Most – if not all – aviation scholarships require flight logbook pages.
Having at least 5-10 hours gives you a higher chance of being selected by the scholarship committee because it shows that you have taken initiative and are dedicated to becoming a pilot. Logbooks will also stick with you for your entire career and are a direct representation of your experience, attention to detail, professionalism, and organizational skills.
For scholarships, logbooks are a very easy way to gain 5-10 points. On the other hand, it would be a genuine shame to have points deducted due to a lack of a logbook. This is one of the easiest things to control. Don’t miss this opportunity.
There are two options for logbooks: a traditional paper logbook and/or an electronic logbook. There are many options for electronic logbooks ranging from an excel document to an electronic logbook platform such as MCCPilotLog, Logten Pro, Foreflight Logbook, etc. Electronic logbooks are highly-recommended; if not as a primary, at least as a backup, for several reasons.
- They can be saved in multiple locations, including the cloud- so you are less likely to lose your records.
- When pulling total time by category, class, flight condition, instrument approaches, etc. – an electronic logbook helps with the calculations. This may not seem important when you only have a few hours but, once you get into the thousands, it is efficient and thus a HUGE time saver.
- When applying for scholarships, the product is cleaner and easier for the scholarship committee to read.
- Signing every page is a single click in the main settings.
- They can be printed and bound into a logbook with three-ring binders for simplicity. This also makes adding pages as you gain experience a cinch. There are many great options available online such as Prosoft Binders.
- If you make a mistake, you can easily fix it.
- Some logbook software interfaces with regional and major airline flight-scheduling software for seamless and easy logging of flights long into your flying career.
When submitting logbooks – be sure to FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.
- Submitting the wrong number of pages.
- Not including totals for each column.
- Not signing each page.
- Sloppy scanning technique.
Solutions: (see lesson photos under the blue hyperlink)
- If the application requests the last two pages, this means the last two FULL pages – which include dates and tail numbers through number of landings. Click the blue hyperlink for a Logbook Example that shows pages 76-L and 76-R. This is considered one full page – page 76. Some applications ask for the last two pages and some ask for the last four or more. If it requires the last two pages, this actually means a total of four pages. If it requires the last four pages, this actually means eight pages. This confuses and disqualifies many applicants. As always, follow directions and reach out to a mentor if it is still unclear.
- Total each column. This is easy with electronic logbooks. For paper logbooks, use black or blue ink. NEVER pencil. If you make a mistake, draw a line through from left to right and write the corrected total above it. Then initial the change.
- Sign each page of your logbook where the signature is requested. This is done to signify that you are stating the validity and accuracy of your flight log. For electronic logbooks, a digital signature is appropriate, and one-click in the software adds it to all pages automatically.
- Creating a PDF of your logbook pages.
- Paper Logbook: Scan to PDF. Ensure that the logbook is aligned neatly on the page. Crooked or illegible pages appear sloppy and lazy and cause you to lose points.
- Electronic Logbook: Most electronic-logbook platforms are easy to print to PDF. They also offer various logbook formats and options.