"The Aircrew Logbook" allows professional aircrew (on both sides of the flight deck door), private pilots, hobbyists and "Flight Simulator" fans to log their flying hours. It requires Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP or later. If you are considering installation under Vista then please read this first.
It is fully functional except that until you register it imposes a limit on the range of entries you may make in your logbooks of between 6 and 12 months (depending on the logbook type used).
A registration fee of $25 unlocks the program (and any upgrades) completely.
Unlike many logbook programs which use the "spreadsheet" model, "The Aircrew Logbook" supports dedicated logbook types, each with their own dialog box for data entry. Logbook types are available for Pilot's, Flight Engineers and Flight Attendants in both "American" and "British" formats. There are also logbook types provided to record Simulator and Office duties as well as a basic "Diary". You may have multiple logbooks open simultaneously. For a screenshot of an open logbook click here.
The program checks each logbook entry for consistency. It also maintains a database of aircraft types so that you generally only have to enter the aircraft registration. It also uses an airfield database which allows it to translate automatically between IATA and ICAO codes and, for pilot's logbooks, can allow it to estimate the amount of night flying.
Optionally, you can store up to nine columns of financial data associated with each flight. Display of this data may also be password protected if you wish. These columns may also be used to display additional flying hour sub-totals (such as instrument flying) if desired.
You can choose to view just the key columns of your logbook on the screen to save clutter. You can also create "filtered" logbooks from you existing logbooks to show, for example, all departures from a particular airport or all flights with a particular crew. You may also view a graphical summary of your flying/duty hours. Printing is fully supported with a number of "print-only" customizations available.
Unlike some logbooks The Aircrew Logbook provides you with the ability to import data from external sources and to export data to a dBase III compatible file. As a result, a decision to try the program does not lock you forever within its embrace.
The program knows how to talk directly to Microsoft's Outlook program. If you have a Windows CE machine or any other PDA which can syncronize with Outlook's Calendar then you can make logbook entries in that machine and import them into your logbook when you get home. The Aircrew Logbook can also read the text data files produced by some other digital diaries.
There is an address book integrated into the program. This allows you to store contact information about the folks you fly with and allows interactive searching of that same data from within the program.
The program also allows you to schedule reminders. These can vary in type from aviation medicals (with intelligent handling of an end of the month expiry date) to birthdays. You can also schedule a pre-warning that a reminder is becoming due.