not forget it at home, so... :D

FlightDek wrote:
carlapilot wrote:... I keep my logbook in the flightschool and always photograph for safety.

Just wondering why you keep it at the school. I keep mine at home. Your logbook is personal to you. Saying that, mine's currently on its way to the CAA so God knows where it will end up :lol:

I also use the FlightLog app on Android for a digital. Seems to do what I want and easy to run queries and export to .xls or .pdf

Both, like many. Can't rate logbook.aero enough for day to day tracking - an electronic logbook is so so useful for spotting and correct mistakes etc.

But, you can't beat a paper log book for its sentimental value - I like to think it's the kind of thing my son will pick up and flick through in many decades time
Rob P liked this
I use the UKGA.com (now sponsored by a magazine for pilots) free online log book which produces a spreadsheet version to download / backup.

It seems to total the hours more accurately than my paper log book that I run in parallel!
I have been using My Pilot Log, a new one to the market which just released in 2020. Very simple to use and can be used on most deviced. Only £10 Per Year and offer most of the features that others do at a fraction of the price. You can also add blank rows so all the totals match up with your paper logbook EASA and FAA and UKCAA

Last edited by jackstarkey1 on Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Another fan of the little blue book, my paper log book is what I use as the main one, I then use this for digital:


What I like most about the pilot log app is that the pdf output is a really nice layout and looks similar to my blue book and easy to add and edit flights

I also have a basic copy of my flights in a spreadsheet but that’s mostly because I’m tracking every penny I spend For my ppl and has everything from each flight down to charts and pens, sad I know :)