Answered By AOPA
A friend of mine has managed to lose their logbook. I’m trying to help them reconstruct it. What can we use to help substantiate the hours when a logbook is lost?
AOPA Staff Answer
The FAA’s order 8900.1 http://fsims.faa.gov/PICDetail.aspx?docId=8900.1,Vol.5,Ch1,Sec8 provides guidance in the case of lost logbooks. For proof of experience the FAA says that an airman can use aircraft logbooks, receipts, operator records, airman medical files, or copies of 8710s (airman certificate/rating applications). Copies of 8710s can be requested from the FAA here https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/copy_of_certification_records/ and the form for requesting medical records can be found here https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/medical_certification/media/MedicalRecordsRequestForm.pdf.