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Pilot Logbook - Switching To A New One
Hello fellow aviators.  Seeking others advice and your ideas on when to make the switch to a new logbook.  I realize most would say when your current logbook has no more pages, but I'm curious for those times when you want to transition to a newer style logbook from a logbook originally produced in the early 70's.  I am using an old Jeppesen style (the small black one that some here would be intimately familiar with - the green-colored pages and never enough room to write anything in the remarks section, other than abbreviations).  I inherited this empty logbook a few years ago but now have all my flights properly documented through my instrument rating and all up-to-date currency and time building toward my commercial.  I am currently leaning toward making the switch immediately after my commercial check ride and start fresh with a logbook that inherently shows a higher level of professionalism.  Yes, I know I will need to keep the old one around and available, and I religiously scan each page, including all endorsements as a backup, so the question is more about presenting oneself as a professional pilot, now that the FAA 'legally' would consider you one.  I also use a computer-based logbook with instant access and the trend is toward this type of logging, but there is something comforting, dating back through the history of aviation, which remains pleasing to keep a hard copy. 

Paul W.
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After I finished all of my licenses, trainings, etc, I took my original logbook and put it away for safe keeping. I noted on the last page that I forwarded totals to a new logbook. About 5 years ago, I transferred three logbooks to an electronic version during my down time. I put log book entry in it from my first flight noting the signed endorsements are in the original logbooks. I have yet to be asked for the originals on job interviews. Usually just the few completed pages. My recommendation for you is to put all of your trainngs, endorsements, and checkrides in one logbook and start using an electronic version. As you get further in your career, the information they ask about each individual aircraft etc is so time consuming to do manually. I log in to my logbook and run reports and have all the info in seconds. There is also more info that you can log electronically that your Jepp professional logbook dosent have columns for that is asked of you on applications that the electronic version gives you instantly.

Good Luck!
Paul - I'm with you.  I like to keep a paper log in addition to the electronic.  I use the smallest logbook I could find,"the standard pilot log ASA-SP-30".  Its small, fits easily into my flight bag, and is simple to make entries with enough room for fun comments.  Over 50 years of flying and 9,000 hours it has served me well - I filled a couple dozen of them.  Tailwinds.
Neil Hise
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I have several logbooks, from the small beginner logbook to the Master pilot logbook.  While we all tend to put the necessary flight info, training, and some notes (fun, adventures, incidents, etc)  what I wish I had done is put more detail in the comment sections and expanded the notes if necessary.  When one looks back on the “history” you are tabulating after 50 plus years of flying all sorts or airplanes and doing mundane or spectacular things with them these books are worth their weight in gold.
i have my father’s logbooks from 1943 to 1981, and they have all the necessary things in them but none of the real adventure.  And he is not here to elaborate. really doesn’t make much difference what the logbook looks like, what’s in it is the valuable stuff.  
I have paper logbooks, don’t trust computers.  Still prefer “steam gauges” over the G1000 stuff.   Like them both, but if one goes black then you’re back to looking out the windows!
Neil Hise 
flying on my own since ‘68

You question motivated me to take a look at my old logbooks. I'm sure anyone who's been flying for a while has a little collection. Here is mine:

Outside of the legal requirements it is completely personal preference. I now prefer the electronic version. Hence the iPhone in the photo. I use Foreflight, everything fits nicely there. It is very powerful. I can generate all sorts of reports, endorse students, take and save photos of the flight. Even re-fly the whole trip virtually with the 3D imagery. I think the best part is the process is mostly automated. Most of the data fields are filled for you, provided you use Foreflight during the flight of course.

I'm not particularly nostalgic, but now that I'm teaching my daughter to fly its great to save photos of each flight and share the memories we're making together. The books will go back in their metal box for probably the next 10 years but the photos can be viewed and shared any time with a few touches of the screen.

Good luck. I hope you find the perfect solution for you.

having wasted a lot of time transferring to a free electonic log (4000 hrs at the time) that then became expensive  zululog   i now only use the aircraft time sheets . adding a column for night , apps, ifr  etc as req   approved by cfi and dpe as mtg rule

minimum time to do and u have pen at ready for time sheet anyway   u can always add notes
I replaced my original Gliem logbook with a "Professional" version when I ran out of category columns.  The ubiquitous Student Pilot logbook does not have enough columns for ASEL, ASES, AMEL, Rotorcraft, & Glider.  🙃