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PPG Logbook Solution

My PPG Logbook Solution: A Jepp Log

Logbooks are Vital to Keeping Accurate Time

After getting my feet wet in PPG I knew I had to figure out a thorough and comprehensive way to track time. I wanted to keep track of all kinds of time actually… Time in the air, time on the wing (including kiting), time on the motor, what kind of time, and the like. I wanted to be able to look back and see exactly how much time each piece of equipment had on it, when the last service or annual was, and how much time I could expect to have left from whatever gear I was curious about. I also wanted to keep track of how much experience I was getting as a PPG pilot, and what kind of experience it was. Getting various pilots licences and ratings in my other life tends to breed this kind of meticulousness in time logging – In that world it’s for the FAA, for the flight school(s), and for the flying jobs you eventually want to earn. For me it just seemed natural to have that discipline carry over to PPG. However, in my professional flying job I use a computer based logbook – Quite sterile by comparison when it comes to recording the kind of passions that PPG stokes in me ~ I want my PPG flying log to be personal – I want all the emotions that PPG produced in me on that particular flight to be readily apparent through my pen, pressed into the paper of my log to varying amounts of degree reminiscent to the charge or feeling that I experienced ~ Quite frankly, this IS my PPG journal..

My PPG Logbook Solution: It's PersonalAfter looking for a solution on several different occasions, I’ve come away with the very apparent impression that there is a shortage of dedicated PPG log books out there. I guess I had my hopes up.. But as fate would have it, I just happened to have a spare Jeppesen Logbook on the shelf from my commercial pilot training days. After examining it’s usability for PPG flight logging, the answer was obvious. With very little adaptation I could convert this full featured Jeppesen log into a PPG logbook. In fact, it actually works quite well and I am able to pretty much track every type of PPG time I want. Here’s how I do it.

My PPG Logbook Solution: Specific Time LoggedFirst, you have to get a Jeppesen Professional Pilot Logbook. Here’s a good link. They’re about $26.99 online and about 1/2 inch thick – Plenty of space for years of PPG flying in my opinion. Now, the log has some blank columns where you can specify the individual kind of time you want to track. For me, I want to know sun exposure, motor and kiting time, among the more usual tracking times such as total flight time, dual instruction received, etc., which Jeppesen already provides for you. One thing I like to track is the amount of takeoffs and what kind they were. This way I can see over time whether or not my blown inflation’s are getting better! For instance if one flight has 2 forward launches, I know that I blew one.

“I want all the emotions that PPG produced in me on that particular flight to be readily apparent through my pen, pressed into the paper of my log to varying amounts of degree reminiscent to the charge or feeling that I experienced…”

My PPG Logbook Solution: It's MeaningfulOne more thing to mention. I don’t know if you’re a perfectionist like me, but if you are, logging your PPG time allows you get very specific as to the amount of time you’re logging. You can do this by breaking down the time into tenths of an hour. In other words, 1 hour/60 minutes divided by 10 = 6 minute increments… So, If I’ve kited for 15 minutes, I’ll log .3 on the wing for sun exposure. If you do the math this equates to 18 minutes (3 x 6 min), I know… But I like to round-up conservatively. In the rows where there’s open space I’ll also write big one liners for memorable events that deserve the extra real estate. Yes the Jeppesen Professional Pilot Log also has a ‘remarks’ block for each flight as well – But I usually just put the basics in there on that particular flight, not the memorable mentions. Another thing I’ll use the wide open spaces in the rows for is to mark the important mile stones – Things like wing inspections, line replacements, spark plug changes, and the like… The ‘remarks’ block is just too small when you’re going back looking for this kind of important stuff.

In closing, how you log your PPG time or even if you do is entirely up to you. For me, this is a convenient way to answer the seemingly all too often questions I have about my time and my equipment’s time, as well as when the last time this or that occurred. You don’t have to get as in-depth as I do, but this is a good way to journal your PPG experiences, while keeping track of all the time.