After your previous logbook data has been imported, it's a good idea to review your new logbook in a few key areas.
Ensure that your Aircraft Types have their Engine Type, Category, and Class attributes configured. Our database will populate this information from the FAA Type Designators. This article offers tips on Managing your Aircraft Types.
It's usually appropriate that each Aircraft entry is assigned a Type. This will be necessary to obtain engine type, category, and class totals in many reports as mentioned above.
LogTen's airport database will automatically populate information for the vast majority of IATA and ICAO airport codes, but it's a good idea to review the airports imported in your Places tab, especially if some of your data may have only contained airport names. IATA codes are not guaranteed to be unique, so enter ICAO codes for the best results. Most place information is optional, but Latitude & Longitude are required for automatic Night time calculations, and a time zone is required to log times relative to the local time zone.
Choose a Default Logbook Layout
To easily start configuring your logbook layout, we recommend setting a Typical Role that best represents your type of flying. The Typical Role choices are sets of predefined layouts appropriate to the role allowing for easy setup. They do not change how the logbook functions under the surface though, just what data is displayed, and don't worry, after selecting, your logbook can be completely customized to your needs!
- On a Mac, the Typical Role can be selected by going to the LogTen menu and selecting Preferences. Typical Role will be at the top of the General tab of the preferences screen.
- On an iPhone or iPad, select the More tab, select Settings, and tap My Logbook. Typical Role is near the top of the screen.
Customize Your Logbook Layout
We don't expect Typical Roles to meet every pilot's individual needs, so the fields in your logbook can be completely customized to show or hide any field.
Note: Hiding a data field does not remove any information recorded in that field.
- On a Mac, select the LogTen menu >> Preferences. The Preferences dialog is broken down into categories with a General settings section, and another tab for each type of data field (e.g. Flight, Time, Crew, etc). Simply tick the box next to each field to make it appear in your file, or un-tick to hide it. Back in the main Logbook tab, each column can be rearranged and resized by clicking and dragging the column header, and the right "detail" section will automatically reorder to reflect the arrangement.
- On an iPhone or iPad, select a flight from the Logbook tab, and then tap Action Button(3 dots) in the top right corner. Select Configure Fields and a Configure section... button at the bottom of each section (Flight, Time, Crew, Notes, etc). Scroll down to the section you want to add or remove fields from and tap Configure section. In this window, you can choose to display or hide any of the available fields by turning their switch On or Off. While in this mode you can also rearrange the fields within their section by pressing and dragging the ≡ ("triple equal") symbol to the right of the row.
Configure Auto-Fill Times
Auto-fill times allow you to automatically fill in other time values whenever Total Time is calculated or entered. It's a great way to save time if your flights are often very similar. For example, if you're an airline captain, you'll probably be recording PIC, IFR, and XC for all your entries. Just configure these to auto-fill and you never have to worry about it!
- On the Mac, select auto-fill times by going to Preferences >Time. Under each time field option, you'll see an additional auto-fill total time checkbox.
- On an iPhone or iPad, go to More >Settings > Time Calculations > Auto Fill Times. Switch on or off the time fields you wish to auto-fill.
Explore the various options in the Reports section and generate some of the reports you may be interested in. Look over the reports to gain an understanding of how LogTen populated the PDF with your data, and make sure all of your data shows up as you would expect it to.
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