9 reasons why Excel Pilot Logbook is right for you

9 reasons why Excel Pilot Logbook is right for you

If you’ve arrived at this page, you’re probably looking for a One-time fee Pilot Logbook. And here are the reasons why…

1. You don’t want to pay for an expensive subscription đź’¸

If you want one of the popular Logbook Apps, you’re going to need a loan from the bank (or yet ANOTHER loan after having already paid for your flight training).

Subscription costs can range from $20 – $129 USD per year. That could be upwards of $3,870 USD+ over the course of a 40 year career.

The thing is, it doesn’t have to be that expensive. After all, it’s just a logbook, for goodness sake.

2. You’re not bothered about a feature-rich app

If you want all of the “bells and whistles”, generally, you’re going to have to pay for them in the form of a monthly or yearly subscription.

However, if you just need the essentials along with a few extra conveniences, then you might be better off with another more affordable solution (that still includes support, where needed), but only charges a one-time fee.

3. Syncing your logbook with mobile/tablet may be important to you

Logging flights on your mobile or tablet can be really convenient while you’re in the aeroplane, at the end of your flight. You can then review your entire logbook on your computer at home.

This saves manually writing times and details down and eliminates errors with transposing data from one source to another.

4. You might like to access your logbook in any Web-Browser

That sounds like a handy feature. But if you only have computer or device, then you probably don’t need to.

Free website tools like Google Sheets make it possible for you to upload spreadsheet files and view them directly in your web browser, no matter whose computer you’re on.

5. You don’t need to import Airline rosters

Automatically importing your airline schedule at the end of your roster saves a heap of time! Although you still need to meticulously verify the details of each flight to ensure your logbooks accuracy.

Generally speaking, it works great. Most apps are compatible with hundreds of Airlines around the world.

However, if you’re not an Airline pilot, or you’re quite happy inputting flights yourself, then you’re probably better off by not paying the premium for it.

6. You want full control of your data

Cloud storage can be incredibly helpful for automatically and safely backing up data.

Every App requires some sort of connection to “the cloud” to sync, share and save data. With apps, you generally don’t have a choice in taking part in this sharing of data or not.

Some pilots would feel more comfortable being responsible for their own data storage and data protection by choosing not to sync with the cloud. And that’s fine. Our Electronic Pilot Logbook gives you the power to make that decision yourself.

7. You may need to keep your paper logbook

The first thing you’ll need to do is check to see if your country permits you to use an electronic logbook instead of a paper logbook.

Yes, it’s 2021 – technology says you should be able to – but most Aviation Regulators haven’t yet caught on and improved their regulations.

So, you may need to keep your paper logbook updated but keep in mind that using an electronic logbook will still greatly assist with verifying Page Totals and the like. P.S. it’s how our founder logs his hours!

8. Printing your logbook might be necessary

We get it. It’s hard to say goodbye to your original paper logbook. But as mentioned above, it may still be necessary to Print your logbook entries.

Most apps do allow you to print your entire logbook with ease. There are also several companies that offer a professional Printing & Binding service specifically for electronic logbooks.

While you can’t print your entire logbook all at once, Excel Pilot Logbook does allow you to print your logbook pages (2 double-sided pages at a time) aligned with your countries prescribed layout.

9. All Pilot’s should use an electronic logbook

To be honest, an electronic logbook would be a handy tool for any type of pilot.

Private Pilots could get away with not having advanced Flight & Duty monitoring or fancy features like Automatic Importing. However, Commercial Pilots must have some means of tracking their currency for work.

Airlines typically track all of this data on your behalf, but at the end of the day, it is your responsibility to maintain specific currency and proficiency.


If you’re not interested in paying expensive subscriptions and don’t need all of the bells & whistles, check out our Electronic Pilot Logbook – available for an affordable one-time fee (no subscriptions) and it’s yours for life.

We hope this has sparked some thought and helped to clarify your wants and needs with regard to electronic pilot logbooks.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions or would like to know more.

About the author

Max is an Airline Pilot based in New Zealand. He has a background in Charter flying, Instructing and loves Aerobatics. Holds an Airline Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL) and a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation (BAv). Founder of Excel Pilot Logbook.

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